Gear checklist for....climbing

Climbing gear checklist
Tiso, 05 April 2011
Climbing
The equipment you take on your climbing excursions whether  it’s to the local wall/crag or a major mountain route must be selected carefully to ensure you have the right tools for the job.

Equipment must be checked regularly to ensure it is in perfect working order and replaced if necessary rather than making do.  Slings must be checked for abrasion,  helmets/Krabs /cams for wear and tear and stress fractures  and, if in doubt, don’t use it! Some gear – tapes and ropes for example -  have a limited lifespan due to degradation in sunlight so never use old rope or slings as your life may depend on it.

Make sure you know how to use each item properly and are aware of its limitations.
Bouldering:
  • Chalk bag
  • Rock boots
  • Bouldering mat
  • Rag cloth (to wipe shoes before getting on a route)
Sport Climbing
  • Harness
  • 50m or longer length of rope (single, two twins or two half)
  • Rock boots
  • Chalk bag
  • Minimum of ten quick draws
  • HMS karabiner
  • Belay device (ATC or Grigri etc)
  • Helmet
Traditional Climbing
  • Rack of nut's, cam's, hex's (number may vary depending on route)
  • Harness
  • Rock boots
  • Chalk bag
  • 50m or longer length of rope (twin or half preferred)
  • Slings
  • HMS karabiner
  • Belay device
  • Spare karabiners to use on extenders
  • Helmet

Article provided by Tiso staff at Edinburgh International Climbing Centre

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