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scradje


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Hi i am an intermediate climber with experience outdoors, i have done toproping for a while, but am taking lead course soon. would like help on wot sort of gear to buy, for both lead and top.
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I can suggest you read through the forums we have on trad and sport climbing. I'm sure contained in there will be good information on gear.



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Have you spoken to the instructor who you're taking this lead class with? I would believe they would have some really good information for you, as well as actual items you could try out.

Either way, I will assume you have a rope. For sport, all you need are some draws. There are many types available, and you will want to play with them to find which ones work best for you.

For trad, well, there are TONS of things you could get. Hexes, cams, nuts, friends, etc. Do you know someone who has a trad rack? If so, I would go with them climbing, and get some first hand experience, and then buy stuff. It can get quite expensive.


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thanx, im not really sure on the diff between trad n sport. does it stand for traditional?


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Ehrmh, people have very different views of intermediate.....

As on other forum postings Sport means clipping bolts, no natural pro placements.

Trad means traditional, placing nuts, hexes, cams sometimes even pitons, depending on the route.

You should take whatever lead course you are going to take, the instructor should have all the gear needed, and then ask them what is a good starting rack. This will vary by area.

Please check out some of the older forum posts before shouting out, many things have already been answered for other people and it helps to stop people getting upset about being asked the same 4 questions over and over.

Paul


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10-12 quickdraws and 3 locking carabiners. Rope 60 meter 10-11 millimeter.

Optional - Helmet


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Helmet optional??? Hey Ray, I didn't realize that you were on here as well as CC.

I would think that unless you are only climbing really easy (for you) sport routes or TRing that a helmet is not optional. Even if the rock is solid, you can still fall, pendulum or have some dumbass drop crap on you. For the 50-60 bucks or whatever it will cost you it is a really good investment.

I will not say that I always wear a helmet, but if I am climbing trad I do, or a hard sport lead or if there are people above me, usually even at solid single pitch crags.

Hey Ray don't wear a helmet climbing in WA??? Just curious.

Paul


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PaulC

Each situation - crag dictates. Situations of others dropping rocks and gear is what I have been in danger of mostly. Not from my own partners. I think everyone can make up their own mind.


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