Climbing Gear to help you to tackle both molehill and mountain
The world has its ups and downs, not just philosophically, but actually. Hills, mountains, large boulders, downed trees and other uneven terrain can make travel by foot extremely difficult. Sometimes, the fastest route—or, at times, the only route—is to go up and over such obstacles.
When the decision is reached to go up, it’s best to have some help. This not only saves you energy physically, it also reduces stress mentally, because you have peace of mind that a slipup might not mean certain death or, at the very least, a hampering injury.
Help can come in various forms, including proper climbing ropes (yes, not all rope is best for climbing), a harness that fits well and holds tight, and accessories such as chalk, carabiners and proper clothing.
On a smaller scale, digging deep and trekking up a steep hill also has its challenges. Using a walking stick or climbing poles to provide stability and traction can make the climb easier and safer.
No matter your challenge, there’s plenty of gear to assist during your journey. American Outdoor Guide can get you started with some incredibly useful climbing gear selections.
Trekking up and over a steep, grassy hill can prove challenging for some. Remedy this by carrying a durable, almost indestructible, natural walking stick by Brazos. This handmade stick is created from solid hickory and features both strength and an artistic design—worthy of challenging Mother Nature in her own backyard. Four lengths are available, as are custom laser engraving and optional accessories such as a thermometer, Texas state seal or a strap to keep the stick secured around your wrist.
Constructed of a single piece of hickory
Solid wood; no unstable moving parts
Artistically created twisted design
Handmade by local craftsmen
Optional engraving and added accessories available
Ice isn’t forgiving. One mistake could produce devastating results. Fight nature’s ice mountains with Black Diamond’s ultimate Viper Ice Tool. This essential ice-climbing accessory bites deeply into ice and keeps you secure until your next move.
The Viper’s hydroformed shaft was designed to extend through the grip for maximum rigidity, while its adjustable Flicklock pommel acts as a secondary grip position when tackling low-angle slopes. Easily change out picks and swap between hammer and adze with ease. When going winter climbing, don’t forget these lifesaving essentials.
Created from lightweight, hydroformed aluminum
Offers a responsive feel and optimal rigidity
Modular head is compatible with all current Black Diamond picks
This rope sits at the “sweet spot” between performance and needed reliability. Its dry-treated core and sheath repel moisture from within, while its 2×2 sheath holds up to everyday abuse on the mountain, rock face or ice wall.
The handling knot easily feeds through most belaying devices smoothly and problem-free, which makes it ideal for hard, redpoint burns or projecting sessions. The rope is available in four lengths and in a variety of colors, including red, green and yellow.
Core and sheath are dry-treated against weather from the inside out
2×2 woven sheath construction
Balanced for both high durability and great handling
When weight matters during your ascent, turn to Camalot Ultralights. These climbing necessities offer a decrease of up to 25 percent in weight over traditional Camalots with its sculpted lobes. The unit features a Dyneema cord that takes the place of cable yet maintains its strength and reliability.
A double-axle design produces the widest range possible for each cam for expert placement. Distinct colors allow for easy recognition of sizes when quickness is required.
Double-axle design offers widest range of each cam unit
You can’t wear just any shoes when climbing a mountain or traversing a boulder. You need shoes designed for such tasks. The Zone shoes combine breathability, comfort, high performance and the utmost gripping power in one exceptional shoe. Its Fuze rubber is molded, not cut from one piece of material, which allows the perfect fit, as well as the best gripping ability when needed. It also sports printed rubber for toe-hooking and a medium-flex midsole that combines sensitivity with overall power. This climbing gear is available in multiple sizes and colors.
Engineered knit technology provides breathability and comfort
Fuse rubber is printed and molded for superior gripping ability
Adjusts with two hook-and-loop straps for ideal fit
Minimalist midsole for extra sensitivity on steep terrain
The Solution Harness allows you to enjoy all-day adventures with the utmost comfort and always-needed, top-of-the-line reliability. This climbing accessory features three strands of low-profile webbing in its fixed leg loops, as well as around the waist, for ideal load distribution and reduced pinching around sensitive parts of the body. It’s contoured to fit most body shapes, and it’s easy to forget that you have it on due to its overall ease of fit. The harness is available in five sizes and numerous color options.
Lightweight waistbelt for ultimate comfort
Allows full range of motion with contoured fit
Adjustable and releasable elastic risers
Offers superior load distribution while reducing pressure points
Intended for newbies to tree climbing, this kit is an all-in-one assembly of tree-reliable and affordable climbing gear. From its Buckingham wide-back saddle to the Arbor-Plex climb line, pulley systems and a vast number of essential climbing gear, you’ll be high in Mother Nature’s canopy, trimming or removing branches with ease. This all-encompassing kit features a durable carry bag and a valuable tree climber’s guide for instant help and information about your hobby or full-time occupation.
Complete, affordable kit for tree-climbing beginners
When it’s time to hike, bike and hike some more, few trekking poles can stand up to the rigors of elevated, uneven terrain than TrekMaster poles.
These lightweight, aluminum poles offer all-day comfort while providing reliable performance throughout your journey. These climbing gear can reduce impact to ankles by as much as 30 percent and reduce overall fatigue for longer travel between rests. Their trifold design and included carry bag allow for great portability when not in use.
Shafts are created from aircraft-grade 7075 aluminum alloy
Climbing can take its toll on hands and fingers. Luckily, there’s Ridiculous Paste. This paste is 100-percent formulated with real, plant-based ingredients. Just take a small amount and rub onto the affected skin. Within seconds, the paste melts into your skin, producing instant relief and a comforting, warming sensation. All-natural ingredients include shea butter, illipe butter, coconut oil, coffee and green tea, among many other found-in-nature additions. This paste is deal for climbers or anyone wanting to improve dry or overworked skin.
Contains only real, food-grade ingredients
Cloves, turmeric and pepper warm the paste
Thick paste melts on contact; spreads easily
Delivers soothing relief from tension and discomfort
This amazing lotion accomplishes two amazing tasks: First, it quickly treats dry and cracked skin. Second, it does it with an all-natural ingredient list. Starting with a beeswax base, the formula also uses apricot oil, grapeseed oil, wheat germ oil, green tea, lime oil and more. There are no fillers, GMOs or synthetic material. The lotion is long-lasting and is never tested on animals. It’s ideal for athletes, climbers or rugged, outdoor-centric people for fingers, hands, feet, face or any other sensitive areas.
After a tough climb, it’s time to clean up, and this soap is ready to wash and moisturize your rock-punished skin. Formulated with only food-grade, totally plant-based ingredients, you’ll experience purity, safety and reliability without harmful synthetics or environment-harming aftereffects. Its natural, peppermint-and-grapefruit scent invigorates as it cleans and is gentle enough for rigorous, everyday use.
This set contains eight variable-sized pitons to meet your needs as you scale the rocky surfaces you desire. Created from hot-forged steel, these pitons won’t let you down when you’re at the most questionable points of the climb. All eight are easily identifiable and allow quick selection when you don’t have precious time to waste. Best of all, these pitons offer incredible strength while remaining relatively lightweight, so you won’t feel bogged down on your ascent.
This suspension system features one of the strongest and most reliable rest spots for climbers on the market today. Constructed of machined, anodized aluminum, this structure won’t let you down (literally) due to its strength, durability and ease of setup—all the while providing a secure place to take a rest break. Multiple stow pockets allow you to safely and securely store headlamps and other small personal essentials.
You can’t go wrong with this incredible, all-around climbing rope. For use in a variety of climbing styles and conditions, the Velocity rope excels with high performance and a near-perfect balance of essential climbing rope characteristics. It’s known to be the rope-of-choice for world-renowned climbers, so you’ll be in good company as you ascend or descend with the utmost safety and reliability. This rope is available in a variety of lengths and colors.
Keeping both safety and reliability in mind, the Via Ferrata Vertigo Climbing Kit has everything you need to hook up and start traversing the path. Enjoy the fully adaptable Corax harness for security, a Boreo helmet for protection from falls and falling debris, and a Scorpio Vertigo lanyard that won’t let you down during your long trek. Don’t get frustrated trying to collect all these necessities separately, because they’re available in this deluxe, fully adjustable kit.
Comfort and versatility comprise the name of the game with the Sentinel. This harness features a breathable back, elastic waistband and adjustable leg loops, but it also keeps the unit strong without excess bulk. Climber options, such as rope bridge length and placement of a chainsaw lanyard, are featured, while adjustable, easy-to-use buckles are provided throughout this incredible saddle.
Thumb-release, friction-style buckles
Four dedicated accessory carabiner loops and eight accessory loops
Sometimes, the little things matter; and when it comes to climbing, a carabiner literally and figuratively holds a lot of weight. This trusty accessory features a triple-action, auto-locking design that will hold up to rigorous outdoor use. Its reliability and strength are credited to its all-aluminum composition and superb, high-performance track record. This carabiner is available in a green-black color combination and meets ANSI Z133 and CE EN362:2004/B standards.
Designed by inventor Kevin Bingham, this unit is quite simply the ultimate SRS mechanical device. Because it’s constructed of hot-forged aluminum and durable stainless steel, you’ll have a hard time finding a smoother and more efficient unit anywhere.
With effortless operation, an ingenious design to keep all parts together when opened and an internal spring that says, “Stay out!” to dirt and debris, the Notch Rope Runner Pro will allow you to enjoy year after year of reliable performance. It’s available in ultra-cool, gunmetal gray color.
Unparalleled, smooth, one-hand descent
Multiple friction settings
Integrated central tending for chest harness attachment