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The Ultimate Rock-Climbing Packing List – The Essentials for Rock Climbing

Making sure you have enough water, food and have all the required equipment is very important when embarking on a day of rock climbing. Here are some of the things that you should consider packing.

1

Climbing clothing

There are lots of brands that make climbing clothes but buying climbing clothes isn't a must. The clothes just need to comfortable and not get in the way of your gear, ropes and yourself. They also should give you the flexibility to move around and make sweat dry fast. If it's chilly pack a jacket. Similar to hiking make sure to bring a change of clothes to wear after the climb because the ones you wear for the climb will get dirty and sweaty.

2

Harness

The main purposes of wearing a harness are to effectively lock your body against the rope and act as a safety precaution in case you lose your grip. However, most of the harnesses have been customized to factor in the varying needs of the climbers. Most harnesses consist of 2 parts, legs loos and the waist belt. Make sure to wear the harness, it isn't too tight and can support your body before buying it as having the harness problems during your climb is the last thing you'll need.

3

Climbing shoes

if you're rock climbing at some of the Oman attractions while staying at a hotel in the country similar to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort you'll realize that some of the more challenging mountains are very steep. To make sure that you maintain your balance buy shoes that'll provide enough friction to grip the footholds. The shoes should fit snugly but shouldn't be too tight. The terrain that you'll be climbing also play a key part when choosing the correct pair of shoes. Climbing shoes are made with a pointed toe and to be lightweight to ensure that you won't cut your feet on overhung areas. Climbing shoes can be used only for climbing as they aren't designed for walking long distances.

4

Helmet

Helmets are a vital part of any rock-climbing kit as they protect your head in case you fall or from any falling debris. You'll notice that most people who engage in indoor rock climbing don't wear helmets as it's a highly controlled environment. But when rock climbing in the outdoors you aren't in control of the environment and wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death.

5

Rope

Having the right rope that supports your body and doesn't weigh you down when climbing is another important thing to consider when packing. If you already own your own rope make sure to check the integrity of your rope before each climb.

6

Rope bag

Also known as a Crag bag, rope bag stores are used to store your ropes, quickdraws and shoes. They have a utilitarian design that makes them look like a duffel bag.

7

Quickdraws

Quickdraws or extensions are tools used in rock and ice climbing to help the rope run smoothly through bolt anchors and other similar protective gear.

8

Carabiners

Made using lightweight but strong metal rings connected to a spring-loaded gate, carabiners connect the rope used for climbing to other equipment like camming devices, nuts and bolts.

9

Chalk

When you're climbing having moisture on your hands can cause you to lose your gripping. Climbers use chalk to remove excess sweat, get a better grip and avoid slipping.