1. Gear Considerations

In this video we cover the gear considerations for indoor top rope rock climbing. The gear covered in this video should be considered whether top rope climbing or lead climbing.

1. Harness – An ideal climbing harness is lightweight, yet contains enough padding to be comfortable. Harness safety buckles can either be auto double backed, or manually double backed.

2. Belay Device – Climbers can choose to use either a passive belay device (such as an ATC) that requires the belayer to manually arrest the climbers fall, or a more mechanical “auto-block” belay device (such as a GriGri) that assists in braking.

3. Locking Carabiner – Climbers can choose to use either an auto locking carabiner with a spring to help keep it shut, or a manual locking carabiner which includes a screw gate to keep it shut.

4. Chalk Bag – The chalk bag either connects at the back of the harness with a carabiner, or around the waist with a waist belt.

5. Climbing Shoes – Beginners might prefer a more flat, yet still snug, style of climbing shoe. Advanced climbers often prefer a style of shoe with a more pronounced downturn for more precise footwork, such as edging.

We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with any questions or thoughts!


Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.