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What To Take On A Multipitch Climb

Looking to get high this climbing season? The Team at Pinnacle have compiled a handy list of what you’ll need to get up (and down) your first Sport Multi-Pitch.

 

Pinnacle's Tips

  1. ALWAYS tie a knot in the end of your rope whilst abseiling.
  2. Know the length of your rope, most ropes are middle-marked, if this changes consider using a specific climbing rope marker to re-do the line.
  3. Check the weather: Knowing if an afternoon storm is due or rain is expected may make you alter your plans/timing.
  4. Communication. Discuss your calls with each other before you start climbing. ‘Take’ and ‘Safe’ sound very similar when you can’t hear your partner very well so consider using other terminology.
  5. Rope management: Stacking and coiling the rope neatly will make belay changeovers much more time efficient and avoid unwanted tangles and knots in the rope.
  6. Climbing above the belay: Clip your first draw into the anchor (a ‘Jesus Draw’). This will mean once you start climbing there is gear between you and your belayer. Avoid those nasty factor 2 falls!
  7. Know your descent options: This may mean finding the walking track or where the rap stations are or how to get back down the route if you need to retreat.
  8. Allow extra time: Rushing causes accidents, allow extra time and enjoy your adventure!
  9. Because it's worth saying a second time, ALWAYS tie a knot in the end of your rope whilst abseiling.

Staying Safe

The best (perhaps only) way to stay safe whilst adventuring in remote areas is to know how to rescue yourself and your partner. These skills are encompassed under the banner of 'vertical rescue'. Pinnacle Sports provides courses, instructed by PACI certified professionals, for both vertical rescue and self rescue.

 

Essentials

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Climbing Rope (or two if needed for longer abseils). Consider 9.2mm - 9.5mm diameter for a lighter rope. Pinnacle Pick: Mammut Crag dry 9.5 70m

2

Climbing Shoes. A comfier fit will make your day more enjoyable. Pinnacle Pick: Scarpa Maestro

3

Approach Shoes. They will help with scrambly, more technical approaches. Pinnacle Pick: Scarpa Kalipe

4

Harness. Good padding is a lifesaver on hanging belays and a 5th gear loop can help with organizing gear Pinnacle Pick: Petzl Adjama/Luna

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Chalk Bag. Keeps your hands dry!

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Climbing Helmet. Lighter constructions can be more comfortable for all day wear Pinnacle Pick: Mammut Wall Rider

7

10 to 14 Quickdraws. Some extendable draws will be useful for reducing rope drag. Pinnacle Pick: Mammut Workhorse Quickdraws

8

Belay Device. Choose one with guide mode. Pinnacle Pick: Wild Country Pro Guide Lite

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Slings. At least 2 longer ones for setting up belays. 240cm is good. Pinnacle Pick: Edelrid 16mm 240cm sling

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Personal safety. You’ll need this for each belay station. Pinnacle Pick: Metolius Pas 22

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Locking carabiners. 4-6 each should suffice. Pinnacle Pick: Mammut Sender Screwgate

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Prussik cord. For a third hand whilst abseiling (essential!!). Pinnacle Pick: Tendon 6mm cord 1.2m

13

Windbreaker/Light jacket. Conditions can always change and a warm extra layer can make long windy belays much more enjoyable.

14

Topo of the route. Even if it's just a photo of the route description, make sure you have something to guide you if the line gets confusing up there.

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Headlamp. Multi pitching always tend to take longer than you expect - don’t get benighted! Pinnacle Pick: Petzl Aktik Core

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Basic first aid kit. Better to have and not need it than the other way around

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Edelrid Tillit. A unique piece of equipment. If you plan to lead in blocks of pitches rather than changing the leader after each pitch, this will make rope management at the belays a tangle free breeze. Buy the Tillit here.

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Sunscreen.

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Climbing Pack. Big enough to carry everything you need, but not too big. One pack between two works well so the leader can climb unencumbered. Something that sits above your harness but not so tall that it restricts head from moving freely Pinnacle Pick: Osprey Mutant 22L