It can be daunting buying,hiring,borrowing new climbing gear especially when your safety is involved. Our guide to 'what to buy,hire, borrow, wear' should help point you in the right direction. The section covers most of the kit you would need for indoor climbing in London and touches on some of the climbing equipment you may need if you are thinking about heading farther afield.

Indoor Equipment covered:
-Climbing Shoes
-Climbing 'gear' - Carabiners, Belays and slings etc.
-Other gear rock climbing gear

What to climbing gear to buy, hire, borrow, wear?

Rock Climbing Essentials

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Quick Draws

A quick draw forms the link between the climber's rope and the protecting gear (cams,anchor,etc). They come in various lengths and are made up of two carabiners and the connecting "extender" in the middle. The longer they are the less likely twists and turns in the rope will lift out protection in trad-climbing but for sport this is less of a concern. When lead climbing indoors the majority of the centres will have quick draws already placed but if you are heading out then invest.

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