Essential equipment for climbing

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I am new to the sport and am interested in knowing about some of the equipment. What sort of equipment should I think of buying before starting out on the rocks? I will be mostly doing trad climbs.  

22 Feb 2004 21:03
I started 1 year ago and this is what I got first (after renting equipments in Gyms to see if I like that..)

- Harnesses
- Shoe
- Master screw biner (for belaying)
- Chalk Bag
- Chalk
- Rope (for me and my girlfriend)

** Optional, for outside
- 4 srew carabiner (for the relay)
- 2 slings (for the relay)
- Maybe an helmet, it's always safer

** Sport
I add 12 quickdraws, two more master carabiners and two more slings for sport climbing.

** Futur Trad
And now starting to collect trad protection.  

22 Feb 2004 21:08
The most important piece of gear I could recommend is a harness. After that you can worry about purchasing shoes, chalkbag and then ropes and gear.

I'm assuming since you said you will mostly be doing trad that you already know some climbers and have tried trad climbing before. If you don't know what you're doing then don't by gear you don't know how to use. Learn the basics first, find a partner who is good at trad, use their gear, second their leads and learn learn learn.  

22 Feb 2004 21:09
Been climbing for a fair old time.

Started off with just boots after lending the climbing clubs battered ones. next buy was a chalk bag the;

Screwgate crab
ATC belay device

After the big spend, I started to get some runners and a rope. I was mainly climbing bolted routes so no pro needed at the time.

Then I started getting some pro;

A set of nuts, hex's and a few slings.

This pretty much got me fully up and running.  

28 Apr 2004 13:35

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