Shane Lowney loves to get out of the city every once in a while to rock climb wherever he can find suitable walls and rocks throughout Florida. He has been to the Everglades to climb there and has traveled throughout the United States to find the country’s best rock climbing destinations. Lowney is a mechanical engineer based in Tampa, Florida and works for a factory that needs its heavy machinery to work properly at all times to make money. His services are highly valued in making sure that the machinery works well and is safe for all workers in the factory.
Shane Lowney travels to all corners of the world at times to find the best rock climbing challenges. He and his wife Christine are constantly looking for their next adventure. In order to face the many challenges of rock climbing in all of the places you can find it, you need the best gear you can find. Often times, your life and health hangs in the balance and is dependent on your gear. Here are the essential items for all rock climbing gear kits for climbers of all abilities and experience levels:
Clothing. Your rock climbing clothing should wick away sweat and be breathable enough to keep you from overheating on rock faces, which can warm up quickly in the sun depending on where you’re climbing. You’ll also want to stay warm and possibly invest in clothing made from synthetic materials that won’t stay wet if you’re caught in weather.
Shoes. Rock climbing shoes should perform two essential actions when you’re climbing: protect your feet and allow you to generate the friction needed to gain footholds. They should fit snugly but not be uncomfortably tight. When you acquire a pair that works for you, never wear them on the hike from the car to the bottom of your rock wall. This could ruin them for when you need them.
Helmet. I don’t care how far off the ground you climb; you should always bring a helmet. They can protect you from serious injuries from falls, of course, but they also protect you from slamming your head against wall when you swing and try for that next hand hold.
Harness. A good climbing harness, as Shane Lowney knows, consists of two basic parts, the waist belt, which should fit snugly over the hips, and leg loops around each leg. Climbing harnesses allow you to tie into your rope safely and securely to avoid slipping and injuring yourself.
Chalk. Climbers take plenty of chalk to improve their grip.
Carabiners. You can never have too many to secure ropes and other equipment.
Belay device. This allows you to repel back down safely and easily.
Ropes. Obviously, you should have sturdy and long enough ropes to climb.
Crash pads. Nobody likes falling onto hard ground or rocky surfaces while climbing.