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  • Sport Climbing
    <h1>Lets go climbing…………..what do you need to do this?</h1> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">There is no fixed list of things you need to go climbing. Back in the days they almost had no gear but of course this has changed. Today the choice of brands and models are endless, it has become a gear freak’s paradise. </p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;"><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/caper%20route%20category%20image.jpg" alt="Casper lead climbing" width="360" height="240" /></p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">Sport climbers need a harness, rope, quickdraws, carabiners, belay device, climbing helmet and maybe other items e.g. a few cams or nuts. </p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">Whether you are planning a relaxing bouldering holiday or a challenging tour in mountain terrain you will find the right climbing gear for every purpose, every level and every budget in our climbing shop. </p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">We started with only a few brands to which more have been added over time. A list of some of our brands include: E9, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Edelrid, Metolius, Moon Climbing, Beal, Scarpa and many more.</p> <h2>Sport Climbing gear </h2> <p>In addition to what a boulderer needs, a sports climber at least requires a rope, quickdraws, harness, a belay device and a helmet to safely practice his/her sport.</p> <p>When it comes to ropes most climbers get by with a single rope, which is what's needed in gyms and outdoor if you do a simple single pitch. You get the ropes in different diameters, different lengths and material. Make sure to have a look at the routes you plan on attempting, Topos will generally inform you on how long the route is, which is crucial to know when choosing your rope length. Remember if the wall is 20m high you'll need 20m to get up and an extra 20m to come down, so a 40m rope would do the job, but a 50m rope is probably the safer choice. </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/petzl%20rope.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="172" /></p> <p>Quickdraws too have many different characteristics that need to be considered before a purchase/climb. The length of the sling can vary and the gate opening and closing system of the carabiners. Here again it is best to have a good look at the routes you plan on climbing and come down to the shop where we can help you with further information. </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/petzl%20qd.jpeg" alt="" width="199" height="269" /></p> <p>When it comes to belay devices the main categories to consider are "assisted breaking" "semi assisted breaking" or "non assisted breaking" devices. Depending on what climb you're attempting and your level of experience different devices would be recommended. Again, analyse the routes you plan on climbing and come down to the shop where we can discuss in detail whats best suited for you. </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/belay.png" alt="" width="280" height="187" /></p> <p>The climbing helmet is self explanatory. Everyone should be wearing one although a lot of people don't. This is a personal decision but just keep in mind that the rock is not picky, pro, novice or just spectator, when a rock gets loose and falls down it can hit anyone and cause severe injuries. Some of the climbing helmets have even been designed to be approved as cycling helmet so you can get two birds with one stone.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/picchu2017.jpeg" alt="" width="235" height="235" /></p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit   </p>
  • Bouldering
    <h1>Lets go boulder…………..what do you need to do this?</h1> <p>There is no fixed list of things you need to go climbing. Back in the days they almost had no gear but of course this has changed. Today the choice of brands and models are endless, it has become a gear freak’s paradise.</p> <p>Boulderers can generally get by with very little equipment, climbing shoes, chalk, chalkbag and a crashpad is all you need to get by. </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/Screenshot_20220222-102433_WhatsApp.jpg" alt="anjin boulder" width="260" height="279" /></p> <p>Whether you are planning a relaxing bouldering holiday or a challenging tour in mountain terrain you will find the right climbing gear for every purpose, every level and every budget in our climbing shop. We started with only a few brands to which more have been added over time. A list of some of our brands include: E9, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Edelrid, Metolius, Moon Climbing, Beal, Scarpa and many more.</p> <h2>Bouldering gear</h2> <p>As previously mentioned a boulderer doesn't need much equipment, barely any, which is why bouldering is considered by some people to be the purest form of climbing. It's the isolation of single hard moves that makes it ideal to work on hard sequences or on personal weaknesses. There's just you vs the rock, no rope keeping you safe, no clips holding you on the wall, just you, your shoes fingers and pad. Others see bouldering as a training method towards rope climbing but it has established itself as a completely independent discipline and a unique set of equipment has emerged accordingly. </p> <p>The probably most important piece of gear in bouldering is the climbing shoe. The way bouldering developed and transformed itself to become this insane sport it is now requires very specific equipment, and the shoes help you use your feet as hands. Hard rubber vs soft rubber, asymmetric vs straight, with/without support, laces vs velcro, Vibram -edge vs -grip etc. These are all aspects that play a massive role in your bouldering game. They should fit perfectly, offer good grip and allow a good feel for the rock.   </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/drago.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="187" /></p> <p>The next most important thing when bouldering is the crash pad because after all it's what prevents impact with the ground in case of a fall. There are lots of different style pads out there, size matters, material and shock absorption system, carry system, thickness etc. Depending on where you go bouldering you will need to watch out for different features that could make your trip a lot more comfortable.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/snap%20pad%202.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="280" /></p> <p>Finally, you will need some chalk to complete your boulder kit, and any boulder chalk bag will do the job.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/chalk.jpeg" alt="" width="280" height="172" /></p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit</p>
  • Indoor Climbing
    <h1>Let's hit the plastic..Indoor climbing…………..what do you need to do this?</h1> <p>When it comes to indoor climbing &amp; bouldering the gear requirements do not really change compared to what you'd need outside. Refer back to the corresponding categories for a more detailed description of the necessary gear.</p> <p></p> <p>As a rope climber you won't necessarily need quickdraws indoors, unless you are specifically working on your clipping technique. The helmet is not really necessary indoors either since it mostly protects the belayer from loose rocks that may fall down. As for the climber, you do not see many climbers in the gym with a helmet, but it can still be useful because you never know what kind of fall you'll take and it can always cause you to swing and hit your head on sth.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/20210914_205223_remastered.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="333" /></p> <p>So here is a brief list of what you'd actually need to climb indoors?</p> <p>Most gyms will provide a rental service, allowing you to borrow everything you need (at a reasonably cheap price). Once you're hooked, you'll soon want to buy your own kit and that would include:</p> <p>- climbing shoes</p> <p>- chalk bag &amp; chalk</p> <p>- harness</p> <p>- belay device and quickdraw</p> <p>- rope (if you plan on lead climbing)</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/starter%20kit%20rope.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="280" /></p> <p></p> <p>If you are looking to go have some boulder fun indoors, literally all you need are the right shoes and some chalk. No more need for a crashpad since all gyms are equipped with certified mattresses everywhere. </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/20211024_115405.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="250" /></p> <p></p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit</p>
  • Training & Gym
    <h1>Lets hit the (home-)gym…………..what do you need to train right?</h1> <p>There are many reasons you might want to start a more specific training rather than hitting the plastic over and over again. Are you coming back from an injury? Have you hit a plateau? Are you working on a project? etc.. When it comes to training there is no magic formula that works for everyone. Every athlete needs to identify their weaknesses, know their body to avoid injury and have a clear training target in mind.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/moon.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="280" /> </p> <p>It is always recommended to look for professional advice because it can be hard to identify ones weak spots and knowing how to improve them is not always as straight forward and simple as gaining more muscle. </p> <h2>Trainging</h2> <p>The very first thing to do when planning a training program is to have a clear goal in mind. What do you want to achieve? Do you struggle with certain specific moves because you are lacking strength? Do you struggle because you cannot get your feet up and hip to open? Can you do all the single moves of your route but can't seem to combine them? And, and, and.... </p> <p>Once you figured out why you want to train you can start planning on what to train. If you are not familiar with setting up training programs ask around in your local gym, come down to have a chat with us at the shop or just take the time to do some personal research.  </p> <p>When it comes to training equipment the single most important tool is a fingerboard! Every other piece of gear can somehow be replaced or skipped, but finger strength is crucial in climbing and therefor a priority on the training list. Be careful when taking on a fingerboard because the risk of injury can be quiet high if the climber is not warmed up properly or simply hasn't developed the necessary tendon strength in the fingers.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/beastmaker2000.jpg" alt="" width="222" height="222" /> </p> <p>There are lots of other tools out there that will help you train but essentially most of them serve as equipment to improve finger-strength or grip strength. Best is to come down to the shop so we can asses what is best for you! </p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/rotantsphere_1.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="325" /><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/anthill63.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="325" /></p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit</p>
  • Mountaineering
    <h1>Lets hit the mountains…………..what do you need to do this?</h1> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">Back in the days they almost had no gear but of course this has changed. Today the choice of brands and models are endless, it has become a gear freak’s paradise. </p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">Mountaineers need a lot of different gear even for the easiest routes and here the choice is endless. It can range from crampons and an ice axe to the right clothing and bivouac equipment.</p> <p style="font-size:11px;font-weight:400;">Whether you are planning a relaxing bouldering holiday or a challenging tour in mountain terrain you will find the right climbing gear for every purpose, every level and every budget in our climbing shop. We started with only a few brands to which more have been added over time. A list of some of our brands include: E9, Petzl, Black Diamond, La Sportiva, Edelrid, Metolius, Wild Country, Moon Climbing, Beal, Scarpa and many more.</p> <h2>Mountaineer equipment</h2> <p>This category includes ice climbing, securing your own routes and anything that is not sports climbing or bouldering. </p> <p>Sometimes routes are not bolted all the way or not at all. In those cases you need some extra equipment to be able to secure yourself on the way up. This type of climbing is called trad climbing or clean climbing because you don't leave a trace of your route on the rock. This type of climbing is very popular in the UK and it requires the athlete to carry nuts and cams which are the tools that anchor him/her to the rock for the time being. </p> <p>When it comes to ice climbing, selecting your gear becomes a real science and the climb itself a material arms race. When on long high alpine tours you never know what conditions you'll encounter so you need climbing equipment for every eventuality with you. That means a full set of mountain climbing equipment plus full ice climbing gear, that is a lot to carry so good backpacks are a must too. </p> <p></p> <p>The most important thing in rock climbing is to be aware and informed of what you do. What style do you plan on climbing, then analyse the single routes you'd like to try, are they single pitch or multi pitch, how high are they, how long, how many bolts needed, are there bolts etc. Take note of all these aspects and come down to our shop where we can further discuss and try out what the ideal equipment for your climb is.</p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit</p>
  • Trad & Big Wall
    <h1>Lets go trad climb…………..what do you need to do this?</h1> <p>The term 'Trad' climbing or <em>traditional </em>climbing did not exist until a couple of years ago. It only became commonplace since sport climbing got so popular and pre-bolted routes established themselves as <em>standard</em>. Up through the "old days" of the 1980s, trad was simply known as climbing.</p> <p></p> <p><strong>What is the difference between <em>Traditional Climbing </em>and <em>Sport Climbing</em>? </strong></p> <p>First major difference is that <em>Traditional</em> climbing involves carrying and placing protection (camming devices and so on) rather than clipping into preplaced bolts. Furthermore, the traditional climber needs to practice route-finding, compared to a sport climber who just needs to follow the bolts up a particular route. Moreover, the traditional climber needs a good knowledge on how to build anchors and the skill to make them. These are some of the main differences, there's more to it which we can discuss here at the shop. </p> <p></p> <p><strong>Trad Climbing Gear</strong></p> <p>I'm sure you have heard the term Nuts &amp; Friends before and asked yourself what the heck those people were talking about. Those are common names given to trad protection. This protection can be divided into two main categories, first <em>Active </em>protection, such as camming devices or "<em>friends" </em> and <em>Passive </em>protection such as chocks, nuts or tapers. Next, the climber has to attach both sling &amp; carabiner to every protection piece in order to secure the rope. Meaning, that he/she is carrying a whole range of protection, slings and carabiners, and even more gear to create a belay anchor at the top of the pitch. </p> <p><strong>Active Protection</strong></p> <p>Spring-loaded camming devices have 3 or 4 curved cams that pull inward when the device's trigger is pulled, then expand into the crack when the trigger is released and if placed correctly won't even come out with a significant shock load.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/tradisradgearpromojpg-1.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="158" /></p> <p><strong>Passive Protection</strong></p> <p>Wedges are tapered chunks of metal, usually on a wire, that are wedged or jammed into or behind a crack in the rock. Cams are more rounded and are twisted or rocked in order to jam into place.</p> <p><img src="https://www.caspersclimbingshop.com/img/cms/1200px-Assorted_Nuts_and_Nut_Tool.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="330" /></p> <p><strong>Know your gear before you climb</strong></p> <p>Before you attack the mountains with your new shiny hexes, nuts and camming devices, make sure you know how they work. It is absolutely essential that you find an experienced instructor and learn how to make solid anchors and how to place protection.</p> <p></p> <p>We are constantly adding to our range of products so we can propose all the right gear you will need during your climbing.</p> <p>The choices are endless and difficult today so contact our <a href="/contact-us">Customer Service</a> or <a href="mailto:info@caspersclimbingshop.com">send us a mail</a> to help you choose the right product for your needs. </p> <p></p> <p>Shop online.........more time to climb.</p> <p></p> <p>Casper's Supports Your Summit</p>