Climbing – What to Bring

Clothing that’s both functional and flexible is your key to a comfortable climbing day. Adjust your choices according to season. In cooler weather exercise-type tights, loose-fitting pants, or sweats work well. (Don’t wear tight jeans!) For the upper body a few light layers, along with a wind-breaker and water resistant shell. Summer days can turn surprisingly cold with clouds moving in and winds picking up. If it’s cool enough, a ski-type hat and gloves are a good idea, along with a down jacket that can pack small. In hot summer weather, bicycle-type or walking shorts are appropriate.  A T-shirt or tank-top is recommended, sunglasses, and a brimmed hat or cap to keep the sun off your head.

Bring socks to wear in the climbing shoes. Wear sneakers or trail shoes for walking around. Leave your flip flops and high heals at home.

Bring a light lunch and lots of water, at least 2 liters per person in hot weather. Insect repellent and sun screen are useful when conditions indicate (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Put everything in a day pack or knapsack. You won’t actually climb with the pack on your back, it’s just the most convenient way to carry your things from place to place.

If you are climbing multi-pitch, it is recommended that you have food, water, and snacks with you, and food and water in the car for your return.

*If you feel your guide has done an exceptional job, please don’t hesitate to tip them. If you are doing a Rock and Raft, please note that the Climbing Guides are a separate entity than the Rafting Guides