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Tips for Storing Climbing Gear in the Garage

Tips for Storing Climbing Gear in the Garage
By Flow Wall
August 11, 2021

Fortunately, there are plenty of approachable climbing gear storage systems that can take your space from scary to serene. So let’s get you out there in that cool mountain air, working up a sweat and enjoying that fresh pine scent no car freshener can recreate.

Follow these tips to learn how to organize climbing gear like a pro (yep, even if you’re a total novice).

How to Store Climbing Gear

Before we dive into the specifics of how to organize climbing gear, let’s cover the basics.

Don’t believe what those cocky climbing dudes tell you: There isn’t one “right” way to store your gear. However, there are a few rules of thumb. Prolong the life of your climbing gear by storing it in a place that is: 

  • Clean

  • Dry

  • Away from direct sunlight

Also, remember that some climbing gear (like ropes and harnesses) isn’t meant to last forever—you’ll want to switch out your gear as it wears out. Consider keeping old gear in another storage bin to use for other purposes. (Why not get your Martha Stewart on and turn your ropes into a doormat or dog toy?)

Finally, you may want to keep one bin of climbing “extras” ready to go at any time. Think first aid kit, shelf-stable snacks, water bottles, and a blanket. This will make it easier to pack up and go whenever you’re ready for a climbing adventure.

Climbing Gear Storage Ideas

As long as you’re keeping climbing gear clean, dry, and out of the sun, there are plenty of ways to customize your storage solution. Here are our favorite ideas.

1. Customized Wall Panel

Wall panels offer the ultimate customization, allowing you to install bins and hooks right where you need them. Make your wall panel as wide and as tall as you need it to be, then load it up so you have easy access to ropes, harnesses, carabiners, and more.

2. Peg Board

Like the wall panel, a peg board is a great way to affordably create a custom climbing gear storage rack. This popular option allows you to place pegs wherever you want them. Load up the pegs with your belay device, chalk bag, etc.

3. Shoe Rack

Are you the proud owner of a climbing shoe collection? If so, a simple wall panel or peg board alone may not cut it. It’s time to bring on the big guns. A standard shoe rack is a practical way to store climbing shoes. Place it right beneath your wall storage for a climbing gear HQ that’ll give you butterflies.

4. Wall Cabinets

If you love the idea of keeping all your climbing gear concealed, wall cabinets may be the best route. Wall cabinets come in a wide range of styles, so you can choose the number of drawers and cabinets to perfectly fit your collection. Add clear bins and drawer organizers to make it even easier to know where everything is.

5. Overhead Hanging Rod

Short on wall space? Don’t fret! A simple wooden rod will do the trick just fine. Install the rod overhead to save space and keep your harnesses, ropes, and carabiners accessible. You can even hook helmets and shoes to the rod to keep all of your gear together in one streamlined solution.

Create Your Climbing Gear Storage Solution with Flow Wall

Implementing these tips will allow you to enjoy your climbing gear to the fullest. So what are you waiting for? Check out Flow Wall to find the perfect storage solution for your harness, ropes, helmets, and more. With a wide range of cabinets, wall storage, hooks, and bins, you’ll find everything you need for climbing is easy to grab any time the urge strikes.