It is best to wear a layered clothing system, with wind/rain outer gear. This should include loose-fitting, weather-appropriate clothing. On hot days, you may be comfortable with a cotton t-shirt and shorts, but you should come prepared for cold or rainy weather since our clinics go rain or shine and the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. Long pants are ideal when it’s not too hot, because they protect you from scraped knees. Avoid cotton on cool days because it holds moisture next to your skin, which can cause you to become chilled. Synthetic long underwear or garments made of polypropylene, capilene or some polyester/spandex blend are ideal. These fabrics wick moisture away from your skin, causing you to stay warmer and drier.
To reach our climbing sites requires a 5 to 30-minute hike from where we park our vehicles, so wear sturdy shoes for the hike to the cliff. It is not appropriate to hike in sport sandals. A large daypack is useful to carry personal belongings and group gear. Hydration is important in any outdoor sport so bring along a personal water bottle. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses on all but the cloudiest days. If you wear glasses, you will want a retaining strap to keep them on your head. You should also bring any required medications and extra money for snacks, t-shirts and coin-op showers.
Zoar Outdoor will provide you with all the climbing equipment you need - climbing shoes, harness, and other related gear - as well as lunch partway through the day.