/ enough equipment?
First of all I'd like to introduce myself to the forums. My name is Ryan Castle, I'm from Gibraltar and I'm 16, I'm a student at the moment studying Sociology & Home Economics. I've always had an interest into climbing since a very early age ie: 10. I've done a few courses such as: Lead climbing, setting up a top-rope and an introduction to via ferratas. Although these are the only ''qualifications'' I attain at the moment, I have learnt more from other climbers locally and from Spain.
I've had my basic equipment for sport climbing but this year for Christmas I've asked for more equipment to extend my limitations further in sport climbing/abseiling and some trad climbing. I have listed the equipment I will be recieving and I could always change stuff, I just need advice before it's too late, ( too much of a certain piece of equipment, general advice etc).
x1 Simond rope/equipment bag
x1 Petzl Corax harness
x2 Simond Goliath HMS screwgate carabiners
x2 Simond ordenary carabiners
x1 Simond Toucan belay device
x1 Simond figure of 8 belay device
x6 Simond Rocky quickdraws
x2 snap gate carabiners
size 6 Kong chock
x1 Petzl pulley
x2 Beal 16mm x 120cm slings
x1 Chalk bag
x1 Simond 10.2mm x 70m rope
x1 Beal 9.5mm x 20m rope (my old one i used for sport climbing )
x1 Simond climbing shoes
Anything I should add to my cart before then, or change? once again, I'll be doing a few sport climbs however mainly, abseiling as I enjoy it the most.
replies appriciated, Ryan
To you already have the pulley? what do you use it for?
I have 2 and never use them so I wouldn't go out and buy one unless you have a very specific use in mind.
Agree on the fig 8 by the way - just use your belay device (I assume it'll handle double ropes?)
You don't say which bits you have and which you're looking to add so it's rather hard to suggest what to change.
In general terms for sport between you and your partner you need as a practical minimum:
*60m of <10.5mm rope (70m better)
*10 quickdraws (15 better)
*Belay plate and locking krab
*A locking krab
Nice to have:
*60cm cow's tail sling and locking krab
*Helmet and chalk
If your main passion is abseiling add:
*15m of 10-11mm static rigging rope
*A couple of locking krabs
*A 120cm sling
*A rope protector, some carpet scraps and string
*1.5m of 5mm cord for a Prusic loop
If Gibraltar really is amazing place for abseiling and you're not soon bored of it then a dedicated abseil device like a Rack from Petzl (put it on a burly maillon to be safe) makes the whole process much less unpleasant.
If you enjoy abseiling then get a helmet , It's a no brainer!
You're lacking on stuff for trad. To buy a sport rack that then you can add protection and runners to, make sure that the quick draws are wiregates.
Lose the fig8.
Save on ropes for now, as you'd want halves for trad.
And get thinner slings, you'll thank yourself later.
Ryan, I'll split what you need into three groups for the sort of stuff you're planning on doing. Basic stuff, sport climbing stuff and Trad stuff.
1. Basic kit.
2. Sport Climbing Kit.
12 Quickdraws (sufficient for the crags we have near us).
Gri gri (not essential but I prefer using it for sport)
Mallion (again not essential but useful.
3. Trad Stuff.
Build this up slowly.
Start with a set of nuts.
Slowly save and buy cams.
Lots of slings in different sizes.
For Trad in Gib half ropes are essential.
Then you can start buying all those little bits of kit that you don't really need but want anyway (i.e. pulley).
Brilliant advice. You'll save a lot of money this way.
Hi Chris ! thanks for the replies, Just came back from decathelon in Mijas and changed a few things.
p.s Thanks to all for the extremely quick replies!
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