Borrow gear from the club and get advice about buying and care
One of the perks of being a member of MUMC is the access to all our gear. This ranges from the basic climbing shoes, to the not so basics such as ice axes. This does not just cover use while on our club trips, but for when you want to take advantage of rare sunny days and head outdoors.
We can provide you with the gear needed for a day of sport climbing, with harnesses, half and single ropes and quickdraws. Or if you’re feeling adventurous and are an early riser, we can ensure you are accompanied by a fully equipped rack, a helmet, a selection of guide books and some really good advice on where to go for some great trad climbing. If you’re more keen on staying lower to the ground, you can borrow our bouldering mats and head out to take on some tricky bouldering problems, or just chill and enjoy being outdoors while still gaining the street cred of being a climber.
For those of you who are more daring, we can also kit you up to with some winter gear, if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t mind braving the cold. This includes ice axes and ice screws to keep you safe on your adventures. For our winter skills trip to Scotland we can also loan you some great B2 boots so you’re ready for the snowy conditions.
For a lot of you who are just starting out, and who are increasingly becoming more and more interested in climbing, you will start wanting to buy your own gear. As exciting it is to be let loose in an outdoors shop and to go wild, it is important to be patient and research what you actually need. You don’t want to be that person who has all the gear but no idea!
Work out what type of climbing you are into and will be doing most, and go from there. It can be overwhelming with all the different makes and types, so feel free to come and pick the brains of our gear secretary, Reuben, for any gear advice or recommendations.
You can take advantage of the discounts we get as a club, and we can point you in the direction of what you need. Most purchases are done online these days but it is important, especially with climbing shoes, to try them on first. You don’t want to be stuck with a pair that don’t fit as it can make your climbing experience very unpleasant!
Kit we have available to use:
- Climbing shoes
- Single and half ropes
- Abseil ropes
- Locking carabiners
- Belay plates
- Trad climbing gear and protection
- Sport and alpine quickdrawers
- Nut keys
- Prussik cord
- C1 and C2 crampons
- Ice axes
- Bouldering pads
Gear prices can range from affordable to very expensive, which might entice you to buy second hand gear. If you are going to do this it is incredibly important to make sure you know where the gear has come from, how old it is, how much use it has had and roughly how many falls it has taken. A great place to look is the ‘Outdoor Gear Exchange UK’ Facebook page. Lots of people swap and sell gear, and you can get your hands on some bargains, especially if you don’t want to fork out a lot to begin with.
We wouldn’t recommend buying anything second hand that is fibrous e.g. ropes or harnesses, even if it relatively new. You can never be certain what they could have come into contact with. Especially as climbers are known for throwing everything into the back of their cars. Anything corrosive (such as petrol soaked into the carpet) will fatally damage a rope and is not worth the risk.
Other than that there are some great outdoor shops that sell reasonably priced gear around Manchester or if you’re big on brands, some great names which can start dominating your collection!