Packing List Rock Climbing

Packing List Rock Climbing

Sport climbing on the rock can be very similar to indoor climbing, but it is not. In addition, the climbing gardens also differ in part greatly from each other. Not only in terms of terrain (access, wall foot, climate, etc.) but also the degree of protection can vary greatly.

Therefore, this list serves only as a basis. Everyone should find out in detail about the climbing garden and its requirements before the excursion.


  • Climbing pants
  • Climbing shoes
  • T-shirt or tank top also for changing
  • Jacket or hoodie
  • Socks
  • Approach shoes or multifunctional shoes


  • Backpack 20-30l
  • Climbing harness (waist belt)
  • Chalk (if allowed and use sparingly)
  • Helmet
  • Belay device
  • Single rope (min. 70m)
  • Round sling
  • Tape
  • Some screwgate carabiners (never hurts)
  • 10-15 expresses (long and short)
  • Topo for the route
  • Safety goggles (who likes)

Depending on the climbing area and route and season

  • Band slings (better sewn, because knotted reduces the breaking load)
  • Mobile intermediate belays (wedges, wedge removers, friends), if allowed
  • Abseiling device (tube or figure of eight)
  • Insulation jacket (down or synthetic fiber)
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Clipstick

This should always be with you

  • First aid kit incl. emergency blanket and
  • Blister plaster
  • Personal medication (if necessary)
  • Cell phone
  • Headlamp
  • Drinking bottle, min. 1,5l per day
  • Pocket knife
  • Provisions
  • Container for the emergency toilet/ toilet paper

Climbing areas can vary greatly and therefore require different equipment. For example, in some areas or routes it makes sense to extend the existing belay with mobile intermediate belays. In such a case, sufficient clamping wedges, friends and webbing slings should be packed.

Now and then, depending on how the belay is attached, as well as to preserve the belay, it is advisable not to lower yourself out of a route, but to rappel down in order to preserve the rope.

Some climbing areas, such as the Elbsandsteingebirge, prohibit completely metallic intermediate belays and chalk. Here you should pack enough tape material.

Also crucial for the packing list is the location of the rock. If it has a long and rough approach or a rough wall base, sturdy approach shoes with a decent sole really make sense. If it’s a north-facing wall and the base of the wall is completely in the woods, keep in mind that it can get a bit nippy when belaying. Especially in the fall or spring. The same is true the other way around, of course. An exposed rock in summer then also requires sun protection.

Very important! Pack a garbage bag for your own trash. And while you’re at it: trash lying at the base of the wall can be packed along with it. Nothing is more stupid than a littered climbing wall or one that is completely closed.