How To Dress For A Successful Day Of Rock Climbing Outdoors

#1 Clothes That Keep You Cool

The first thing you should do is pick out some clothes that keep you cool. Take a tank top or t-shirt with you that wicks moisture away from your body. A good material for this would be polyester, nylon, lycra or wool. If it’s really sunny outside, you might consider wearing a long sleeve shirt to protect your arms from the sun. Avoid cotton because it retains moisture and will get heavy when wet.

#2 Clothing That Moves With You

When wearing loose clothing, make sure it isn’t too loose. You don’t want it flapping around or getting caught in your harnesses, but if it is too tight, it will restrict your movement. Avoid restricting clothing like leggings, skinny jeans, and tops with sleeves that end at the wrist. These can hinder your arm mobility and you might find yourself struggling up a wall because of them.

When choosing materials for your clothes, opt for stretchy fabrics as these are very beneficial in rock climbing. You should feel comfortable and able to move freely when you are climbing outdoors; therefore, buying synthetic or natural fabrics with elasticity is a smart choice. Look specifically for Spandex-blend fabrics that can stretch without becoming damaged, such as Lycra blends.”

#3 Footwear That Protects Your Feet

Once you’ve outfitted your feet with socks, it’s time to choose your climbing-specific footwear. There are hundreds of options here. The most common shoes for outdoor rock climbing are called “rock climbing shoes,” but you may also hear them called approach shoes or simply “climbing shoes.” Some climbers even prefer a flat-soled shoe like Vibram FiveFingers. All have their pros and cons. You’ll need to do some research and find out what will be best for you, depending on how you climb best, the type of rock you’ll be on and the length of your trip. If you’re going with a guide service, talk to them about what they recommend before investing a lot of money in gear that won’t work well with the local conditions.

Regardless of which kind of footwear you choose, comfort is key here—not just when it comes to feeling good while hiking and belaying your friends, but also when it comes to preventing blisters that could otherwise keep you off the wall until they heal up! Your feet will be doing a lot more work than usual if this is only your second day rock climbing outdoors (or at all), so don’t skimp here.

To make sure that no matter which way my feet dangle while I’m trying to push myself higher on a difficult route—or while I’m hanging from one arm because gravity has temporarily won over my ability to gain height—I want shoes that will grip onto surfaces better than any other part of my body can do naturally. That’s where sticky rubber soles come into play; these combine gripping power with flexibility so that every part of your foot is able to feel whatever surface it touches next in order to anticipate moves ahead even better than before!

#4 Headwear To Keep Hair Out Of Your Face

What are you going to do with your hair? A headband, hair tie or ponytail will keep it out of your eyes and face. If you have long hair, a bun is a great idea because if it falls out of the headband or tie, it won’t be in your way.

As an aside, a hat can be helpful to keep sun off your face. If you’re going to be climbing in bright sunshine all day and don’t want to get a sunburn on the back of your neck, consider taking one along.

#5 Gloves And Socks For Hand And Foot Protection

Should you use gloves in your rock climbing venture? Yes, and it’s not just because they are cool like a super hero or help you stick to the rocks. Gloves protect your hands from blisters, cuts, scrapes and other injuries. What about socks? Well, the reason for socks is similar to gloves – protection. They help to protect your feet from the harsh rubbing of shoes and rocks. Also, socks provide for better footwork on some climbs and work great as a sweat absorbing sock when it’s hot outside.

#6 Sunglasses To Shield Your Eyes

When you’re rock climbing, you want to make sure that your vision is always as clear as possible. It’s all about being able to see the next handhold and foot placement, as well as being able to pay attention to everything else around you at the same time.

If you’re feeling adventurous and brave, then feel free to wear contact lenses when you go rock climbing outdoors. This is especially true if you need glasses or have a prescription for contacts. The reason why this can be beneficial is because it will give your eyes a wider field of vision than what glasses could provide.

However, there are several reasons why it’s not wise or safe to wear contacts when rock climbing outdoors:

  • As a general rule of thumb, it’s best not to wear contact lenses in any type of environment where there may be dirt or dust particles in the air (i.e., outdoors). Not only do they get in your eyes but also they can cause irritation from constant blinking which could potentially lead an infection if left untreated over time;
  • In addition if there were ever an emergency situation where someone needed medical assistance for their eye injury; wearing contacts would further complicate matters due to increased risk factor involved with removing them properly without harming yourself more than necessary (i.e., scratching).

It’s important that anyone who wears glasses knows what their options are before going out on adventures like these!

#7 Hat To Shade Your Face And Neck

A hat should be worn to keep the sun off your face and neck. You have sunscreen on your face and neck (you did read question number one right?) but you also need a hat or visor to protect them from the sun. Wear a hat with a brim all the way around, not just in the front, so that you’ll be covered no matter which direction the sun is coming from. Keeping your face and neck protected from the sun will help prevent skin irritation and cancer.

#8 Change Of Clothes For Post-Climb Comforts

You should always change clothes after you are done climbing. This will help you get into a fresh set of clothes that have not been exposed to the sweat and grime of climbing. You can use a towel to dry off and then change into something clean.

If there is a chance that you will be out in public after your climb, bring some type of clothing for it. If you are going out for dinner or drinks, bring some clean clothing to wear. For example, if you show up in your sweaty rock climbing gear everyone might get the impression that you just got done rolling around on the ground and trying to touch your toes! Your sweaty gear may also smell really bad so everyone else around you may not want to go out with someone who smells like foot odor all evening long!

It is definitely worth it to invest in some type of comfortable clothing for post-climb comforts.

#9 Climbing Shoes For A Barefoot Holds Experience

  • Climbing Shoes For A Barefoot Experience: The most common climbing shoes worn by any climbers are the Atoms. They’re comfortable, they’re easy to use and they help you get a good feel for the rock while climbing. These shoes fit very nicely in your hand, which is great because it helps you grip on to things like cracks and edges better. This way, you won’t lose your balance when trying to scale the walls.

You can also rent these shoes, along with a harness and chalk bag, from any of the stores that sell them. You’ll need all of these items if you intend to go climbing outdoors in cold weather or when it’s raining outside.

#10 No Very Loose Tops


A baggy shirt can get in your way, especially if the fabric snags on equipment or you fall. It’s also more difficult to move your arms freely when wearing a loose top, which can make it harder for you to focus on controlling how you climb. If you want extra freedom of movement, try wearing a fitted tank-top under a loose shirt. This gives you the coverage of a looser top without having to worry about it getting in your way!

What to wear rock climbing indoors

You’re going to be moving around and sweating, so you should wear comfortable clothes that will keep you feeling fresh the whole time. It’s usually best to wear lightweight, sweat-wicking clothes (like polyester or nylon) because they absorb moisture and don’t feel damp or heavy on your skin. Cotton is OK if you aren’t likely to sweat much, but cotton can stay damp and feel heavy against your skin.

Also, avoid wearing shoes like jeans, socks (unless you’re climbing in a gym that requires them), or flip flops—these just don’t provide enough support for your ankles when you’re descending from a climb. What should you wear instead? A t-shirt and shorts are pretty standard for rock climbers. You’ll also want to invest in a supportive pair of athletic shoes with good traction that fit snugly around your foot and ankle—you’ll need all the help you can get when reaching for those tiny footholds on the rock face! Lastly, leave anything sharp or pointy at home: jewelry, belts with metal buckles, denim clothing with rivets… basically anything that could rip your climbing harness or hurt another climber should be avoided.

What to wear rock climbing date

With that said, I want to talk about what to wear for your outdoor rock climbing adventure. We all want to look cute, but we don’t want our clothing getting in the way of us having a good time. The first thing you need is a pair of comfortable athletic shoes that are easy to get on and off. You will likely be taking them off before you climb, so it’s important they go on comfortably. Don’t wear socks that are too thick or too thin. If they are too thick, it will be hard for your foot to fit comfortably into your shoe and if they are too thin, you may get blisters from the friction between your foot and shoe. It’s also a good idea to wear cotton socks (or wool) instead of nylon ones because cotton is more absorbent and nylon is not as good at wicking away sweat from your feet (and trust me when I tell you that when you rock climb outdoors, even in the coldest weather, you can work up a sweat!).

After taking care of your feet, things get easier with clothing choice! Rock climbing clothes really depend on the weather where you live. I would recommend wearing comfortable clothing that is fitted enough to allow full range of motion without being too baggy or extra loose-fitting (it might get caught on something). Also make sure whatever you wear allows enough room underneath so there isn’t any chafing or rubbing against rocks while moving around freely!

If it gets hot outside while outside enjoying nature together rock climbing all day long – take some layers off since now many people have their own personal cooling systems built into their favorite apparel brand’s items like Under Armour Heat Gear!

What to wear rock climbing outside

You will be moving around, touching rocks and being physically active. Wear something that won’t catch on the rock or snag. Wearing a tank top is probably not your best bet because if you slip, it can get caught. I recommend wearing cotton tees with sleeves or a quick dry shirt like Patagonia Capilene, REI Sahara or Columbia’s Omni-Freeze Zero long sleeve shirts. These shirts are made of synthetic materials that are lightweight and dry quickly so you don’t get chills from being wet after sweating. Avoid nylon because it stays damp longer than other synthetics which can make you feel colder. Also, wear pants that aren’t too baggy but have room to move comfortably in them. None of us want to get caught in our pants while climbing! Wear lightweight synthetic pants such as the Patagonia M10 pant or prAna Stretch Zion pant (which I wear almost all the time). They’re stretchy enough for freedom of movement but tight enough to not snag on rocks and thick enough to protect your legs when falling. Again, avoid jeans because they’ll soak up sweat and moisture which means they’ll be heavy and cold afterwards in addition to making you feel very uncomfortable when trying to climb!

Finally, outdoor climbing exposes you to the sun for prolonged periods of time so you’ll want clothing items that protect your skin from sunburns such as hats and long sleeve shirts/pants since sunscreen only lasts about a couple hours before needing another application due to sweat and water exposure from climbing out at the crag all day long. Plus, some brands make clothes with SPF built into them so don’t forget those!

Also consider if there are bugs where you plan on rock climbing outdoors at–some places have lots of mosquitoes like Yosemite National Park during certain times of year where I recommend wearing bug spray with DEET as well as taking along a bug head net hat just in case it gets bad while out on route

What to wear at rock climbing gym

  • You can wear anything that’s comfortable.

You should choose clothes you can move in and layer up if it’s cold outside or down if it’s hot. Do not wear a shirt that covers your butt, this is key to preventing the dreaded butt crack. A lot of people wear tank tops at indoor climbing gyms because they are cool and comfortable. I recommend wearing a sports bra under your tank top so you don’t accidentally flash anyone when reaching for a hold high on the wall or climbing upside down! If your arms get tired, you can switch to wearing a t-shirt instead, as long as it doesn’t cover your butt.

  • Wear shorts or pants that are easy to move around in.

Comfort is most important here, but I would also steer clear of loose pants that might catch on holds or sliders (those things with rock climbing walls!) Those things hurt when they bite into your skin! Pants that have been sewn together at the knee often work well for this purpose so long as there isn’t too much extra room above the knee. You may also find tight yoga pants/leggings work well since they’re not bulky like jeans would be while still being just as durable!

  • Make sure your shoes fit properly and offer good support for all-day comfort while staying cool on hot summer days by going sockless with lightweight canvas sneakers like Converse Chuck Taylors or Vans Authentics (also known as “Chucks” or “Vans”).

Do you need special shoes for rock climbing

If you’re just getting into climbing, you may be wondering if you need special shoes for rock climbing.

The answer is yes—you do need special shoes for rock climbing. This is because they are specifically designed to give you optimal grip and performance. (This differs from regular athletic sneakers, which are designed to support your feet while walking or running on even ground.)

Rock climbing shoes have a sticky rubber sole, a narrow fit and an asymmetrical shape that help protect your feet from injury during your climb. You can also get specialized shoes for sport climbing or bouldering. They are lower profile and have more padding inside them than traditional rock climbing shoes, which allows them to easily fit inside the tight spaces of indoor gyms.

What you wear when rock climbing can protect you from injury, help you climb better, and give you a more enjoyable experience.

So, what exactly should you wear?

Wear breathable, moisture-wicking layers. Wearing cotton is something you definitely don’t want to do while climbing. When your body sweats, and it will sweat a lot while climbing, the moisture gets trapped in cotton and doesn’t get released. Over time, this can cause chafing and skin irritation. Wearing natural fabrics like wool can be effective as well since they keep you warm when wet–just make sure that it’s not an itchy type of wool that can irritate your skin.

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