9. Racking Part 2 of 2

Now we are just about ready to launch onto our climb for the day. Here are a few more thoughts:

1. Bring comfortable shoes for long day on the rock. A good pair of high-performance, comfortable shoes are worth the investment!

2. Below are a few racking considerations for racking climbing gear:

If using a gear sling:

– Clip quickdraws and/or alpine draws onto front gear loops of harness
– Clip cams onto the gear sling, organized small to large

If using gear loops on harness, here are some ideas:

– Clip an even amount of cams onto both front gear loops of harness, organized small to large, nuts and large cams can go on back gear loops
– Clip quickdraws and/or alpine draws onto the back gear loops
– Organize gear by priority (i.e. the piece you’ll need at the crux) or initial pieces needed

Alternatively, some climbers like to carry alpine draws extended and slung over their shoulder, with cams and stoppers on their harness. The only problem with this method is that your alpine quickdraws are already extended, so if you don’t want to extend your cam or stopper quite that far (imagine you’re protecting a potential fall onto a ledge), you’ll have to rethread the carabiners and assemble the shortened quickdraw while climbing. We think it is much easier to extend the alpine quickdraw out from the shortened version, not vice versa.

3. Clip cordelettes onto the harnesses of both the lead climber and belayer if swinging leads.

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


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