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rock climbing gear Rock climbing is a time-honored sport, but one that was relatively exclusive until the last few years.  Thanks to the invention of indoor rock climbing facilities, the sport has enjoyed a renaissance.  People around the world have begun to embrace the sport, and competitive events are becoming more and more prevalent.

Basic rock climbing equipment needs include a harness and rope.  The most common harness design wraps under and between the legs.  This design is great for preventing injury during a fall, and it allows rock climbers to maintain a comfortable "seated" position while taking a break or picking a route.  Rock climbing ropes are constructed from heavy duty polymers, and are tested with extreme weights to ensure their strength during use.

Helmets are a requirement for most rock climbing facilities, as well.  The fall itself is prevented by the harness and the safety tethers, but that doesn't mean you might not fall against the wall, so wearing a helmet can prevent concussions or other serious head injuries.  Rock climbing helmets are a lot like those you'll find for skateboarders and rollerbladers.

Climbers who traverse natural rock faces will also need spikes and loops, which they use to place their ropes at higher and higher levels as they ascend.  Many outdoor rock climbers also utilize spiked boots to help them maintain their grip and footing during the climb.

Rock Climbing Equipment Dealers

  • REI - Climbing Gear
    Specialty outdoor gear and clothing supplier.  Founded in 1938 as a consumer cooperative to purchase high-quality mountain climbing equipment, Recreational Equipment, Inc. has grown to offer a wide range of outdoor equipment and apparel via the Internet and through its chain of retail stores.
    www.REI.com
  • Bob Wards - Climbing Gear
    Montana-based source of sporting goods and outdoor equipment.  Bob Wards was founded in 1917 and features a series of branded concept shops online.
    www.BobWards.com

Climbing Equipment Manufacturers

  • Black Diamond Equipment
    This manufacturer of rock climbing gear features a good selection of carabiners, harnesses, helmets, rock shoes, belay and rappel devices, rope and webbing, and much more.
    www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com
  • Omega Pacific Climbing
    Leader in advancing carabiner technology features carabiners which offer performance, quality and value.
    www.OmegaPac.com
  • Trango
    Colorado firm offers a wide selection of innovative climbing gear and accessories.
    www.Trango.com
  • Nicros
    Minnesota firm offers quality products and services to the climbing industry.  Offerings include climbing walls, handholds, and climbing gear.
    www.Nicros.com
  • Fixe Hardware
    Supplier of anchoring systems designed specifically for climbing.
    www.FIXEUSA.com

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