Climbing accessories are just that; they’re accessories. Rock climbing requires a lot of gear- there’s no way around it. What’s great, though, is that you’re set for a while once you have the gear. The only thing you need to replace routinely are your shoes, but that depends on how often you climb.

If you take care of your gear and regularly inspect it, you can use it for years. But what else can you grab to make your climbing experience more comfortable or even safer? Here is a list of climbing accessories that not only enhance your experience but also make you feel prepared and confident on your climbing journey.

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1. Belay Glasses

If you spend hours in the gym belaying, you’ve likely experienced some discomfort in your neck. Staring straight up at the walls takes a toll on your upper body and can even cause muscle soreness.

You know how goofy they look if you’ve seen them around. But what a game-changer they are! Belay glasses allow you to look forward while still being able to watch your climber as they ascend. The mirrored prisms in the glasses work to let your neck rest but keep you attentive.

2. Belay Gloves

Have you ever lowered your climber and experienced a slight rope burn? Or have you ever used somebody else’s rope only to be left with a dirty hand? Getting that grime off is challenging, compromising your grip for when it’s your turn to climb next.

Belay gloves are a great addition to any climbing bag because they keep your hands clean and safe when belaying. They come in full-finger and fingerless options, so check out which style might be best for you. With these gloves, you can feel secure and protected, knowing that your grip won’t be compromised by dirt or rope burn.

3. Gym/Crag Shoes

No, not the pair of sneakers you walked in the door with or the hiking shoes you wore on the trail. You have your walking and climbing shoes, and then you should have your lounging shoes. Add an extra pair of slim/lightweight shoes to your climbing bag.

Many climbers like to wear Crocs, flip-flops, or shoes that are easy to slip into. Slip your feet into something easy instead of walking barefoot, in your climbing shoes, or lacing your sneakers back up. They’re great for hanging around between climbs while keeping your feet free from climbing gym germs or sharp rocks.

4. Rope Tarp

That should be on your list if your rope didn’t come with a tarp. A rope tarp is an excellent tool to keep your rope clean when at the crag. Plus, it’s a great way to keep it tucked away and safe when you’re not climbing.

5. Nail Clippers

If you’ve been climbing for a while, you’ve probably run into this: You get to the gym only to realize you forgot your nail clippers. You may not want to use the community pair at the gym, and that’s completely understandable.

Keep a small pair of nail clippers stowed away in your climbing bag. You’ll never have nails too long or need to borrow gym clippers again.

6. Climbing Tape

Climbing tape has various applications that can be useful when you’re in a pinch or just when you split your skin open. There are many brands out there, and if you just want some to use when you need it, you can’t go wrong with your choice.

Climbing tape can cover splits, tears, and flappers, help support finger injuries, and even make crack gloves! Plus, it works great if you ever get in a hairy situation and need something to help hold a wound closed.

7. Climbing Brush

If you spend time climbing outside, you should pick up a brush. When you have a project and want more confidence, brush the holds clean to maximize your grip. Plus, if you find or make any tick marks, brush them before you leave and keep climbing adventurous for the next party.

When choosing a brush, the most popular ones for climbing have soft bristles to minimize their damage to rocks. Yes, brushing can damage rocks. Never use a wire-bristled brush!

8. Extra Carabiners 

Having extra carabiners is only essential if you climb outside. Don’t worry about picking any of these up if you solely climb in the gym.

Dropping a carabiner when planning to rappel can put you in a tricky situation. Knowing what to do in this situation is equally important, but having an extra or two with you never hurts.