When I go climbing with my friends we camp and car pool to keep costs down. This approach works well for everyone but has a downfall. The downfall is the amount of space available for camping gear once the climbing gear and boulder mats and essential camping gear like tents have been packed. Most of the time comfort items like camping seats are left behind. For a short weekend no seat is fine, but for a longer outing a seat makes a big difference.
I am unfortunately still struggling with a neurological problem that has greatly affected how much I am capable of doing. I refuse to sit on the side line so we have learnt how to cater for my condition out at the crag. To cater for my condition we have had to purchase two new pieces of equipment. I now make use of walking poles and a compact fold away seat.
The star of the show has been the seat. I have been amazed at how well the little £18 seat we purchased has handled. I am 6’3” and weigh 96kgs and take this little seat everywhere. I have used it for hrs on end in many different locations and terrain and it has performed brilliantly.
The initial idea was to purchase a cheap light seat that I could use on a climbing trip to Spain and if it broke, well we only wasted £18. In reality it has been a brilliant purchase. The quality of the seat is actually good and is a lot stronger and more comfortable than I thought it would be. It is easy to assemble and folds into a small case that fits nicely into my climbing pack. The case also has many loops to fix the seat to your pack with a carabiner or two if you don’t have space in your pack.
I can only vouch for the seat we purchased which is made by OUTAD, but looking around there are many different options out there. A couple of different options I have found are below.
In summary the cost of one of these small compact seats is negligible and will provide a little comfort at the camp site after a long day’s climbing. I highly recommend getting a similar seat. I am sure you will find as found that it is of great use and that many other people have started taking a little comfort to the crag.