Various gear-related questions to prepare you for your climb.
When buying a harness, make sure it fits your body type and is comfortable when hanging in it. Don't buy something just because it's cheaper - buy what works for you.
Check with the manufacturer for specific advice, but typically it is safest to retire a harness after 10 years of use or if it looks worn out.
I'm looking for a technical pant that is nylon, windproof, abrasion-resistant, with a reinforced knee and ankle area, a belt with a buckle, and one pocket over the thigh.
Climbing gloves are not necessary for ascending, but they can be helpful in preventing skin from getting worn out from rope work.
When climbing, I like to carry a combination of passive Pro and active Pro so that I can access up the wall and protect the route safely. It also allows me to leave behind an anchor piece if needed, as passive Pro is significantly cheaper and works just as well when rappelling off.