Anyone who’s gone on a climbing trip knows that packing for the journey can be half the battle.
You need to make sure you have all the essential gear, but you also don’t want to overpack and end up lugging around a lot of unnecessary weight.
So what should you put on your packing list?
Here are a few essential items; read on.
How to Plan an Outdoor Bouldering Trip
Outdoor climbing is a sport that involves climbing up rocks without using ropes or other equipment. You’ll start by spotting an attractive rock and throwing your pad down.
Then you’ll make your way to the top.
Climbing up a challenging boulder can be very rewarding. Enjoying a difficult climb in the open air, especially when the weather is nice, makes the whole thing even better.
Bouldering day trips should be done early in the morning or late in the evening when the weather is cooler.
Bring lots of water, snacks, and sunscreen. You should also bring a sleeping bag and pad. A tent is optional but recommended.
Boulders field should be chosen carefully. You need to know what kind of boulders you’re looking for.
If you’re new to bouldering, you may not want to go to a place with lots of hard problems.
Also, you’ll want to make sure that there are plenty of easier problems.
It’s important to choose a field where you feel comfortable. If it’s too crowded, you won’t enjoy yourself as much.
It would be best to consider how long you plan to stay at the boulders.
Some people like to spend several days at one location while others prefer to move from spot to spot.
Some basic considerations
What you pack depends on your destination, weather, the type of climbing you want, and your means of transport.
Accommodations are also important factors. You’ll need to think about many things when planning a camping trip instead of staying in an apartment.
This list includes gear for sports climbing, but you should leave out the items listed here if you’re going to camp.
You should always take the least amount of things possible. Carrying too many items makes your life harder, and it also takes more time to get everything out.
You should pack light because you’ll be carrying everything with you. A backpack is the most convenient option, but you could also use a rucksack or a duffel bag. Your rope should be stored separately in your backpack.
A multi-tool will come in handy if you’re doing some trad climbing. This tool has multiple uses, so you shouldn’t worry about leaving it behind.
You should also carry a small first aid kit. It’s best to keep this kit separate from your main supplies.
Your climbing shoes should be waterproof and breathable. They should fit comfortably and allow you to walk easily.
Make sure you have enough food and drink for your trip. You’ll need to eat every couple of hours during the day.
Waterproof matches are useful for lighting fires.
Make sure you have a good sleeping bag and pillow. Sleeping outside is fun, but you’ll still need a warm bed to rest in.
Clothing for rock climbing
When you’re preparing for a rock climbing adventure, you’ll need to decide which climbing apparel to wear.
The following options are suitable for different kinds of climbing adventures:
- Top Wool or Synthetic (E.G., Nylon, Polyester)
- Base Layer T-Shirt Wool or Synthetic.
- Mid Weight Base Layer (Fleeces, Hoodies, Merino Wool Pullover).
- Rain Jacket.
- Footwear: Pair of Climbing Shoes (Tennis Shoes are Perfect).
- Shorts. Pants: I.E., Hiking Pants, Yoga Pants – (Climbing In Pants Help Protect Your Knees From Scrapes).
- Lightweight Waterproof Wind/Rain Pants.
- Pair of Socks: Cotton socks are the best for warm weather and cold climates.
- Hat: Wide-brimmed hat is ideal for sun protection & to keep out the rain.
- Gloves: Good quality Leather Gloves will last longer than cheap rubber ones.
- Warm Clothing: Heavy Wool Blanket Or Down Pile Fleece Jackets.
Personal clothing items not for climbing
Warm, comfortable clothes are needed for the winter months.
Sweatpants, jeans, and t-shirts are acceptable. Hoodies, shorts, and sneakers are also acceptable.
A headlamp or flashlight is recommended.
For women, a scarf is necessary to protect against wind chill.
If you’re planning to climb outdoors, bring a hat and gloves.
You’ll be provided with everything you need to climb safely. You’re welcome to bring your equipment if you want to.
The following items must be included in your climbing gear list:
- Rock climbing harness.
- Rental Rope.
- Belay devise.
- Sleeping bag.
- First Aid Kit.
- Fire Starting Kit.
- Cooking Equipment.
Tent. Insulation mattress. Sleeping bag. Stoves. Pot and pans. Forks. Knives. Spoons. Mugs. Camping chairs.
Choose a sleeping bag appropriate for the climate. Don’t bring a pillow. Use a pullover or your towels for a mattress.
Headlamps are essential items for any camping trip. Cellphones and books aren’t necessary, but they’re nice additions. Basic first aid kits are also helpful.
Bring a variety of easy meals such as pasta, rice, couscous, and quinoa. These foods take less time to cook than other dishes.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of water bottles.
It’s important to plan when choosing where to camp. If possible, choose an area that’s close to town.
It’s easier to get food and water when you’re near civilization.
A simple solution to cooking while hiking is to bring a stove and pot. However, if you’re planning to hike fast and light, it might be better to bring a lighter backpack.
You’ll save time and energy by leaving behind some items that aren’t necessary. For example, you could carry a smaller backpack and leave behind a larger one that holds extra clothing and other gear.
It is very important to keep a packing list because without these things, and you won’t be able to enjoy your adventure. So keep this guide handy and remember to check off each item before heading out.