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Climbing Gear – More Than a Bit of Old Rope

It is fair to say that climbing gear and equipment has come a long way since Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay found themselves at the top of the world, on the summit of Mount Everest in May of1953.

One wonders how they did it really, with the primitive equipment that was then available to them. Although climbing the biggest mountains remains a worthy and dangerous challenge, thanks to the advancement in technology, conquering these giants has become a much more frequent occurrence.

A climber has to exercise a lot of faith in the climbing gear he or she uses and therefore it is important to be confident in the equipment of choice.

Let’s have a quick glance at some of the essentials in a climber’s arsenal

  • Helmet – As with most extreme sports a helmet can be a life saver. Any sort of debris falling from above is a real danger and the protective helmet is the first line of defence.
  • Climbing Shoes – A climber knows how important a good foothold is and properly fitting climbing shoes can make the difference between a good foothold and a bad one.
  • Harness – Once helmet and shoes are in place, the harness is what connects and holds the remainder of the equipment securely. Most modern harnesses are adjustable, enabling the climber comfort as well as security.
  • Rope – The climber may not be a climber for very long without a trusty rope and all the rope tools, such as clips, cams and wall nuts etc

If you are just beginning your climbing career or in the process of upgrading all your climbing gear, what are the best ways to get hold of new equipment. Well, there are lots of extreme sports and specialist climbing stores now on the internet, if you enter your search you are bound to discover what you need.

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