The journey package record: mountaineering necessities for 2022


5. Lyon Gripmaster Slight tension

This little device helps train and strengthen your hands and fingers, allowing for a stronger and more lasting grip on the rock. Lightweight and pocket-sized, it’s handy for beginners, but there are medium and heavy tension options as well. £11.70

6. Nature climbing raw chalk

Regular climbing chalk can leave residue on the rock, change pH and nutrient conditions, and also fall onto surrounding plants and soil. Nature Climbing’s solution is an all-natural chalk made from 100% pure Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide, sourced from the EU. Packed in a biodegradable coffee bag, the chalk is additive-free and skin-friendly. €14 (£11.50) for 125g.

7. YETI Camino 50 carry-all

Yeti’s outdoor gear has earned a solid reputation for quality in the climbing world, and the brand’s new 50L waterproof tote bag is no exception. It’s especially good for carrying climbing gear, with built-in dividers to keep essentials like chalk bags, ropes and shoes separate. £180.

8. Simond climbing and mountaineering harness

This harness is cheaper than many competing models but offers excellent quality and was developed by climbing instructors to offer a high level of comfort and convenience. Four gear loops on the sides allow climbers to attach things like nuts, quickdraws and carabiners. £39.99.

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Published in the May 2022 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)

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