Is it safe to climb in the rain?

Yes, of course! As long as you have the necessary gear and do what you can to mitigate risk, you’re set to climb, rain or shine.

Now, this article isn’t about the do’s and don’ts of climbing in the rain, it’s focused on gear and gear alone. For climbing in the rain tips and tricks, we got you covered.

Rain or Shine Rock Climbing Checklist

Prep your gear bag with these necessities before you head out in a downpour:

What gear should I have to rock climb in the rain?

Any rock climbing gear for the rain needs to be both windproof and waterproof, yet easily packable and lightweight. We’ve rounded up some recommendations from our climbing crew, for you.


Rain Jackets

Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket

This rain jacket is unparalleled when it comes to moisture control.

It has three layers of H20-proof membrane so you’re guaranteed to stay dry. It’s bulkier than other contenders on this list, but the price point makes up for it.

An added plus is how sustainable Patagonia shapes its business practices. They really do go above and beyond in “greening up” their clothing options.

Buy on Backcountry.

Black Diamond Liquid Point Shell

Black Diamond’s rain jacket provides outer and inner waterproof technology.

This jacket is designed with climbers in mind, withan oversized hood that fits over most climbing helmets. The Gore-Tex exterior is perfect for any weather conditions.

Buy on Backcountry.

Decathlon Quechua MH100

If the price doesn’t attract you, check the specs on this rain jacket.

Although it won’t last you as long as the most expensive alternatives, it will do the trick for part-time use, when you need it most.

Decathlon claims its jacket is built for five inches of rainfall over two hours. It’s totally worth finding a place for this clothing staple in your pack.

Buy on Decathlon.



Rainleaf Microfiber Towel

This towel is affordable, lightweight, and an enemy to rain. Okay, kidding — but if you need to dry your face or hands before you ascend, Rainleaf’s got you covered.

This towel dries quickly and climbers claim it outperforms other climbing brand towels.

Buy on Amazon.

REI Co-Op Multi Towel Lite

REI’s Multi Towel Lite is a lightweight alternative to its heavier, but popular, climbing and hiking towel.

It comes with a handy carrying pouch so you don’t need to toss it in your bag with your gear.

It’s small but mighty; REI states the towel absorbs up to 8 times its weight in water but rings out dry.

Buy on REI.



Thermos Ultimate Series 500ml

Keep your coffee hot and your hands warm with this outdoor-proof thermos.

It’s light enough to be carried in your pack without adding too much weight, and you’ll thank yourself later when you need to thaw out.

Buy on Thermos.

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth 24 oz.

Keep your drinks warm for hours on end as you trek to the next crag.

This thermos is a favorite amongst climbers for its dual usage in keeping beverages toasty or cool.

Buy on Hydroflask.


Waterproof Backpacks

Marchway Floating Waterproof Bag

Store a change of dry clothing or a second pair of climbing shoes in this dry pack.

It’s affordable enough to be a secondary bag in a bigger rucksack, or use it as your normal daypack.

It’s intended to keep out water, so there’s not much else to it in terms of storage.

Buy on Amazon.

Vitchelo 30L Waterproof Backpack

This bag is meant for river crossing and longer backpacking trips, so it’ll do its due diligence for your rainy climbing trip.

It’s lightweight and a total beast in waterproofing. The bag is also buoyant, in case you use it for multiple purposes.

Buy on Amazon.


Staying Warm

HotHands Variety Pack

Stay warm in all conditions with HotHands warmers.

You won’t even feel them in your bag. Simply stick them in a pocket, gloves, or shoes to keep extremities warm in inclement weather.

Buy on Amazon.


Keep in mind the dangers of climbing in the rain.

It’s advised to stay off peaks in storms or where there is lightning in the nearby area.

As long as you understand the risks and climb carefully, the weather shouldn’t affect your climb too much.

Stick to overhangs or forested areas for sheltered routes.

Remember to stay warm and pack your normal gear.

Forgetting anything? Here’s a climbing checklist to be extra sure!


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