DANCE COMPETITION ESSENTIALS! WHAT TO PACK!
All the kit you need to compete at the next Olympics
Anxious people teetering on high walls might not sound like the most ideal combination, but hear us out. According to the University of Arizona, eight weeks of the sport tips people's depression symptoms from moderate to mild, or lower. The mindfulness aspect of the sport - not thinking about anything other than the next handhold - is cited as the reason why the sport is so successful at dealing with mental illness.
Fancy a go>Whether you’re new to the wall or looking to get high outside, here’s your beginner’s guide to kitting up for climbing – without looking like you’re doing your D of E Award.
Even when you’re starting at the bottom, your shoes will need to be fit for purpose. Rubberised edges give you the friction you need to stay in a foothold and these are designed to be comfortable, so you don’t feel like an upside-down ballet dancer.
Scarpa Thunder £63, urbanrock.com
A helmet for life. For less than it costs to go twice round the London Eye, you get a lid fit for indoor, rock, ice and alpine clambering. And it beats borrowing a sweat-soaked communal lid at the local wall – it’s hard to hold your nose at 80ft.
Grivel Salamander £55 grivelgb.co.uk
Roll with it
These turn a normal pull-up bar into a climbing-specific grip trainer for stronger hands and forearms. Attach the balls to the wall and hang on as you fight to stabilise yourself mid-air. The six-pack is just a bonus.
Lapis Rollyball £45 rockrun.com
On the subject of sweat, the last thing you want when you’re starting out is slippy fingers. This bag is big enough for a handy ball of chalk and will stop that gym bag you just bought looking like a prop from Scarface.
Metolius Chalk, £3.50 gooutdoors.co.uk
Back it up
You’re going to need somewhere to store all your new climbing kit. This duffel-rucksack hybrid is big enough to handle the lot and completely unzips so you can easily dig out your camera when you reach the peak of your first momentous ascent. Send us a picture, won’t you?
Black Diamond Demon Duffle £58.50 urbanrock.com
Seats are available
A sit harness connects you to your rope, so this is not something to scrimp on just because you’re new. This one has four loops for carabiners, nut tools and that essential Thermos of coffee.
DMM Renegade 2013 £59 urbanrock.com
This is the only jacket you need for most UK climbing. It’s designed to keep out every British element while letting your body breathe on the way up. The hood also has plenty of room for a helmet underneath, which your running jacket will not.
Men’s Terrex Advanced Jacket £450 adidas.co.uk
This should be your first bit of real hardware when you’re rocking out(doors). It’s a feather-light crowbar to crank out any rope loops a lead climber has stuck into the earth. The built-in carabiner fixes it to your harness. Dropping it would be bad.
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