"Cragging" refers to road-side single-pitch or short multi-pitch rock climbing. Because its road-side, we can get away with a lot more stuff then we can on alpine or longer multi-pitch rock routes. Here's what I usually carry:
Group Gear Provided
- Climbing protection
- Comprehensive first aid kit to stabilize bleeding and fractures
- Emergency communication - cell phone, satellite phone, or beacon device
- Internal frame pack - 40 to 45L is the most versatile combination of space but not too big. Mine has lasted me for 15 years, and shows no sign of quiting. Metolius Express Haul Pack
- Appropriate footwear - running shoes or approach shoes work best. Scarpa Gecko
- 1-2 Liters of water. I typically use 1L Nalgene bottles for these days
- Lunch - we can take an actual lunch break, so really anything goes
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Small first aid kit with a couple of band-aids, aspirin, ibuprofen, your preferred blister repair. Also, an epi-pen if you have any critical allergies!
- Pocket knife
- Headlamp - you never know!
- OPTIONAL - Trekking poles
- OPTIONAL - Camera
- OPTIONAL - Belay specs. These weird looking glasses really work and save your neck. There are a couple of models out now. belayspecs.com
- Climbing helmet. Black Diamond Half Dome
- Climbing harness - for rock climbs, I really prefer a harness that is well padded. New designs are finding that wider belts require less padding, something I'm checking out for myself. Black Diamond Solution
- Belay device with a large "HMS" or "William" belay carabiner. Black Diamond ATC-XP Belay Device and RockLock Screwgate Carabiner
- Two smaller locking carabiners for anchoring. Black Diamond Positron Screwgate Carabiner
- One non-locking carabiner the same size as the smaller locking carabiner - so they can be matched. Black Diamond Hotwire Carabiner
- One 48" / 120cm double-shoulder-length sling. Black Diamond 18mm Nylon Runners
- Climbing shoes. These should fit comfortably, like a pair of running shoes. A jack of all trades shoe is fine, but feel free to bring whatever is appropriate if you have multiple pairs.
Clothing - recommending clothing can be the hardest part in the Cascades. What I wear for rock climbing in May is dramatically different then September. Sometimes belaying is a cold job, while climbing generates a lot of heat. Here is a loose suggestion that may be changed depending on actual conditions.
- On head: Knit hat, ball cap, neck gaiter. Outdoor Research Storm Beanie, Swift Cap, and Echo Ubertube
- On top: Short-sleeve shirt, active insulation, belay insulation, just in case rain protection. Insulation and rain jacket may be dropped if the forecast is good, but I almost always bring a long-sleeve something just in case. Outdoor Research Growler S/S Shirt, Deviator Hoody, Cathode Hooded Jacket, and Helium II Jacket.
- On hands: Belay and rappel gloves. Outdoor Research Air Brake Gloves
- On bottom: I might wear shorts for a hot hike, but I'll almost always wear pants for climbing