In this video we look at the gear it takes to climb big walls using aid climbing techniques.
Aid Climbing Harness - This is bigger, and has a thicker padded waist band and leg loops than a normal climbing harness for added comfort.
Double Gear Sling - This gear sling has two shoulder straps to evenly distribute the weight of the gear across both shoulders instead of just one. Some designs include a full strength buckle which allows the double gear sling to serve as a chest harness as well. This is recommended for aid climbing, as it can be rigged to help prevent accidental backwards somersault falls when that is a concern.
2 Jumars - Also called Ascenders or Jugs. These are used to help climbers climb fixed lines without sliding back down the rope.
2 Daisy Chains - Either pocketed or adjustable.
Fifi Hook OR Lanyard w/ one Locking and one Key Lock Carabiner - For clipping into your gear while leading.
Belay Device - Standard ATC Guide and a GriGri are recommended.
Pair of Gloves - Used for protecting your hands while aiding and cleaning.
Set of Aiders - Traditional ladder style or 5-step aiders.
Chalk Bag - For moments when you can free climb out of the aiders or use a hybrid of aid and free climbing (free climbing almost always goes faster!)
Footwear - Technical rock climbing shoes, if applicable. For more intense aid climbing you’ll want stiff, sticky rubber shoes to help climb moderate level grades. Approach shoes work great.
Helmet - Critical to protect your head from falling rocks or a potential upside-down
“whipper” (or fall).
We hope you found this video helpful. Feel free to comment below with questions or thoughts!
Please remember, climbing is inherently dangerous. Climb at your own risk.