Sport climbers need a bit more equipment to safely practice their sport. In addition to the climbing shoes and chalk bag, the climbing equipment of a sport climber consists of at least a climbing rope, quickdraws, carabiners, a belay device and a climbing helmet.
Sport climbers tend to use single ropes. They are easy to handle and can be clipped in quickly. This type of rope is usually the best choice for relatively straight routes and secure climbing on the climbing walls. Caution: Before setting of on a tour you must make sure your rope is long enough (check the climbing topo or ask the locals). Too many serious accidents have occurred as a result of ropes that were too short. At the end of the day, the best climbing equipment is only as good as the climber using it! A conscientious climber gets acquainted with each and every piece of their equipment. Experienced climbing partners and trained climbing instructors can provide you with information about the limits and uses of climbing equipment which you won’t find in the instructions.
Quickdraws serve as connection between the climbing rope and the bolts. Locking carabiners can be used in various ways, in combination with a belay device, for example. Ultimately it doesn’t matter which type of belay device you go for (tube or semi-automatic) as long as you are familiar with your equipment.
Not all sport climbers wear a helmet, but you shouldn’t allow this to influence your decision. As with cycling, helmets should be a matter of course for climbers. Helmets protect against impact from a fall and falling rocks. Falling stones can even occur at busy climbing centres and stones aren’t choosy, they’ll hit you in the head whether you’re a novice or pro!
When it comes to ice climbing and the great north faces of the Alps, choosing your climbing equipment becomes a science and the sport a material arms race. During long high alpine climbing tours in particular, you never know what conditions you’ll encounter so you need climbing equipment for every eventuality with you. That means a full set of mountain climbing equipment plus full ice climbing gear.
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