Welcome to the page all about GEAR! Gear is what keeps us safe on the rocks. You will learn to use it, love it and trust it, quite literally, with your life.
What is Gear?
Gear is pretty much any equipment you use when you go climbing, it includes your harness, shoes and chalk, as well as all the various bits of metalwork we use to protect climbs.
Gear varies depending on climbing style, which could be split into 3 categories:
The club has a decent collection of gear which we use whenever we go on trips. There are racks, ropes and harnesses for use outside, as well as a couple of bouldering mats. There are also harnesses and a lead rope for use at the wall.
- USMC Lead Rack 1
- USMC Lead Rack 2
- USMC Lead Rack 3
- USMC Lead Rack 4
- USMC Sport Rack
- Club Ropes
- Bouldering Mats
"What is a rack?" I hear you ask. A rack is a big collection of climbing gear for use when leading, either Sport or Trad. It consists of tens of different pieces of gear, usually all neatly attached to a short piece of rope (tat).
The contents of a rack varies, depending on personal preference, funds, and how difficult you are likely to be climbing with it. Regardless of this, the basic building blocks are the same:
The screw-gate is a climbing mainstay, it is versatile, strong, and secure. A screw-gate is like a normal #Snap-Gate_Carabiner except is usually a little bigger and has a screw on the gate (...it's in the name). The screw, when done up, ensures that the carabiner cannot accidentally open, letting go of whatever it was attached to. For this reason, screw-gates are used wherever you need to connect two other bits of gear together without the risk of it possibly coming undone. For instance, when belaying, a screw-gate is used to hold your Belay Device to your harness. Whenever you use a screw-gate, ALWAYS make sure the screw is done up, and preferably not rubbing on anything which might make it work its way open.
IMAGE The snap-gate is your bog-standard carabiner. It has a spring loaded gate which will snap shut when you let go. Snap-gates are used whenever the added security of a screw-gate is not required. For instance as part of Quick-Draws. Other uses include holding gear to your harness (Racking-Up), attaching your shoes to your bag, key-rings...
IMAGE Quick-Draws are essentially two Snap-Gates with a short bit of sling connecting them together.