What to Know Before Starting Rock Climbing (part 2)



Equipment for rock climbing sports

Equipment for rock climbing sports must be lightweight, neat, focused on efficiency, handy but not reducing the climbing speed. The essential items include: ropes, climbing protection belts, climbing shoes, double-hooked laces, helmets, chalks and chalk bags.

Climbing rope

Most athletic rock climbers use a single kinetic cord. In terms of length, a 60m rope is sufficient, however, some modern sports rock climbing terrain requires 70m rope type. If you are unsure about the length of rope you need, ask others or refer to the instruction manual.

These cables may be waterproof or not. Water-resistant ropes are usually more expensive because they have been treated with waterproofing, are easier to bend and are stronger in case you encounter rain or snow. However, most sports rock climbers often return when it rains , so if you’re just rock climbing sports you can save money with waterproof cord.

Climbing protection belt

The safety belt is specifically designed for sport climbing that is usually light and slim, but has pads to absorb recoil from repeated falls. The slim design with fewer mounting rings helps reduce weight and maximize fluidity.

Rock climbing shoes

Because rock climbing is often short and very difficult, rock climbers often choose improved or specialized shoes, with a slender tip, thin soles and a slight bend to feel the most secure grip. This shape helps put your foot in a stable position even when standing on small clinging tissues, but sometimes it will feel uncomfortable. If you are new, you will like the basic shoes, which will make your feet more comfortable as you gradually improve your level.

Some rock climbers also prefer shoes with a rubber neck band or a strap to make them easier to put on / take off.

Double-ended hook

Most rock climbers use a double-headed hook (including 2 hangers attached to the rope). Usually one hook will be straight latch, while the other will be bent latch. The straight type is often used to hook into key points, while the curved type makes it easy to hook into the rope.

Instead of buying the existing double-head hook, you can design your own rope hook if you like to combine different types of mountaineering hanger. Just buy the straight and curved hook you like.

Helmet

When hiking outdoors, wear a dedicated helmet. Mountain climbing helmets are designed to protect the head from falling rocks or debris as well as other falls. However, with the artificial environment in the gym, you usually do not need a helmet.

Helmets must be comfortable, fit snugly, not too tight or too wide. They have a thick, heavy-duty protective shell, and the inside consists of cushioning, headband and head straps. All mountain climbing helmets must meet the standards of the UIAA International Climbing Federation and the European Standard Commission CE to be able to protect your head from collisions on top or on both sides.

Chalks and chalk bags

It is essential to keep your hands dry when performing dangerous movements with thin spots.