Category Archives: Gear

More Comfortable Portaging

I’m a big fan of Pyranha kayaks – the hull shapes and outfitting just seem to suit me and my style of paddling. However, one thing that I’ve noticed is that they can be pretty painful to carry long distances … Continue reading

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Rescue For River Runners

A bit of a re-blog here from Unsponsored¬†on river rescue techniques. There is a brilliant series of videos on throw-bagging, live-baiting, mechanical advantage and much more to be found over at: I’m impressed that someone has taken the time … Continue reading

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Buying a Throwline

I’ve had a few people ask me what to look for when buying a new line, so thought I’d put some pointers up here.

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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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Staying warm on the water

Last weekends icey paddling session was enough to convince me that the playboating season is over. Or is it? Read Eric Jackson’s thoughts on cold weather kayaking here: Stay toasty in winter

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