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Jul 16, 2012
Hey All!

I'm trying to price out a beginner climbing package. I use to go with a friend who had all the equipment but moved.

Can you guys recommend a basic kit or list of equipment of what I would need to climb with a partner without having to borrow anything excluding shoes and harness?

Also I'm just out of school and trying to keep it as cheap as possible.

thanks
Rifts1103
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Jul 16, 2012
Rifts1103 wrote:
I'm just out of school and trying to keep it as cheap as possible.


keep in mind that you are buying life-saving equipment, not really the place to save

also, i would sugest calling your old buddy, catch up a bit, and ask him what to buy

or take a suggestion from a random stranger, and buy some chalk, a rope, 15 quickdraws, 3 lockers, 2 double length slings and a belay device
S Denny
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Jul 16, 2012
All I meant by cheap was I'm not some millionaire kid so I'm not looking for professional grade stuff. :-) Rifts1103
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If you haven't climbed enough to know what you need, then you should climb some more with experienced people. That simple. FrankPS
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Joined Nov 19, 2009
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Jul 17, 2012
FrankPS wrote:
If you haven't climbed enough to know what you need, then you should climb some more with experienced people. That simple.


Wow Frank, you took the air right out of this thread. That's usually my job.

Spot on advice. Couldn't have said it better myself.
Leeroy
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Jul 17, 2012
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FrankPS wrote:
If you haven't climbed enough to know what you need, then you should climb some more with experienced people. That simple.


+2
Ryan Nevius
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Jul 17, 2012
fair enough Rifts1103
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Learn your gear first. There is no 'kit' to start with. 'Professional grade' stuff is also a meaningless term here. ALL the gear better be of top quality if your life depends on it. Suggest finding out alot more about the gear itself and what your goals are. (sport, trad, bouldering, etc.). Then you can shop wisely online to save some bucks. For example, there are excellent carabiners out there for around 5 bucks, instead of 9 or 10 apiece for fancy ones. Research the gear before you just by based on price. Woodchuck ATC
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Jul 17, 2012
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Rifts1103 wrote:
without having to borrow anything excluding shoes and harness?


These are the two things I wouldn't want to borrow, but that's just me. Since your post is fairly vague, and you don't know what you need to get, I'll assume that you're just climbing in a gym. For that, you need a harness, shoes, chalk bag, chalk, a belay device, and a large locking carabiner.

If you're top-roping outside, and I'll echo the sentiments above that you sound like you need to partner with someone that has some experience, you'll need a minimum of a dynamic rope, two slings, and four locking biners.

You should clarify what exactly you're trying to do. Gym climbing? Outdoor top-roping? Outdoor leading bolted routes?
Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
Joined Jul 30, 2011
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Jul 17, 2012
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Check out places like REI. They typically have a great "starter" package, meaning harness, belay device, shoes and chalk. The basics you need to hit up the gyms, and to get a ride from a friend in the field. Learn more about the sport before you venture out and buy a rope and gear.
My two cents :-)
Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
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Jul 17, 2012
Bocan
Yeah everyone is pretty right. Go to the gym, hang out with other climbers and do some research. When I started building my equipment you didn't really see questions like "what rack should I buy". I spent alot of time looking stuff up, comparing and talking to other people. Not that you're wrong for asking, but the point is valid to hang with some people that can direct you correctly and in person.

Oh and be careful of REI. Alot of my experience with their climbing department has shown me most of their employees have zero idea what they are talking about. If you want better advice go to a specific climbing store, not one where someone is covering from the camping department. (No offense to the climbers that actually do work there).
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
942 points
Jul 17, 2012
rei/mec is just fine as long as you know what you need ... and you should before buying

the advantage is that if gear doesnt work out as you expect, or if theres an issue, you can return it
bearbreeder
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Dec 31, 2012
As a fellow new climber, I would suggest that you do go climb with experienced people first.

It isnt your lack of ability to climb, but more of the knowledge base. Things like building an anchor for top roping. Having that experienced friend show you how, or checking how you built yours. The little tricks that mentors pass on is important, and can be very important to your safety.

Good luck in getting started, it is a addiction!
Scott Hendrick
From Fort Collins, CO
Joined Dec 31, 2012
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Dec 31, 2012
also new to using forums ^ S Denny
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