Indoor rock climbing is an exciting activity that people of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. It’s fun to climb to new heights, solve challenges, and accomplish something new each time you climb a different path. Indoor rock climbing can even train you for outdoor rock climbing, which is a lot more challenging but can bring you to places all over the world. 

Before you become an expert, however, it’s essential to know the basics of indoor climbing. One of the first things you should learn is what to wear for indoor rock climbing. Once you know what to wear for rock climbing, you’ll be ready to start ascending to greater heights! 

What Clothes to Wear Rock Climbing

Shirts: For women, it’s best to wear a loose t-shirt and a sports bra, and for men, a loose t-shirt is a good idea as well. You don’t want anything so loose that it gets caught up in the harness, but nothing that will restrict your movement either. 

Pants: Women can wear shorts, loose pants, or leggings. Be sure if you wear loose shorts that nobody can see up the legs from below. You don’t want any embarrassment on the rock wall! Men can wear loose shorts and pants as well but should watch out for the same issue. 

The general rule of thumb is to wear clothes that will allow you to move freely. You don’t want anything that will restrict your movement too heavily and make it challenging to reach that next handhold. Fabrics should be light and breathable. Rock climbing gyms are usually kept cool, but you’re getting quite a workout and don’t want to overheat on the rock wall. Finally, wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. You will likely get chalk on anything that you wear, so be sure to keep that in mind while getting dressed. 

What Shoes to Wear Rock Climbing

The shoes you choose are the most critical part of your rock climbing attire. While some people do go in plain sneakers, these are not the best shoes to find success at rock climbing. You’ll want to invest in some rock climbing shoes if you’re going to go rock climbing regularly. Rock climbing shoes have a sticky rubber sole that provides grip on the rock wall holds. They will help you immensely in accomplishing more challenging feats on the wall. However, be sure to bring a change of shoes to wear into the bathroom, per rock climbing etiquette.

Come Rock Climbing at Main Event Today!

Main Event’s rock climbing wall in Austin, Texas, offers climbing challenges suitable for all ages and skill levels. Our 28-foot rock wall is the perfect challenge to get you hooked on the hobby for good. So pick out your ideal rock climbing outfit and head on out to Main Event today for a day full of fun and excitement on our rock climbing wall.