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The place to find real-life reviews of kids climbing gear. If you could contribute some information about any kids gear you have or are using, please let me know.


Wild Country Vision Kidz full body harness

Our club has 4 of these which have been used with over 20 children. The harness tie in point is set very high which puts the knot directly in front of the childs face, this also tends to pull the shoulder straps in towards the neck, some kids complain that the are choked while being lowered. The high tie in point also makes it hard for the child to assume the correct lowering position and results in the torso being pulled in towards the wall. The harness is fitted with a horizontal back strap which sits across the lower back and the slightly "larger" kids tell me this strap digs in uncomfortably while being lowered. The harness is well constructed, as you would expect from a prestigious brand like Wild Country, and the load locker buckles make adjusting the size quick and easy. Unfortunately the harness is let down by poor placement of the tie in point. The harness tends to fit the slim taller children better so if your child is shorter than 130 cm or a bit chubby avoid this harness.

With thanks to Richie Walker 19 Aug 2009

Wild Country Vision Kidz

I bought the Wild Country Vizion full body harness from Needle sports as they claimed on their website that it was the most adjustable and would last for a tall kid (which mine appears to be). I have adjusted the harness to the absolute minimum and it just about fits. The rope knot seems to be just at face height though when she rests on the rope which she doesn't like.

"RocknRoll" on UK Climbing forum 28 April 2008

Rock Empire Apache Harness
Bought from Cotswold Outdoor. My son chose them from the selection on the harnesses section of this site and luckily there's a Cotswolds locally that had one. They tell me that that they will not take returned climbing equipment if it's the wrong size for example. Be warned! I'd recommend that you take the child with you for fitting by the experts. He finds it easy to put on and take off himself (once adjusted) and he says it's very comfortable.

I also bought a belay set and an additional anchor strap and screwgate carabiner.

Rob Curry, December 2006

Another Rock Empire Apache review

When my daughter turned four, she was given a Rock Empire Apache harness by a close friend. We found the harness easy to use and being a full harness, it prevented her from tipping upside down. The harness showed little sign of wear when she grew out of it and my son started to use it. The only minor niggle is the sizing said it should of been able to have been used till she was 7 or 8, but she was about 6 when it became too small. The kids never found it uncomfortable and having gear loops was useful, as they like to practice removing gear outdoors and then clip it on to the harness.

Jim Croft. January 2007

Rock boots

Rock Pillars Heroes
I wanted to try to get the same boots as my son was using at Calshot, and it took a while to track these down! However, they seem to be only for groups, and can only usually be bought in 10 or 20 pairs! You could try the supplier in case they have any odd pairs available.

Montrail Grommet
A cool looking boot, with a slightly cheap looking snazzy flame effect on the velcro tab. It had a high cut section around the ankle which may chafe. The boot seemed quite stiff to me, especially the tab. We decided not to buy, so would value a review from users with real experience. Please contact me.

Boreal Ninja Junior
A grown-up looking boot and with the elasticated sides at the ankle, is less likely to chafe. My son has worn them recently, and likes them. We bought the next size up, and even thought they're a little slack, he loves the extra friction they give. I decided on velcro rather than laces for two reasons:

  1. Laces take longer to do up and undo, even though he can successfully tie them.
  2. It's easier to crush their feet without meaning to if you overdo the tightening.

Bought from HitchNHike. Reasonable price and delivered without problem.

All above Rob Curry, December 2006

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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
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03 Nov 2013
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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.

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  1. They have an amazing capacity to climb
  2. They are small, agile and funny
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- Just like kids!


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