Whether you’re planning on climbing sport, trad, or doing some bouldering. Heading out for one night or a dozen. Plotting course to Indian Creek, Joshua Tree, Horse Pens 40, or the Red River Gorge… chances are you’ll be doing a few overnight climbing trips this season.
Here are a few stellar pieces of camping gear that can make your next overnight trip more comfortable, so you can relax after a hard day of projecting and be ready to crush again in the morning.
A pack towel always comes in handy when camping, and the UltraLite Towel is as good as they come. Ranging in size from “Beach” (36” x 59”) down to “Face” (10” x 14”), the UltraLite weighs in at a max of 5.1 oz. The absorbent microfiber soaks up to 4x its weight in water and dries 80% faster than comparable cotton towels. Whether you’re drying off after a dip in a stream, cleaning gear and dishes, or simply wrapping it around yourself to change clothes in the open, the UltraLite is a solid buy.
This portable camp shower pressurizes via a foot pump (no gravity required!) and provides up to 7 minutes of strong, steady spray that is perfect for rinsing off after a sweaty day on the wall. The seven-foot hose makes it easy to hold overhead for a shower, with the Helio resting securely on the ground the entire time.
The Air Core Ultra is an extremely affordable summer mattress that doesn’t skimp on comfort. This sleeping pad is 3.25 inches thick, with slightly raised outer chambers to keep you nestled securely in the middle of the pad all night long. An upcycled inflation sack makes setup a breeze, and the micro-adjustments offered by the valve make it easy to fine-tune the Air Core Ultra’s firmness for the perfect snooze.
There’s nothing worse than getting back from a hard day on the wall and eating your dinner squatting on the ground or perched on a knobby rock. Quick setup, a deep bucket seat, and an 18-inch raised height means the Big Six Camp Chair brings the comfort of your back porch out to the crag.
BioLite’s CampStove 2+ is the second iteration of the one-of-a-kind camping stove with the ability to turn organic fuel (sticks, bark, etc.) into both a heat source and electricity. With this compact, two-pound stove you can cook meals or boil water and charge your electronics via USB at the same time—no gas canisters required.
The waterproof, dustproof Storm 375 is the powerhouse of BD’s headlamp line, with a max distance of 100 meters and a max burn time of 150 hours. PowerTap Technology lets you set the Storm 375 to full power with the touch of a finger, while three different hues of night vision and a peripheral white-light setting for close-range make this a headlamp for all occasions.
Access to clean water is a must in the backcountry. At only 8oz and with an output of one liter per minute, the Hiker Pro is one of the best all-around backcountry filtration systems available, not to mention one of the most versatile and packable.
While the ENO Profly XL Tarp is designed to cover a hammock, this author has used his for all occasions. It’s a compact, easy-to-set-up tarp that works well as a shelter, rain cover, or shade. Six adjustable guy lines make it easy to put up this tarp in a manner that provides maximum coverage, and a 2 lb 2 oz weight makes it a cinch to pack in.
When you’re on a climbing camping trip, the focus should be on the rock. It doesn’t matter how strong you climb, no one can project hard routes during the day if they’re coming back to an uncomfortable, barebones campsite every night. Give yourself the ability to push your limits on the wall by making sure you’re not having to push them at your campsite.
From camp showers to chairs to stoves, sleeping mats, headlamps, and more, Outdoor Gear Exchange offers all the camping gear and accessories you need to make your next overnight climbing trip a success.