Do you want to start climbing?

Climbing is a sport that can be performed both indoors and outdoors. There are different types of climbing, for which you need various kinds of equipment. Bouldering is the form of climbing that requires the least equipment, just a pair of shoes and some chalk. If you want to climb with ropes, you will also need a climbing harness, rope brake and a carabiner. The forms of climbing commonly referred to are sport climbing, bouldering, tree climbing and alpine climbing.

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What shoes should I wear?

For beginners, it' s a good idea to choose a “gentle” climbing shoe, a shoe with a flat, soft sole. Keep in mind that a climbing shoe should fit tightly on the foot, the toe should touch the tip of the shoe for an optimal grip on the rock. If you're a more experienced climber, a more “aggressive” shoe might be preferable, one where the toe itself is more pointed downwards, providing additional contact with the rock.


What should I keep in mind when buying a climbing harness?

The most important thing when buying your first harness is that it should feel comfortable on your body. Adjustable leg straps are preferable. Make sure the harness fits tightly around your waist and cannot be pulled down over your hips. Gear loops are available on most climbing harnesses, you can hang your carabiners, brake and chalk bag on them.

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Which rope brake should I choose as a beginner?

A rope brake is used for belaying climbers or for rappelling. There are a variety of rope brakes that work in different ways and that fit different types of ropes. The most common brake for beginners is called Atc-brake and it's the one you use when performing top rope climbs. More advanced rope brakes are often self-locking, which provides extra safety for both the climber and the belayer.


Which carabiner should I use for my rope brake?

The most important thing when you buy your first carabiner is to check that it is made for climbing, and that it is a carabiner that can be locked. Depending on what your rope brake looks like, different carabiners are recommended; be sure to check that the carbine is compatible with your brake.


What kind of chalk should I buy?

Chalk is used to get a better grip on the wall, it makes your hands less damp. You can buy chalk in bulk, in a ball, in liquid and in block form. For bouldering you can use any kind, for rope climbing it is most convenient to use loose chalk which you keep in a chalk bag.


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