As prime bouldering season creeps closer, climbers everywhere are venturing outdoors
more and more. The early morning temps are getting colder, and it’s got us all excited.
Triple Crown is coming up soon and Float the Boat is just around the corner. So, with
that said, are you ready? How can we get ready?
I’d say there are a few obvious items one should always have going out bouldering:
• Crash pad
• Chalk/chalk brush
• Water bottle
Extra stuff that is useful:
• Nail clippers
• Giddy, Boulder Balm, etc.
• Bug spray/Sunscreen
• Crag dog or cat
• Hand/foot warmers
Unless you are a free soloing barefoot climber with Spiderman hands and no need for
sustenance, you’ll need the above items to not only have a good time, but to survive. The
second list of items are things I’ve found myself needing and later adding to my climbing
pack. If you are a new climber, don’t stress about having to buy all these at once. More
than likely, there will be other climbers you go out with that have crash pads, tape, nail
clippers, and such. The biggest thing, in the beginning, is to own shoes and chalk!
You’ll find all types of people and their ways of dealing with the weather. Everyone has
their own favorite go-to outer wear for the cold temps. They either layer like they’re a
part of a circus act or they are fortunate enough to have a thin weight coat/hat that
keeps in all the heat. Personally, I am a proud member of the traveling boulder circus,
because I’m the type of individual that makes anything and everything, including
clothes. I listed above, hand and foot warmers. If you don’t use them already, you are
missing out on a good way to slow the process of losing your sanity to the cold. I, for
one, am not a big fan of the cold. It makes myself, and I know many others, very grumpy
and therefore not in the right state of mind to send a project. So, please, bulk up on the
warmers, beanies, jackets, and scarves and we will get each-other through this season!
We can’t wait to get out in the elements with all of you this season. You might even get
featured in a future blog post! * gasp * ;)
Escalade Rock Climbing Gym - Kennesaw