Category Archives: Climbing

Caring For Climbing Equipment

The BMC have released a video on caring for climbing gear that shows how to inspect kit for damage, when to retire it and how it should be maintained. Well worth a watch before the UK trad climbing season kicks … Continue reading

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Basic Climbing Rack (Single Pitch)

Traditional climbing involves placing gear for protection in the event of a fall. The leader places gear whilst climbing, before belaying up the second, who removes the gear on their way up. Obviously, this requires more equipment then that used … Continue reading

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Feeling The Chill?

It’s pretty cold in the UK at the minute ( -2 degrees Celcius in Leicester today). But what’s it like to be really cold? Ever wondered what people wear on ice climbing trips at -20? Introducing Vertical Japan. James was … Continue reading

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Belay Stakes

You often find metal belay stakes at crags that have poor belays at the top. These can be used for building a belay when topping out from a climb, or as top rope anchors.

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Out of screwgates?

Here’s a quick tip that’s handy to know for when you run out of screwgate karabiners on a route.

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Stuck Cams…

I’ve spent a lot of time climbing recently and have seen a lot of gear left in the rock. In the last fortnight I’ve found well over 20 cams left behind by previous climbers. Usually if you find a cam, … Continue reading

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SPA Assessment…

A friend of mine asked me to introduce him to trad climbing, before moving out to Japan to study for his masters. Naturally, a whistle-stop tour of the UK’s finest climbing was needed, from the gritstone edges of the Peak, … Continue reading

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