Rock climbing wear might not seem like a very important part of the Joshua Tree experience. After all, you see lots of climbers wearing minimal clothing. Many of them are very attractive and fit individuals, but they don’t look like they spent a lot of time choosing clothes. They look like they wore the first thing that feels comfortable.
However, you will be surprised to know that rock climbing wear is very important. You might not care what you look like on the outdoors, but you should still pay attention to your clothes because they also serve as protection. Wearing the wrong thing on the JTree could be uncomfortable, and in some cases may even lead to accidents.
Choosing Your Rock Climbing Wear
- Take the Weather and Climate into Account – clothes originally became a necessity in order to protect humans from harsh weather conditions. It is the same thing when it comes to rock climbing wear. Make sure you check the weather before heading out. Figure out how hot it’s going to be or how cloudy, and pick clothes accordingly. Fortunately, the weather in Joshua Tree is a lot easier to anticipate compared to other parts of the country.
- Consider the Rock Climbing Wear’s Materials – whatever you wear while rock climbing will take a hell of a lot of beating. So don’t wear anything flimsy. Pick clothing that can stand up to the rigors of rock climbing. These include joints bending deeply, fabric getting stressed from within, and being scraped against rough surfaces repeatedly. Cotton is particularly good in this regard, but also keep in mind that it may get hot and sweaty. So find a healthy balance.
- Pants or Shorts? – different climbers will have different preferences when it comes to what to wear on the bottom part of the body. Either one is viable. They just have specific pros and cons, and it is up to you to decide which one you really want – shorts are more comfortable and easier to move in, but they expose your knees to rough surfaces. Pants, on the other hand, protect your knees from scrapes but they will limit your movement a little bit.
Ready With Your Rock Climbing Wear? Invite Us to Your Climb
When you finally have your rock climbing wear sorted out, it’s time to brave the Jtree. However, it would be very lonely going on your own, no matter how good your clothing is. So contact Uprising Adventure Guides and we’ll be sure to pair you up with one of our veteran climbing guides!