Climb in Comfort and Style:

At Alta, we believe that the right gear can make all the difference in your climbing experience. Whether you’re scaling indoor walls or conquering outdoor crags, choosing the appropriate clothing and equipment is essential for safety, comfort, and performance. For beginners and seasoned climbers alike, here’s a guide to what to wear for rock climbing to ensure you’re geared up and ready to tackle any route.

1. Climbing Shoes:

Climbing shoes are your most important piece of gear. They provide the grip and precision needed to navigate holds and edges. When selecting climbing shoes, look for a snug fit without being painfully tight. There are various styles, from flat shoes ideal for beginners to aggressive shoes designed for advanced climbers tackling steep routes. Remember, the right shoe can enhance your climbing technique and confidence. Check out our article on climbing shoes here. 

2. Comfortable Clothing:

Comfort and flexibility are key when choosing climbing clothing. Opt for moisture-wicking, breathable fabrics that allow full range of motion. Here are some recommendations:

  • Tops: Wear a lightweight, fitted t-shirt or tank top. Avoid baggy shirts that can get caught on holds or gear. In cooler weather, a long-sleeve moisture-wicking top or a thin fleece is ideal.
  • Bottoms: Choose stretchy, durable pants or shorts. Yoga pants, leggings, or specialized climbing pants are excellent options. Ensure they don’t restrict movement, particularly in the knees and hips.

3. Harness:

A climbing harness is essential for both indoor and outdoor climbing. Ensure it fits snugly around your waist and thighs without being too tight. Look for harnesses with adjustable leg loops for added comfort and versatility. The harness should be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods and equipped with gear loops for attaching carabiners and other climbing essentials.

4. Chalk and Chalk Bag:

Chalk helps keep your hands dry and improves your grip on holds. Use a chalk bag that can be easily accessed while climbing. Attach it to your waist or harness with a waistbelt or carabiner, and use a chalk ball or loose chalk based on your preference.

5. Helmet (for outdoor climbing):

Safety first! When climbing outdoors, always wear a helmet to protect against falling rocks or accidental bumps. Choose a lightweight, comfortable helmet that fits securely. While helmets are typically not needed for indoor climbing, they are crucial for outdoor crag climbing.

6. Layers for Changing Conditions:

If you’re climbing outdoors, weather conditions can change rapidly. Bring layers to stay comfortable:

  • Lightweight Jacket: A windbreaker or a lightweight, packable jacket is great for cool or windy conditions.
  • Warm Hat and Gloves: For chilly days, pack a warm hat and gloves that you can easily store in your backpack when not needed.

7. Backpack and Essentials:

Carry a small backpack to store essentials like water, snacks, first aid kit, and extra layers. Hydration is crucial, so pack a water bottle or hydration system when climbing outdoors.


Wearing the right gear can significantly improve your rock climbing experience, making it safer, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. At Alta, we’re here to help you every step of the way, from selecting the perfect climbing shoes to gearing up with the latest accessories. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned climber, having the proper attire and equipment ensures you’re ready to face any climbing challenge with confidence and style. So, suit up, gear up, and let’s reach new heights together!