Climbing Gift Guide

ClimbingShopping for a rock climber might be a little challenging, especially if you don’t know the first thing about climbing. You might know that a rope is important, but you might not know what kind of rope you need in order to rock climb, and a wishlist of quickdraws and Grigris might just conjure images of old western style shootouts in outer space. Consider this list of gift ideas for climbers as your guide.

Quickdraws are basically two carabiners attached to a piece of webbing. They’re necessary for rope climbing, and they make great gifts.

Trad and sport climbers won’t be able to get off the ground without a belay device. This (along with a rope and a savvy climbing partner) is what keeps a climber safe. Belay devices can be as advanced as the Petzl Grigri, or as basic as a simple Metolius BRD.

There was a time when people climbed in boots. Today, there are special climbing shoes designed specifically for the sport. There are different types of climbing shoes, and some are better suited for different types of climbing. Be sure you know what you’re looking for before you make a purchase.

There are basically two types of climbing. Climbing done with a rope, and climbing done without a rope. Traditional and sport climbers need a rope. It can’t be just any rope, however. It has to be a dynamic rope that can compensate for lead falls. The diameter of the rope will depend on the belay device and preference.

Climbers who like to boulder don’t need a rope, but they do need a crash pad. Crash pads are portable foam mats that create a protective landing zone for climbers.

Chalk is to climbing as toothpaste is to brushing your teeth. You can brush your teeth without toothpaste, but it feels strange, and it’s not as effective.

You need a something to haul all that chalk around. A small chalk bag is perfect for rope climbers, while a bigger chalk bucket with a wide mouth is great for bouldering.

Oils from fingers and grime can build up on the holds of popular climbs. A sturdy boars hair brush will clean holds, absorb oils, and ensure optimal conditions for sending your project.

Every climber wishes that they were better or stronger. A hangboard can help train grip strength and endurance.

A softshell jacket offers the perfect blend of insulation, weather protection, and breathability for climbing in less than ideal conditions.

A belay jacket is absolutely necessary on cold days at the crag. You want something that is lightweight and packable, but also warm. Down or synthetic down options are ideal.

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