CLIMBING - EQUIPMENT
- Rock Shoes
this article there will be an overview of footwear,
it would be advisable when purchasing rock boots that
you visit various specialist outlets and ask for advice
concerning different boots and compare various manufactures
when trying them on for size and fitting. Always go
for the most comfortable [rock shoes will never be comfortable]
and the cheapest, on average you will find the boots
will last for about two  years for the average climber.
Talk to the climbers on the crags, retail outlets, climbing
clubs and the climbers at the climbing walls to gather
The rock boots plays an important part in climbing
as they are a principal source of friction.
In the early days and up to the middle of the 1950's,
generally the climbers wore iron-nailed boots or flimsy
rubber-soled plimsolls, then from France came the "PA"
which was an excellent smooth-soled boot that was designed
for climbing on rock, which helped the climber to attempt
more difficult grades.
rock boot today is made from a sticky rubber compound
with a smooth and flexible sole ranging from ankle boots
to the low-cut slippers and in various shapes and colours.
The rubber of the sole usually extends up the side of
the foot. For the new climber or who only does general
climbing it is best to avoid the slipper type shoe as
they are for more specialist climbing.
The boots are worn tight and that is why are not renowned
for comfort. The Toe of the boot is
to be as narrow as possible, this enables you to jam
your foot right into extremely thin cracks. The Sole
is flat and sticky and must be kept clean to guarantee
maximum friction and efficiency. The Heel
with the rand which runs around the boot and extends
upwards at the heel, offers good friction when heel
The cost of rock boots range from £50.00 upwards.
Never you use your boots to walk to the crags always
use your trainers if the crag is near to the road and
if you are venturing high into the hills use walking
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.