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  • Another piece of climbing equipment that you're going to need for climbing in a gym is going

  • to be a couple of carabiners, and you have lots of choices when you're picking a carabiner.

  • It comes in all kinds of colors, shapes, and sizes. They all serve pretty much the same

  • purpose. So to give you a couple of examples, right here we have a locking carabiner, and

  • another type of locking carabiner. Both serve a similar purpose, the color doesn't really

  • mean anything, you're going to see lots of options when you go to pick some out.

  • The most important feature is that they have this screw gate here, which locks the gate

  • in the closed position, preventing it from opening while you're climbing. These are the

  • kinds of devices that you want to have for attaching your belay device, to use for anchoring

  • yourself, a little bit more expensive than a non-locking caribiner, but certainly a critical

  • choice. You should definitely have one for your belay device.

  • These carabiners here are what are called non-locking carabiners. You'll notice there's

  • no screw gate on them, but they also still look a little bit different, meaning that

  • one of these carabiners has a wire gate, the other one has a straight gate. And these types

  • of gates serve a similar purpose. You have some difference in functionality as far as

  • how the carabiners feel when you're clipping your rope to them, but as far as the strength

  • and things like that, they're pretty comparable.

  • So non-locking carabiners are great for when you're sport climbing, and you're using those

  • as what's called a quickdraw to be making your clips. They are a little bit easier to

  • work with, so this would be a great example of a non-locking carabiner.

  • A final type of carabiner that you might see is something known as a quickdraw. They look

  • like this, and it's basically two of those non-locking carabiners connecting to what's

  • known as a dog bone. That's the piece here in the middle. And these quickdraws are what

  • you would use for lead climbing here in the gym.

  • Most of the time, these are already fixed to the wall for you, but it's still a good

  • thing to be able to identify, and it is one primary use for those non-locking carabiners.

  • So again, these are quickdraws. You probably won't need to purchase any on your own as

  • most climbing gyms do provide them for you, but just so you know what you're looking at,

  • these are both examples of quickdraws used for lead climbing. And that's what you need

  • to know before buying any carabiners to come to the climbing gym.

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How to Pick the Right Carabiners | Rock Climbing

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    JYY posted on 2017/03/22
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