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Topic - Heading outdoors. What do I need to start sports climbing?

Pete Fish - on 29 Oct 2012
We are finally going to take the plunge and head to some real rock (albeit sports climbing). There are three of us that climb together and the plan is to go to Horseshoe Quarry in November and try some of the easier routes.

Just wanted to check I had a good idea of what sort of kit we would need to buy.

We already have boots, chalk and harnesses each and a rope between us.

My shopping list so far is: 3 helmets, quickdraws and a few mailons as bail ‘biners.

Any thing else we will need (excluding general outdoors gear)?

How many quick draws will we need between the three of us?

Which are better, quickdraws where the gates point the same way or opposite? Does it depend on the route? Would it be worth getting a pack of each?

Do we need a bouldering mat for starting off? Is that overkill?

What else should I be aware of?

The end goal is to work up to trad climbing over the next year.


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