Sport Climbing Equipment

Rock Climbing Equipment

Sport climbing is somewhat like the happy medium between indoor and traditional climbing; there is less gear needed than traditional climbing but you still get the true outdoor climbing experience. So let's take a look at the extra gear you'll need to get out of the climbing gym and into the wild!


Outdoor Sport Climbing Gear

In addition to your basic gear of a harness, belay device, carabiner, shoes and chalk you will also need...

Rope: Your rope is your life. Make sure it stays clean and dry in  a rope bag, and frequently check for wearing or tears. Rope preference is usually based off the length of the routes you want to do and how flexible or durable you want it to be. I have found this Petzl Single Rope to be durable and not too stiff, even when new.

Quickdraws: A quickdraw is simply two carabiners (one locking and one gated) held together with sewn webbing. They only the rope to move freely while the climber clips into bolts on the route. Quickdraws cost only 10 dollars a piece, but that can add up quickly as you usually need about 12 per route. You can save a bit of money by buying them in a pack.

Nylon or Spectra Slings: Usually one or two 60cm and one or two 120cm slings. These are mostly used to create or extend an anchor (typically to a rock or sturdy tree). Like your rope, it is important to make sure your slings are in good condition and replaced every few years or sooner.

Oval or Locking Carabiners: Again mostly used for creating or strengthening anchors. It's good to have 2 or 3 on hand.

Helmet: Not every climber uses one, but it's particularly important to wear when climbing in an area with loose and/or falling rocks.


There is all the equipment you need to get started sport climbing. Always remember to stay safe and climb on!