What should I bring to the crag?

I get asked this question a lot. I’ve decided to compile a bit of a list to help you next time you go to the crag. Some items can be used to check off more than 1 item. This list is also minimums and only for a single day of climbing. If you’re looking at multi-day stuff, we’re gonna have to talk about camping gear as well.

A typical climbers pack

A typical climbers pack


  • Harness, climbing shoes, helmet, personal anchor/leash, 4 locking carabiners, rappelling device, prusik cord (per person)
  • Climbing rope, a belay device (per pair)
  • Protection for the type of climbing you’re doing (trad rack/extendable draws vs. quickdraws vs. anchor building material)
  • First aid kit (and someone who knows how to use it)
  • Water (minimum 2L for a full day at the crag), food and snacks
  • Hiking shoes/trail shoes/approach shoes
  • Cell phone or another device to contact EMS
  • 40-50L backpack with good waist support


  • Extra double shoulder-length slings, single shoulder-length slings, and locking carabiners
  • Chalk bag
  • Headlamp (the number of times I’ve accidentally walked out of the crag in the dark…..)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm sweater/belay jacket
  • Garbage bag (feel free to make the crag cleaner than when you arrived)
  • Toilet paper, lighter, mini shovel for you to do your business discretely


  • Backpack rain cover
  • Camera
  • Hammock with whatever you need to set it up
  • Drone
  • Hand warmers for shoulder season climbing
  • Comfy crag shoes
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • Rope tarp

Awesome! Enjoy your day climbing!