Coach recommendations on gear.

Shape and fit are the number one priority.  All team members should have a climbing shoe with a downward pointed toe, preferably velcro or slip-on.  The fit of the shoe should be snug and tight with little foot pain.  Shoes should be sized for no more than six months of growth.  Examples of preferred models would be:

Scarpa:  Booster S, Boostic, Furia, Vapor V, Instinct VS

La Sportiva:  Solution, Skwama, Miura VS, Testarossa, Tarantula

Five Ten:  Hiangle, Blackwing, Team 5.10, Anasazi VCS, Rogue VCS

Evolve:  Agro, Shaman, Kira, Defy, Elektra

Any chalkbag or chalk bucket will do, but a bag with a belt or cord to hold them properly in place is recommended.  Loose chalk and a chalk ball combination is recommended.

Harnesses should always be tried on for a proper fit before purchasing.  They should be snug around the waist with room to adjust in both directions, and the leg loops should be comfortably snug. Examples of preferred models would be:

Blackdiamond: Solution, Momentum

Petzl: Sama, Adjama