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Climbing Essentials – Gear to Improve your Outdoor Climbing Trips

Onwards and upwards is the unwritten idea of climbing.  There is always another move, another peak, and another adventure just beyond where you are at currently.  The desire to reach these new heights and levels is what drives climbers, and their gear should reflect that.  In the quest for upward motion, climbers can benefit from equipment that helps them train, climb, fuel, and recover.  If you are pushing onwards and upwards, here is the gear to improve your outdoor climbing trips.  

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Boulder Denim

Made from organic cotton, these climbing specific pants are soft, flexible, and tough.  Stitching details like a gusseted crotch allow for movement, while cordura is woven into the fabric to make them tougher than the average pair of jeans.  A hidden zipper pocket holds your phone so you can nab a victory selfie at the top, and they will look great when you roll back into town.  Boulder Denim lets you dress a little bolder and go farther, which makes them one of the best outdoor apparel brands of 2020.

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Nakee Butter

Picture this, you are up high on the belay ledge, halfway through your multipitch adventure, and it is time to refuel before your push to the summit.  Ditch the utensils and the weighty bars with Nakee Butter, a unique nutrition solution.  Chock full of protein and energy, these squeeze packs are a sweet combination of peanuts, mct oil, pea protein, cacao, and agave nectar.  Reward yourself post climb with Nakee Butter on top of a favorite snack, and see why this makes the list of gear to improve your outdoor climbing trips.  

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Huppy Bar

Fuel up on your adventure with Huppy Bars.  Created in Arizona, where year round climbing abounds, these natural snacks live on the corner of healthy, great tasting, and nutritious.  A wide selection of flavors are available from chocolate to fruit forward options, although our favorite is the Wild Mesquite.  These bars will improve your outdoor climbing trips; keeping you topped up with energy, and satisfied by intense flavors. 

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Rhino Skin Solutions

Scaling granite walls or battling sandstone boulders takes a toll on your hands, namely the skin.  Once that dermal layer is damaged or worn off, it makes gripping painful or even impossible.  Fortunately, Rhino Skin Solutions has a myriad of products designed to protect, heal, and revitalize your skin.  From post climb skin care salves, to moisture controlling sprays to help during a climb, Rhino Skin Solutions will improve your climbing trip by helping you get up your project and be ready to tackle the next one tomorrow.   

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Butora Climbing Shoes

When all that is holding you to the wall is a barely visible footchip, you rely on your footwork and your footwear to keep you upright and moving upwards.  Slip on, strap on, or lace up a pair of Butoras to help you get the job done, and do it with style too.  A selection of styles from flat to aggressive all come armed with sticky proprietary Neo rubber that smears, edges, and performs on all rock types. The last feature that clinches a spot on the list of gear to improve your outdoor climbing trips, is the option for wide or narrow width shoes.  

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So Ill

What started as climbing enthusiasts building makeshift walls in basements, has evolved into a renowned brand in the sport.  They design and produce almost everything for your climbing needs, from shoes, unique climbing holds, and apparel.  Their climbing shoes, which started as a humble kickstarter project, are now seen at every gym and crag, and with good reason!  They bear their trademark style, and are armed with their proprietary Dark Matter rubber, which is suitable for indoor training and improving your outdoor climbing trip.  

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DMM Classic Rope Bag 32L

A crucial element of climbing is rope management; keeping strands coiled and tangle-free makes climbing safe and hassle free.  When it is time to head home for the day, rope management means portaging up to 80m of your lifeline back across rugged terrain.  In steps the DMM classic rope bag to save the day.  Modular straps allow the bag to be work as a backpack or courier style, while zippered pockets keep your personal items secure.  Inside the bag is a deployable tarp that keeps your rope free from dirt and other harmful items.  

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Petzl GRIGRI+

This classic belay device has made waves in the climbing community ever since its inception, and is arguably one of the most important pieces of gear to improve your climbing trips. The GRIGRI is an assisted belay device, which means that it operates like a normal belay device, but adds an additional element of safety and control when holding, catching, or lowering a climber.  Feeding rope and taking up slack are done with the same movements used on a traditional belay device, but when a climber falls or is hanging, the device cams (pinches the rope) and keeps the rope from moving.  Lowering a climber from the top is done through a lever that allows for precise and smooth lowering. A safer and smoother climbing day is definitely an improved outdoor climbing trip. 

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Trango Rock Prodigy Training Center

Most climbers know that the training put in during the off season pays off in dividends when the outdoor season rolls around.  Set yourself up for success with the Rock Prodigy Training Center, and see the results the next time you hit the crag.  Every possible combination of finger and hand grips are found on this extensive training board, which allows for a wide range of exercises and routines.  What sets this training tool apart from others is that it is two symmetrical pieces instead of just one full piece.  Adjust the width of the two pieces to match your shoulder width size, or stagger the pieces and isolate muscles on one arm, simulating the motion of climbing “upwards”.  Install the Trango Rock Prodigy Training Center and you will see why it is an essential piece of gear to improve your climbing trips.  

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