If you have been building and practising your climbing skills in the rock climbing gym for enough time to know that you need to take them to the next and the final level by climbing on an actual rock, then you are at the right place. Rock climbing is one of the best outdoor adventure activities that offer you the adrenaline rush like no other. The combination of right skills, which of course you have acquired due to all the training you've taken, and apt preparation leads to a trip that you will remember for times to come. Preparation is not as herculean task as people believe it to be but only when you know what to take and what to leave behind. That comes with experience. For all the first timers, here are some special packing tips for a thrilling rock climbing trip.
- Clothing: Adventure sports from their very name imply physical movement. So you have to wear something that doesn't just suit your taste but is also comfortable and does not restrict your movement. The former is not even a requirement because for trips such as these, comfort always comes before looks. If you are planning an overnight stay or if your trip is supposed to last for longer than a day you need to pack clothes for the night when the temperatures usually drop. An extra set of everything including socks and shoes won't do any harm. While choosing any item of clothing for your rock climbing trip make sure you choose something that you won't mind getting dirty or even torn, because that happens.
- Equipment: Here are some items that you must have for rock climbing.
- Shoes: Grab some camp shoes or hiking shoes that are aggressively strong and flexible. Depending on the terrain of the place you're headed to, you might have to look for some extra tough shoes that offer high performance.
- Crash pads: You will thank yourself for having these, especially when you are bouldering.
- Chalk powder: You will need this because as you climb your hands may get wet due to the sweat and since you need to maintain your grip the hands need to be dry. The powder will help keep your hands dry when needed. You also need a chalk bag to keep the powder.
- Sleeping bag: For overnight stay instead of getting a tent and setting up camp, get a sleeping bag. At night just unroll it and slide in.
- First aid kit: Rock climbers are prone to injuries, bruises, scratches and cuts. And with every injury, it is not possible to go to a paramedic instantly no matter how grave it is. So keep a first aid kit handy. Apart from the basic bandages, gauzes, antiseptic creams, update it with your prescription drugs, baby wipes (for cleaning the feet after a climb as you cannot possibly shower at the camp), sunscreen lotion and antibiotics.
- The remaining equipment includes rope, harness, helmet, biners, athletic tape, rope bag, tool carrier, webbing, tools and sewn slings.
- Food and water supplies: At times collecting the rest of the gear people tend to ignore the importance of having a little extra food and water supplies for a trip such as this. Carry at least 5 litres water per day per person. For food carry quick and easy meals also known as camping or backpacking meals. They offer homemade outdoor meals with sufficient calorie supply in each pack. These quick and easy meals come in a lot of variety including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. They also offer snacks. The advantage of preferring this camping food over the conventional packaged food is that these quick and easy meals are ready to consume right out of the packet, they are high in nutritional content and light in weight. Their nutritional value doesn't degrade as is the case with other canned and packaged food products.
- Other miscellaneous items: These items include
- A Flashlight for when it gets dark. A glow stick that remains lit for over 12 to 14 hours is also an amazing option because you don't need any batteries for that, and it gives a lot of light. You could, of course, take more than one.
- Extra set of fresh batteries if and when the old ones from your flashlight die out.
- Camera to capture some great memories.
- Matches or lighter to light a campfire if needed.
- Maps and compass or GPS to find your way.
- A waterproof bag to keep your valuables in it for when it rains.
Rock climbing requires a lot of physical strength and stamina. If you have been training then, your body is ready for the exhaustion but if not then you need to start exercising to get in shape and build your stamina or else rock climbing is an impossible feat. With the right skills, preparation and attitude there is nothing that a person cannot do.