Indoor climbing is increasingly becoming a popular form of rock climbing along with ice climbing. Particularly, this sport is especially for people who do not have the time to go out of town to satisfy their urge for this physically demanding activity. The growing number of indoor rock climbing facilities is a testament to this phenomenon. If you are interested in pursuing this sport, here is some of the climbing gear you will need.
- Rock climbing shoes. One of the first items you should purchase as a novice of indoor rock climbing is a good pair of comfortable rock climbing shoes. When choosing shoes, consider the type of rubber, heel shape, and curvature of the shoe you are buying. You will also need to decide whether you want slip-on or lace-up climbing shoes. Some of the top climbing shoe brands in the market today are Evolv, Five Ten, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Mad Rock and Mammut.
- Rock climbing clothes. Once you have made up your mind to pursue rock climbing, you should go out and buy clothes that you will use for the sport. Clothes for rock climbing should allow the wearer the flexibility he needs to complete his climb. As such, these clothes are made from strong and reinforced textile that will bend and move with the wearer. For the new climber, a single pair of tops and bottoms will do, especially if you are not going indoor rock climbing on a daily basis. For the fashion conscious climber, do not worry. Most rock climbing clothing is so fashionable that they can easily pass for casual clothing. Popular rock climbing clothing brands include North Face, Patagonia, and Royal Robbins
- Rock climbing helmets. Although most indoor rock climbing facilities rent out helmets to climbers, you can still bring your own. Aside from being a perfect fit, your own rock climbing helmet has the added benefit of making you feel safer during the climb. When purchasing your own rock climbing helmet, make sure that it complies with the standards of either the Union Internationale des Associations d' Alpinisme (UIAA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or the Community European (CE). In addition, when choosing helmets, consider the adjustability, weight and ventilation of the helmet you plan on buying. Helmets should have a tight fit, but not so tight as to make the wearer feel uncomfortable. Your helmet should also be not too heavy for you; a typical helmet weights about 280 to 480 grams. As for ventilation, make sure that the helmet you are buying has holes for ventilation. Some of the well-known manufacturers of rock climbing helmets are Petzl Charlet, Black Diamond, and Camp USA.
Other climbing gear that you will need will be provided by the indoor rock climbing facility. These include carabiners, belay devices, a chalk bag, climbing harness, climbing holds, climbing pads, and gri gri. Other equipment, such as crash pads and wall equipment, will also be provided at the facility. You do not need to purchase these unless you will pursue outdoor rock climbing or ice climbing.