For Those About to Rock


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A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path

Just starting out rock climbing at the gym or the crag? Scoop up this beginner-friendly gear and you’ll be ready to train all your focus on your next move.

1. STATIC Traveler Chalk Bag

Static Traveler Chalk Bag

Improve your grip and fight off sweaty palms with Metolius Super chalk and the stylish blanket-weave Traveler bag, which comes in a variety of colors. It’s handmade in San Diego, California, and—get this—infused with local, USDA organic lavender to keep it fresh. (Bag: $25; 4.5 oz. chalk: $4.95)

Another chalk bag we love: Metolius Chalk Bag

2. Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Graphic T-Shirt (women’s and men’s)

Patagonia Capilene Cool Daily Graphic T-Shirt

This quick-drying tee feels soft like your favorite shirt, plus it boasts anti-stink fabric that will wick your sweat away. It is made with recycled polyester and comes in several colors and graphics. ($45)

3. Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet

Petzl Boreo Climbing Helmet

Petzl designed this helmet to offer protection on the top, sides and back of your head. The low-profile lid is great for all types of climbing and comes in several colors. ($69.95)

4. Black Diamond Big Air Pilot Belay Device Package

Black Diamond Big Air Pilot Belay Device Package

Lightweight and ergonomic, the ATC Pilot assisted-braking belay device pays out rope smoothly and offers additional security when catching a fall. Plus, this package deal hooks you up with a durable GridLock carabiner. ($64.95)

Another belay device and carabiner we love: Petzl GRIGRI Belay Device, Petzl Sm’D Screw-Lock Carabiner

5. Petzl Corax Harness

Petzl Corax Harness

This harness is sturdy, comfortable and straightforward to adjust for the proper fit. It also comes as a kit, which includes a carabiner, belay device, chalk bag and chalk—a steal of a package that makes a great gift for a beginner climber. (Harness: $59.95; kit: $99.95)

Other harnesses we love: Edelrid Jayne III (women’s) and Jay III (men’s), Petzl Luna (women’s) and Adjama (men’s)

6. La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoes

La Sportiva Tarantulace Climbing Shoes

These shoes marry comfort and performance and are ideal for anything from an afternoon spent bouldering to a daylong multipitch climb. You can use them for all-day wear right out of the box. The laces provide a precise fit, and the 5mm-thick FriXion RS rubber offers long-lasting stickiness. ($80)

Other shoes we love: Scarpa Helix (women’s) and (men’s)

7. Black Diamond Notion Pants (Women’s)

Black Diamond Notion Pants (Women’s

Made of 98 percent organically grown cotton with a hint of stretch, these pants are tough but comfy. Elastic around the ankles keeps the pant legs out of your way during delicate moves, and a drawstring waist fits smoothly under a harness. Several pockets keep your keys, phone and other items handy. ($79)

Other pants we love: The North Face North Dome Pants (Men’s)

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