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Patagonia Rock Climbing Clothes For Cold Climates

Updated on July 16, 2012

Rock climbing is a fun and exhilarating sport, which has become increasingly popular over the last few years. As with most sports, this activity requires certain equipment; this is vital to ensure that the climber stays safe when they're on the wall or cliff face. What most people don't realise is that the clothing worn when rock climbing is just as important as the equipment. The right kind of clothes can help to prevent injury and protect the climber from the elements. The Patagonia range is particularly suitable for those seeking good quality climbing clothes.

Patagonia - R1 Hoody
Patagonia - R1 Hoody

Why Base Layers Are A Necessity:

To begin with, base layer underclothes are a must. Rock climbing involves spending prolonged periods at high altitudes, where the temperatures are likely to be very low. Without the correct clothing, the climber could be at risk of hypothermia. Thermal vests and underwear provide the first protective layer for the limbs. This first layer must be fitted close to the skin, so that perspiration will evaporate easily and air will continue to circulate.

Patagonia - Speed Ascent Jacket
Patagonia - Speed Ascent Jacket

Choosing The Right Climbing Top

Choosing the right top for climbing is also important. It's vital for the climber to ensure that their shoulders, elbows and wrists are not too restricted and can move freely, so that the climber can work with their equipment and move quickly when they need to. If the top limits the amount of flexibility the climber has, this could put them in danger during a climb. The Patagonia range is designed with such issues in mind. Of course, the top one chooses also has to be warm and should cover the limbs. Although it's fine to climb in lighter clothing indoors, the climber should also ensure that they're warm enough when taking part in outdoor climbs, particularly in colder climates.

Patagonia - Northwall Pants
Patagonia - Northwall Pants

Trousers Made For Climbing

Warm trousers, such as those from the Patagonia range, are a must in colder locations or when the climb is going to be more challenging. Again, they'll need to be extremely durable and quite stretchy, particularly around the knee area. Pockets can come in useful too. The material of climbing trousers needs to be lightweight and preferably made using a fabric that can deflect UV rays, so as to prevent sunburn. Sunburn can be a problem even on colder climbs, so adequate protection should always be used. In locations that are very cold and wet, it's important to wear trousers that are waterproof and well insulated, but still lightweight.


For beginners who are just trying out rock climbing and are doing so indoors, it's usually fine to just wear basic vests and trousers for the climb. However, those who are starting to take the sport seriously should invest in good quality clothing made by a specialist climbing brand, as the items made by such companies are designed to be able to withstand the wear and tear that comes with climbing. There are a huge number of climbing clothing brands out there, including Patagonia. Patagonia clothing includes good quality protective outerwear such as jackets, trousers, hats and gloves.


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