Equipment

Walk into any climbing shop or browse a climbing website and you’ll be confronted with lots of different climbing equipment.  Huge amounts of shiny, colourful, anodised and often expensive gear, hanging there just waiting to be purchased.  (Here at Climbing Explained we’re like magpies when it comes to expensive shiny kit…we just can’t resist it!)

So what equipment do you need when starting out?  How do you choose which rock boots to buy and just what is Gri-Gri?!?  Well look no further.  Below is a comprehensive guide to each piece of equipment, what it looks like, what it’s used for and what you should ask your local climbing shop or web retailer before spending your hard earned cash.  Click on the items below for a full description, pictures and in some cases a video.  

ATC – see Belay Device
Beaner – see Karabiner
Belay Device
Biner – see Karabiner
Bouldering Brush
Bouldering Mat
Campus Board (*includes Video)
Carabiner – see Karabiner
Chalk
Chalk Bag
Climbing Tape – see Tape
Climbing Shoes – see Rock Shoes
Crash Pad – see Bouldering Mat
Descender – see Rappel Devices
Figure Eight – see Rappel Devices
Fingerboard
Friends – See Spring Loaded Camming Device
GriGri – See Belay Device.
Harness
Helmet
Hexes
Karabiner

Krab – see Karabiner
Nut Key
Nuts
Quickdraws
Rappel Devices
Rock Shoes
Rope
Rope Bag
Self Belay Device

Sling
Spring Loaded Camming Device (SLCD)
Tape
Webbing – see Sling