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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Climbing Shoes

Good climbing/rock shoes will hold you in great stead and should be your first purchase as a climber (as wearing sweaty hire shoes can be a bit off putting). Sizes vary greatly and as standard you should pick a size lower than your normal shoe size. Climbing shoes are inherently uncomfortable, painfully so at times, but it is imperative that shoes be tight to support your foot and give you rigidity in the foot to help you climb on even the smallest toe holds.

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