Since I discovered my love for trad climbing, I’ve been obsessing a little bit with gear… Here are some of my current favourite picks.
1. La Sportiva Solution Rock Climbing Chalk Bag – I like La Spotiva’s chalk bags because of their unusual yellow and colourful patterns. This one seems a perfect size if you want to keep it on when you climb.
2. Black Diamond Women’s Primrose Speed Adjust Harness – The Primrose Speed is a durable and breathable harness designed specifically for women. I love the fact that you can adjust the whole harness to your body, including the leg loops. It also has many different features, which must come in handy if you’re leading. Reviews say it’s very comfortable, which is super important for a harness…!
*Edit: I now own it, and it’s super comfy! The padding makes it very comfortable even when abseiling/being lowered down. The 4 gear loops offer a lot of space for gear and for an extra pair of shoes you may need to take with you to the top of the crag.
3. Rab Women’s Baltoro Alpine Jacket – Dressing for climbing in spring and summer in the UK can be tricky – the wind can start blowing at any time. But because you’re exercising, you need a breathable light jacket that is also waterproof. Well, the Baltoro Alpine combines all these features and also looks really good. If only it wasn’t so expensive!
4. Osprey Variant 37 Rucksack – This extremely tough backpack is abrasion resistant, making it the perfect durable companion for climbing in any season. Not surprisingly, it is hydration bladder compatible, which comes in handy if you’re multi-pitching. I like that its hip belt is removable (it can be so annoying sometimes!). It even has an emergency whistle. What more can you ask for in a rucksack?
5. Scarpa Velocity V Climbing Shoes – I fell in love with Scarpa shoes, both for hiking and climbing. They are so comfortable and of such good quality. I like the fact that the Velocity V has straps – it’s really quick and easy to take them off when your feet are sore after a long climbing session. The fact that the straps are inverted makes them adjust amazingly to your feet’ shape, even if you have very skinny feet.
6. Edelrid Shield II – Ok, maybe the fact that light blue is my absolute favourite colour plays a role in this choice. But! There are only a few climbing helmets designed specifically for women out there. Also, the head torch clips are very handy to climb after sunset.
So those were some pieces of climbing gear I’d love to own. Maybe you fancy a look at my camping equipment wish list too?
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