Your favourite movies are Spiderman and Cliffhanger and your favourite Gladiators events were The Wall and Hang Tough. We've put together a climbing set-up to get you off that sofa and onto the rockface.
Petzl Altios climbing helmet, £50
Head protection is essential (ignoring the bloke pictured above), in case rocks or kit fall on your head. Petzl’s latest has a headlamp mount, and a mesh panel for ventilation.
Sportiva Solution climbing shoes, £100
The most technical shoes on the market manage to stay comfortable even with the super-tight fit needed to stand on pebbles sticking out of the rock. But as normal, you will need to buy a size smaller than your usual.
BD Camalots, £45-£80
Most climbers have a white-knuckle ‘saved by a cam’ story, and these little beauties are the ultimate in climbing protection. The Camalots are devices that open up into cracks in the rock to give you a stone-cold grip on any situation – and these ones are 30 per cent lighter than their predecessors.
DMM Shadow Quickdraws, £15 each
Unless you’re going ropeless, you’ll need something to connect yourself and your ropes or bolts to a climbing wall. These featherweight Shadow Quickdraws are top of their class for both strength and speed.
Momentum Package, £100
Black Diamond’s climbing start-up kit includes an all-season multitasking harness, belay device for helping your buddy up the wall and chalk bag for hanging onto smooth holds. That’s a few bases covered in one.
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