Category Archives: Tutorial

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. Advertisements

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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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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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Understanding Eddy Turns

Improving my eddy turns (Breaking out/Peel outs) is something that I have been working on for a while now.  I realised pretty early on in my boating that the low brace turn is a good technique to teach beginners, but … 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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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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Split Paddles

A “split” is a kayak paddle made of several parts – usually four, that is stored inside the boat until it’s needed. They’re there as a back up for if a kayaker breaks their main paddle, or loses it on … Continue reading

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