What’s in My Outdoor Bouldering Bag 🎒

What’s in My Outdoor Bouldering Bag 🎒


What’s up everyone, happy September!! A lot of you guys are asking me to do a
“What’s In My Outdoor Bouldering Bag” video, and now that it’s finally
autumn-ish, I think that it’s an appropriate time to do that! So that’s what you’re
watching right now. Let’s get into it. First thing is: what bag am I using? This is a camera bag from a brand called
Brevite. I’m gonna be showing you a lot of products today, and this is not
sponsored in any means; actually this is quite the opposite. This I found through
a targeted Instagram ad, and I clicked the link and then I just saw
them everywhere, aggressively targeting me so much that I just caved in and
bought one. A spicy tip for you – if you are interested in any of these products
that I am showing you today, maybe do a little incognito window. I don’t
know if they can steal your data that way, because I feel like once I click on
something, I just start seeing it everywhere. It’s got fun different compartments
in it and I always lose things in them. It doesn’t help having more compartments,
just more places to lose stuff. Next up is pretty obvious: I’ve got
shoes and I’ve got chalk. Not much to say about
those, except for the fact that some places, I’ve heard, don’t really like it
when you use chalk. I’ve never been to a place like this, but it’s always good to
research before you go. You’ll notice that I also have a little brush in my
chalk bag. This is crucial when you’re going outside, because not only do you
want to brush off any of your excess chalk marks, chalk, etc., but
sometimes there can be debris and choss and you want to, you know, make
sure that rock is squeaky clean. Just make sure that you’re not brushing
it so aggressively that you’re brushing the rock off. I think that
there’s some places that don’t want you to use, like, specific types of brushes
that are, like, too abrasive, especially, like, on sandstone. Some places just
really, really want you to brush off your tick marks. If you’re gonna be
chalking up rocks that are next to, you know, hiking trails, people don’t want
to see that. And really popular bouldering areas I don’t see that
abided so much – abode? boted? bided? I don’t really understand why, because it’s
so much fun to brush rocks. If you’re bouldering outside, then you’re gonna need a crash pad. I have a pretty simple di-fold Metolius crash pad. The downside with
having a smaller crash pad is your spotters are gonna need to move it around
if your fall zone changes during the climb. I’m gonna be showing you a lot of
stuff today, and pro tip: if you don’t want to put them in your bag or carry
them, you can stuff them in your crash pad when it’s folded up, and it
looks kind of funny. It kind of looks like *this*! This is me plugging your
Instagram, Martin. So if you’ve never even used tape indoors, you’re probably gonna want to bring it outside, because you get a flapper or a skin injury, tape it up –
you might be able to send a little bit more. This tape that I got was a thiccer boi,
but then I kind of tore it in half, um… cause I wanted thin bois. So
that’s why I bought the thick tape. If you get a skin injury and you’re done
climbing, or maybe you get a skin injury somewhere that isn’t your fingers
like me, like my clumsy ass, then it’s a good idea to have Band-Aids with you as
well. And then I also bring some Neosporin as well. Disinfect and protect!
That’s my very limited first aid kit for outdoors. I kind of have a little bit of
anxiety thinking that it’s not enough, so if you have first aid
essentials when you’re outside, please let me know in the comments below. You
never know what’s gonna happen, but..! Water and snack. Oh my god, so important to
bring water. More water than you think you’ll need. If it’s 2019, you’re
still using single-use plastic water bottles, why? When you could have a
water bottle like this? This was a water bottle that was gifted to me by the fine
folks over at LARQ. This is not sponsored, it was a very generous gift in exchange
for an honest review. The kicker is that it’s actually self-disinfecting: it uses
its little cap here to blast the water with ultraviolet light. If you’ve
ever notice your reusable bottles they kind of get that weird smell,
it’s because of the bacteria that’s been growing and festering in your water
bottle. Gross, right? Ultraviolet light will kill off the bacteria that is
starting to grow. I’ve had this for two or three weeks and I’ve been using it
every day. Smells really great and the water tastes *mwah* super fresh. This is me pressing the button. Right now it’s just blasting my water with some
fine, fine UV light. So thank you, LARQ, for that. There will be a link in the
bio to just check it out. Snack. I usually will have something
compact and not super messy. Something that I pretty much always bring,
especially if the road leading up to the bouldering area is super long and winding, is these little ginger chews because I get really motion sick. You can get these at Trader Joe’s. The best part about these is that it’s really
chewy, so it gets stuck in your teeth. The snack that keeps on giving. You’re also going to want to bring a receptacle
to put all of your trash in. Sometimes I will have plastic bags lying around the
house even though I’m trying very hard to cut down on my single-use
plastic. So what I do is I just repurpose those plastic bags into small garbage
bags. I bring them out to the crag with me in the case that someone was not
chill and left some of their trash. You know, leave the crag
better than how you found it. Okay, the next thing that you’re gonna want to bring is… a plan! Really important especially if you’re going to a crag that does not have great cell
service. It’s really important, if you’re gonna be meeting up with people, to have
a concrete plan to meet at this location at this time. I’ve heard of many
days a-wasted just because people were trying to find each other and getting
super lost. Also a good idea to download the area in Mountain Project if you
don’t have the guidebook. Obviously, I think it’s better to have the guidebook;
support the people who wrote it, and it’s probably going to be in
greater detail. Always good to download everything on Mountain Project for the area, including
photos, anything that’s gonna help you navigate. This is a fun little luxury item and it’s the
climbOn Balm. I feel like a beauty YouTuber. This is just a lotion bar that comes in a little tin, and I don’t use it all the time, but if my tips are feeling especially toasty after a long session
outside, then it’s just kind of nice to rub your fingers in there,
and I think it’s multi-purpose too. Sometimes if I’m at high elevation – my
hair is really fine so this is a little weird – but I’ll just kind of, like… Kind of calm down the flyaways, um… Another luxury item for me would be a
hand towel. I read a lot of Douglas Adams growing up, and so I know the importance
of always bringing a towel. It doesn’t take up too much space in your bag, and
it’s pretty useful for dusting off your shoes, or your feet, or, you know, anything. The
possibilities are endless when you have a hand towel. Especially if you’re new to going outside, I really recommend going with a friend, preferably someone who
knows the area really well and who gives good beta. I found that it’s a really nice
way of cementing friendships that you start to cultivate in the gym. It’s a nice way to spend a whole day with someone that you can see a potential friendship blossoming with, and it’s
always a good idea to have someone there to keep you safe, have your back. If I fall and
I don’t have a spotter, then I’m in for a bad time. The clothes. Yeah.
Clothes: something to keep you warm and also out of prison. I usually don’t wear
shorts because, since I’m kind of clumsy, I just scrape my whole [redacted] up and
it’s not cute. Despite what you’ve seen on this channel, I don’t really climb
outside in dresses. Wouldn’t be my first choice. I do wear leggings sometimes, but it’s not super cute when they snag on really rough rock. Alternatively, you would buy climbing pants.
Honestly, it’s kind of expensive and I don’t know – I haven’t tried them on and
seeing how flexible the crotch area is – obviously, if they’re climbing
pants, they have to keep that in mind, but I don’t know, I just don’t trust.
Instead – ho ho ho – what I found works really well for me is the Rectrek Pant
from Outdoor Voices. Outdoor Voices is honestly my favorite clothing retailer
in general. They do not sponsor me. I really wish that they would. I’m not
great at describing material so I’ll just kind of put it close to the
camera so you can see. I have this in hunter green and I have it in white as
well. I love these pants. They feel super durable as well as flexible. When I tried
them on I was just doing the Pennywise dance, getting my legs and my
knees super high. They come in *this type* or *this type*. The white one
I’ve worn outside to Stoney, which is super dusty, but the dust has washed
right off. If you want – Anyone can have a referral code, okay!! But if you
want 20% off your first purchase from Outdoor Voices, then use the referral link in the
description below. I’m sorry I’m in such a weird mood this morning I feel
like I’m just really giggly and happy I’m happy because I’m talking to
you guys. You’re my friends. In the winter, layers, layers, layers are so
important. I bring these little hand heat thingies. I don’t know what they’re
called, honestly, but this is what they look like. HotHands. I think I got these
from a store in Bishop. I just opened them up, once they’re exposed to air
that’s when, you know, the reaction starts and it starts to, you know, exothermic
and whatever. I put them in my pockets, and in between climbs I’ll just
kind of warm my hands up. One thing that I don’t have is approach shoes.
I’ve worn anything between Teva sandals, Vans, running shoes…
Are – is it pronounced Tay-va? It’s pronounced Tay-va. One thing that I did forget to mention: I
like to bring these TheraBands, because especially someone who’s a beginner, who
might be projecting dead-ass a V1, there aren’t a lot of climbing warm-ups
that I can do. I can’t just climb a V0 and have it be a warm-up.
TheraBands: a good way to warm up my body so that I’m not pumping myself
out on my first climb. So those are pretty much all of the things that I
bring when I’m outside. If you found that there was a pretty egregious omission
from the things that I just showed you right now, let me know in the comments
below and I’ll probably be very embarrassed that I didn’t include it. This
is kind of an outdoor themed video, so if you’re interested in watching
more outdoor-style videos, I do have a playlist of them that I’ll link over
*here*, as well as my most recent video over *here*, so you can catch up on
the latest and greatest. I really hope that everyone has a really
successful Send-tember, Rocktober, and I’ll see you in the next one! Alright, bye.

40 thoughts on “What’s in My Outdoor Bouldering Bag 🎒”

  • big yes to clothes – a necessity, a staple! as some people (not me) have learned the hard way (definitely not me or anything though haha… unless?)

  • Good video as always. My only additional suggestion is sunscreen, especially if you're climbing sleeveless. Also I actually love my climbing pants (that I only buy on sale). They're super flexible, but more than anything they're super lightweight so they just feel nice? Definitely more a luxury than a necessity though.

  • Some other stuff I have in my bag:
    Alcohol swabs to clean injuries
    Woundseal and New-Skin for especially bloody injuries
    After Bite for mosquito bites
    And a cheapo laser pointer so I can point out holds while working out the beta from the ground

  • I use this first aid kit for day hiking and trips to the crag https://www.rei.com/product/113006/adventure-medical-kits-mountain-series-hiker-medical-kit there’s a $15 version as well. On mountain project, there’s a deals thread and you catch some great deals, I got solid climbing pants for $20 😁

  • i bring alcohol prep pads everywhere i go and they come in handy super often to get cuts and scrapes Really Really clean before you go for neosporin & bandaids. also so much sunscreen. sunscreen for days.

  • Dirtbag Climbing says:

    Yo! If you’re interested in more climbing centric pants I highly recommend the la sportiva tundras and prAna has started to release some pretty dope pants for ladies too! Also pro tip for when your bouldering/climbing in the cold is to toss a hot hand in your chalk bag 🤙🏼 game changer

  • Sunscreen, a hat, first aid kit, bug spray, pocket knife and tons of water/snacks is really important too! I also over prepare for if things went as wrong as they can

  • Hand sanitizer! Good for before you chalk up, after you pee, and before you snack! I also carry gum, eye drops for my contacts, sunglasses, a nail clippers and file, a travel size sunscreen and bug spray, and head lamp for when you climb too long and have to walk back in the dark!

  • Just always bring rolled gauze you can use it to stuff wounds to make a splint with wood and you can tear them and use it as a bandage. Climbing tape should be good to secure it to skin

  • A foil blanket! My climbing partner broke her ankle (fell awkwardly on the pad). She immediately went into shock, and became extremely extremely cold. I covered her in coats and jumpers. When mountain rescue showed up however, they threw some foil blankets over her and the difference from her was crazy. They can also be used to keep the sun off you if it's scorching hot or as a bright reflective thing to draw in helpers ect ect. Put one in your bag, hopefully you'll never need it. But it could be a lifesaver. Take a good quality, sharp knife too.

  • Also a headlamp or some type of portable light source if you end up sticking around at the crag into the nighttime. Also, the beta for using those Hot Hands hand warmers I've found is to open them when you get up in the morning. Those things can take hours to reach full heat potential. I used to open them when I thought I needed them but they take forever to heat up and were the hottest later on during the drive back home.

  • I bought a pair of climbing pants straight away because I figured even though they are expensive, about twice as much as the yoga pants I usually buy, they will hopefully last me a lot longer and will, therefore, be cheaper in the long run. My clumsy ass loves them, and I can move just as well on the wall as in yoga pants, and I would wear them all the time if I could.

  • I bring my handy dandy Metolius Shortstop. It’s like a mini crash pad that I use to cover small rocks, fill gaps between pads, and as like a welcome mat to dust off dirt from my shoes before hopping onto a rock. It also conveniently fits right into a bifold crash pad.

  • Guillaume Champagne says:

    Great video as always! Don't forget the sunscreen/bug spray though!

    For guys (and girls I guess), your T shirt can act as your hand towel lol.

    Also, if you're going to a super remote crag, bring clothes/water/food for overnight, better to be prepared in case something happens, you don't want to be stuck some place with no warmth, no water, no food.

    For approach shoes, I really like my Evolv Rebel. They're comfortable normal walking shoes with Trax rubber as a sole.

  • Hi Jenn, I would also recommend you add a flash board. It’s a great way to warm up and get your fingers warm. You can hang it on a tree or use your feet. Also, instead of traditional climbing tape, I use Leukotape. It’s stickier than regular climbing tape. Also, Alex Megos uses it, so he must be onto something.

  • Hi Jenn, I would also recommend you add a flash board. It’s a great way to warm up and get your fingers warm. You can hang it on a tree or use your feet. Also, instead of traditional climbing tape, I use Leukotape. It’s stickier than regular climbing tape. Also, Alex Megos uses it, so he must be onto something.

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