A rack is a collection of climbing gear that a climber requires.  There are many different climbing racks, for example a sport rack will include a large amount of quick draws and a limited amount of climbing protection, where as a traditional rack will focus more heavily on climbing protection.  Initially it can be expensive to purchase a rack outright, therefore most climbers build up their racks as they improve, concentrating on the climbing gear that they require for their most common climbs.  Each climbers ideal rack will be different, depending on the type of climbing they do and the locations they wish to climb.  As a general guide though a basic climbing rack usually comprises of the following items:

  • 1 x Belay Device
  • 4 x Screwgate Karabiners
  • 10 x Wire Snapgate Karabiners.
  • 1 x Set of Rocks (Sizes 1 to10).
  • 3 x Hexes (Sizes 5, 7 and 9).
  • 2 x Cams (Sizes 1 and 2).
  • 3 x 120cm Slings.
  • A Helmet

Obviously it’s worth seeing what your friends initially have before purchasing your own rack and we would definitely advise that you talk to your local climbing shop to discuss your requirements before spending your hard earned cash.