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Clothing and Equipment for Rock Climbing

By 23rd October 2018September 13th, 2022Kit Lists, Resources, Rock Climbing, Summer

Clothing and Equipment for Rock Climbing


Climbing shoes


Base-layer top (Synthetic or synthetic/wool blend. Never cotton – “cotton kills”)


Trousers (possibly light soft-shell), flexible enough to allow full range of movement

Fleece/insulation layer (x2 if weather is cold)

‘Belay jacket’ – warm, insulated jacket to fit over all other clothes (if weather is cold)

Walking boots/approach shoes/trainers

Hat (should fit under helmet)

Fleece buff or scarf

Warm gloves

Hard-shell waterproof jacket

Waterproof over-trousers


Climbing harness (if you already own one)

Climbing helmet (if you already own one)

Climbing hardware, including belay device (if you already own them)


Camera and case (optional)

Mobile phone and waterproof case (optional)

Head-torch plus spare batteries


Rucksack – probably 30-40 litres

Dry-bags for packing stuff in

Personal medication (and simple treatments, eg blister kit)


Thermos flask and/or hydration pack/water bottle

Lunch snacks

WAG Bag for toilet waste

Notebook & pen

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Personal Clothing and Equipment – Rock-Climbing