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Kids Climbing
The site for UK Kids Climbing information

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Kids Gear

The Kids Gear section is a list of gear links that is sorted into
Harnesses: Full
Harnesses: Sit/Chest
Rock shoes.

Full harnesses are more appropriate for kids with little hip definition as this means they are less likely to slip out of the harness. You can approximate the same thing by buying an adjustable sit/chest harness combination which may be more expensive intially but more cost effective in the long run.

Choose one of the links in the menu to go to the gear you're interested in. These lists are restricted to where you find kids climbing gear in the UK only and are occasionally updated. Rock boots and particularly harnesses should be suitable for the height and weight of the child, so don't just buy hoping they will fit. If you have a local supplier, bring your child to try them out first. Harnesses generally cannot be returned once bought as they may have been used.

If your child is younger/older/bigger/smaller, by going to these sites you may find other gear that might be appropriate.

We have a Reviews section - contact me if you can write a short review of any of the gear featured. Thanks!

You can find gear on sites in Europe and the States, but I've chosen to show only those available in the UK because of potential language/shipping difficulties. If you would like to see listings of kids gear in other locations, please contact me. I found a search on Shopzilla and Bizrate of American equipment and suppliers.

Renting versus Buying and a Compromise

Of course you don't have to buy your child's gear, you could rent it every session at your local wall. This has the advantage that if they lose interest quickly, you're not out of pocket, also you get some experience of what works and what doesn't. It can end up being very expensive in the long run though.

Buying gear is relatively more expensive in the short run, but a rental of £5 per session soon mounts up and brand new gear is quite reasonably priced for kids. The down side is that kids have a tendency to inflate at an alarming rate, and soon outgrow any item of clothing you buy for them. A good tip for shoes is to buy one size too big and have the child wear a pair of socks to make a good fit, then remove the socks as they grow into the shoes.

A compromise is to try to find second hand gear, which for kids should be in very good condition as they usually outgrow before they wear out any equipment (especially rock boots). You could ask at your local wall or stick a postcard on the noticeboard.

WARNING! As with all safety equipment, buying secondhand does not guarantee that the equipment has been tested for safety, even if it looks brand new. This particularly goes for helmets, harnesses and ropes. Remember the life you risk when buying second hand is your child's!




For Retailers and Climbing Walls
Kidsclimbing can get you sales and customers, but as a non-profit site, we ask that you contribute a minimum of £10 to Kidsclimbing's charity, The Children's Trust we will then add or restore a link to your products. Check out the Testimonials page to see what responses we're getting from our visitors.
In return, you'll get great exposure for your shop plus an entry in our Caring Companies list.

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Find out more about donating

14 Oct 2015

Huge thanks to Cold Mountain Kit for their recent generous donation of £100 to the Kidsclimbing charity the Childrens Trust! See the recent Cold Mountain Kit updates on the Kids Gear pages. Also go to the handy Kids gear page on the Cold Mountain Kit site.
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13 April 2015
Big thanks to Brian of the Climbing Works in Sheffield, for your generous donation to Kidsclimbing's charity the Children's Trust! Climbing Works is for those children who love to climb anything or everything, or adults looking for a new sport that is beyond the norm.
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24 Oct 2014
Many thanks Stacey & Keith of Adventurous Little Legs, the specialists in outdoor clothing and gear for little adventurers, for your generous donation to Kidsclimbing's charity the Children's Trust!
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28 Dec 2013
9 year old boy climbs tallest peak in the Americas!
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17 Nov 2013
New Social Media page. Find all the Twitter feeds, Facebook channels and Blogs you need.

03 Nov 2013
Welcome to the new fully revamped Kidsclimbing site! It should be viewable on all devices, such as desktops, tablets and phones. Please let me know if you have any problems on your device, letting me know what device and browser you're using so other users can get a better experience. Thanks!

12 Oct 2013
Many thanks to Cold Mountain Kit for contributing £10 to the Kidsclimbing Charity!

Thanks to our fantastic artist Abi for creating the cool cartoons especially for Kidsclimbing that you can see in our tablet or desktop views of this site.

Secondhand kids gear
Any parents/carers who have second hand/outgrown children's climbing shoes/walking boots please contact me and I'll post them up for sale on the noticeboard.

If you have any comments or questions about this site or you can write a review of any of the gear, please contact me.

Find out more about the Children's Trust

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Why is the gecko the symbol of Kidsclimbing?

  1. They have an amazing capacity to climb
  2. They are small, agile and funny
  3. They get everywhere

- Just like kids!


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