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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Belay Devices

Belay devices are another essential piece of climbing equipment. There are several styles of devices - ATC's, Figure 8's, stitch plates and gri-gris etc. They mainly use friction to control the rope of a person climbing/repelling and if used correctly will stop a falling climber. We use the ATC style (in the image) as they are light and easy to use but that is personal preference. For more info on belays check out the wikipedia section link below.

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