A Rock Climber Gear List

By: Kris Koonar

Without supervision and guidance, rock climbing can be a very dangerous sport. It requires a variety of equipment and gear, which are created to ensure safety. By learning, how to use the gear efficiently, a Rock Climber can protect him from injuries.

Climbing Ropes

A Single Rope- The most common rope used in rock climbing is the single rope, which can be used in a variety of techniques and routes. The single rope is popular among climbers for its simplicity, even though the maximum abseil achieved is half of the actual original rope length.

Twin Ropes- These ropes are used together as a single rope. The twin ropes aid during shock loading and thus suited for alpine climbing or routes where free falling is inevitable. By tying the twin ropes together, a full rope length abseil can be employed. The system is not as safe as the double Rope System, though the durability is the same.

Double Ropes- A double rope is extremely strong and durable and needs to be used in pairs. In a double rope, both the ropes are tied to each other and the entire rope is used in abseil.

Harnesses:

To add to the safety factor during rock climbing, a variety of climbing harnesses have been made available. Each of these harnesses is unique and created to aid both; amateur and professional climbers. Given below are different types of harnesses:

A Sit Harness- A sitting harness is often used to avoid the full body harness. The harness aids climbers, suffering from spinal chord or vertigo. It consists of a leg loops, waist belt and is worn around the hips. This type of climbing harness provides comfort for movement.

Chest Harnesses- The harness is used in avoiding injuries of the back, as it helps in climbing or descending with a heavy pack. It is advisable to use the chest harness and the sit harness together as it prevents inversion of the body.

Full-body Harnesses- A Full-body Harness is a readymade combination of the Chest-and-Sit Harness. The harness was specifically created to aid young climbers as well as adults with frail figure.

Climbing Shoes

Climbing shoes help rock climbers in enhancing their performance and in the application of technique. A variety of climbing shoes are available in the market that offers the climber control and safety. Given below are different types of footwear used in rock climbing:

The climbing shoes for 'Edging Rock'- These types of climbing shoes have supportive coverings and shock absorbing material inside the shoe to avoid feeling sharp 'edges' or angular rock faces. These shoes are made stiff to assist mature climbers on mastering climbing techniques. These shoes possess an inner lining that protects the leg muscles, stops lactic acid formation in calves.

The Smearer Rock Climbing Shoes- A smeared shoes has a more modern make, offering flexibility and grip to the climber. These shoes are made for professional athletes that do not need assistance while climbing, thus accounting for the rounded edges on the shoes.

Climbing Slippers- A climbing slipper can grip overhanging rock faces, smaller holds and cracks. Made for strong feet and offers lesser protection internally.

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