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Aug 31, 2016
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the responses and offers, I think we are all set for now with some good gear at great prices!

My finace and I wtb gear to take advantage of the climbing wall at our gym and eventually be able to go sport climbing.

Our specs:

Male: 6'0", 170lb, street shoe 11 men's, waist 33", head 22" (56cm). Glove: Medium. I tend to be right on the cusp of most men's Medium and Large in clothing and can usually fit into either. (I prefer more snug so usually go w/ Medium.)

Female: 5'3", 125lb, street shoe 7 women's, waist 29", head 22" (56cm). Glove: Small. She tends to wear women's Small or around a 6 (+/- two sizes).

Gear we are looking for (in order of priority):

-Women's harness
-Women's shoes
-Helmets for both
-chalk bags for both

That pretty much sets us up for the gym, then we are gonna try to get together the kit for sport climbing. I don't know what I will need exactly so just researching and piecing together as we go. My current shopping list is:

-rope (not sure how much or diameter, etc), rope bag
-quickdraws (idk, thinking a dozen should be good for a pitch?)
-cams (so expensive, I'm thinking maybe I can get by w/ just 2-3 in a versatile size(s)?)
- rappelling gloves (X2)
-considering a grigri but still on the fence. (Price is a factor)
Behr Palomo
From Santa Barbara, CA
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PMd ZFish
Joined Oct 6, 2015
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Aug 31, 2016
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So I'm just going to throw this out there. Start sport climbing in the gym first. Ideally make friends with someone there that does it. Most people are pretty willing to teach. That might even get you climbing outside without investing in gear. Although it's always nice to have something to bring to the party so to say.

After you get proficient in the gym THEN consider getting gear and going outside. Climbing outdoors is a completely different ball game than gym climbing. It's more fun but also more dangerous. Learn how to belay on a standard tube style belay device. Master toperope and lead belaying then get a grigri. I've seen a striking number of people who get a grigri off the bat and drop their climbers because they make the mistake of trusting the autolock function.

Also ditch the cams. You should never need them on most sport routes. For the amount of money you'll spend on 2 or 3 cams you can get a dozen quickdraws.

Not trying to be a jerk. I've just seen a lot of unsafe stuff in climbing gyms and outdoors the last year.
From Mundelein, IL
Joined May 23, 2011
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Aug 31, 2016
Totally appreciate any and all input, so don't worry about being a jerk. I haven't much experience w/ gear as I have only really done bouldering and free soloing outside up til now, all w/o gear.

Also appreciate anything that saves me $, like not buying gear I don't need like the cams :D
Behr Palomo
From Santa Barbara, CA
Joined Aug 31, 2016
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Aug 31, 2016
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Pm'ed about a rope Barrett Pauer
From Brevard, NC
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Sep 1, 2016
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I have a brand new, still in the box, petzl meteor size one in raspberry color if you're in the market for a helmet Justin Barrett
From Russellville, AR
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