Tips On What To Wear While Rock Climbing

When you're preparing to go rock climbing for the first time — perhaps because you've booked an introductory lesson at a local climbing gym — one of the things that you need to think about is wearing the right attire. Rock climbing is an exciting and challenging activity that requires your full concentration, so you don't want to be distracted because you're thinking about your choice of clothing when you're on the wall. Here are some tips on what you should wear and not wear when you go rock climbing.

Athletic Clothing

You should plan to wear comfortable athletic attire when you go rock climbing for the first time. Lightweight, breathable fabrics will allow you to move with ease and keep your body at a comfortable temperature. When you're ascending the rock wall, you'll put your body into all sorts of unusual positions. For example, you might have your legs spread wide or one foot high while the other is low. Athletic attire typically offers a high degree of stretch, which will allow you to move your body in the necessary way without restrictions.

Climbing Shoes

It's always a better idea to rent a pair of rock climbing shoes at the climbing gym than to plan to wear your own running shoes. Many running shoes are bulky, which can make climbing a challenge. Conversely, climbing shoes are known for their thin design. The thinness not only allows you to bend your feet with ease as you make your way up the wall, but you'll also be able to better feel the footholds under your feet. If you've bought an introductory rock climbing package, it may include the rental of climbing shoes. Otherwise, you can rent a pair for a nominal fee.

No Loose Jewelry

In addition to thinking about what you'll wear while rock climbing, you should also consider what you shouldn't wear. In general, you'll want to remove any loose jewelry or other accessories before you go climbing. As you climb, there will be ropes close to your body. You don't want one of these ropes to catch on any jewelry that you're wearing — which is something that could occur if you were to wear large earrings, a necklace, or bracelets. Additionally, if you have long hair, it's best to tie it up. A topknot style, for example, can be a good way to keep your hair out of the way.