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Topic - Building my first trad rack

StevenF - on 22 May 2013

I'm a new climber who has ventured outdoors and discovered I absolutely love it! It's 10x more satisfying than climbing indoors and there was even some sun today!

I have been searching online trying to price my first trad rack, but I'm not really in any position to say what's good and what's bad, so I thought I would ask you guys. I was thinking:

Black Diamond Stoppers: 4-13 65 or 1-13 85
5 x DMM Phantom quickdraws (using the carabiners to make trad quickdraws) 52
5 x DMM - 11mm x 60cm slings 20
+ a few larger slings and a couple of screw gates (have three atm)
+ a few lengths of chord

How does that look as an absolute basic trad rack? I will continue to top rope/second up the routes whilst practicing placing gear, until I become confident in my gear placements. I would also add a set of hexes in a month or so.

As for rope - I would ideally like a rope I could use inside and outdoors. The rope would be used for winter, so needs to be dry treated. A few options:

Mammut Galaxy 10 x 50M Superdry -

Edelrid Eagle 9.8mm PS DS TS -

Any help of advice is greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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