Gears for safe indoor and outdoor climbing
Today many people like to climb on an indoor climbing wall and there is specific climbing gear made for this type of climbing. Of course the real thing out in nature is also very popular. Regardless, having the right equipment is important to your safety and your success.
Harness for indoor climbing
One of the first things that you need to consider is a climbing harness, which you can find at a climbing shop. You should test it out by trying to swing from it and see how it feels while you are hanging in it.
This will enable you to get the right size and comfortable fit. You will be using your harness every time you go wall climbing indoors. Make sure that the harness is padded on both the legs and waist area so you will feel comfortable. A harness is fundamental to your safety and success.
The type of rock shoes you select should feel good on your feet and fit very comfortably. The rock shoes that you wear will determine how well you are able to climb. Rock shoes vary and there are many different styles to select. You want your rock shoes to touch the end of the toes. When you twist your foot, the shoe should be able to twist with your foot without any slippage. The rock shoes stretch so remember when you first start to climb that your shoes will stretch this is very important. When you get the right shoes then you will be able to climb with ease.
You will need a Belay Device, which is referred to as the DMM bug. This is good for all-round use on ropes that are 9.0 mm to 11 mm. If you are going to use a slimmer rope, make sure that your Belay device fits and will be safe for your rock climbing. You should also include a chalk bag and chalk to use while you are climbing. Put the chalk bag on 1.5 mm cord so you can easily reach it when you need to use the chalk.
Eventually you will want to climb on the side of cliffs as well as climbing mountains. The experience you get climbing walls will enhance your ability to climb outdoors. You should always make sure that your equipment is secure and in very good condition before you attempt any sort of climbing expedition.
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