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.
- 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.
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.
- Omega Pacific Climbing
Leader in advancing carabiner technology features carabiners
which offer performance, quality and value.
Colorado firm offers a wide selection of innovative climbing
gear and accessories.
Minnesota firm offers quality products and services to the
climbing industry. Offerings include climbing walls, handholds, and
- Fixe Hardware
Supplier of anchoring systems designed specifically for
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