Trad Climbing

Starting Out: Your first trad lead climb on rock

Libby Peter looks at approaches to leading your first route and trying to decide if the moment is right, for you to take that first step..

 

Tips on how to Climb E1

E1 is a grade to treat with respect and for most folk it is a grade that will not happen overnight; to climb the grade gracefully it is something that should be approached with care and plenty of time. 

 

How to choose a belay device

Choosing the right belay device can be difficult for those starting out – should I get a slick or grabby one, assisted braking, asymmetrical? Jon Wilson, climbing wall manager at Calshot Activities Centre busts the jargon and gives you some tips for picking the right device for you.

 

Knots and Hitches for Climbing

Part of our Beginner's Guide series, this article runs through all you need to know about the various knots and hitches used in the climbing world.

 

10 Questions (& Answers) for your First Rock Climb Outdoors

Libby Peter highlights 10 essential tips for your first rock climb outdoors.

 

Rock Essentials: Rock Types - Dolerite

Libby Peter's Rock Essentials: Rock Types series continues with a look at the technical and footwork-requiring Dolerite - where to find it, how to climb it, how to place gear in it and it's special features and hazards.

 

Rock Essentials: Rock Types - Gritstone

From Libby Peter's Rock Essentials: Rock Types series looks at the almighty Gritstone - where to find it, how to climb it, how to place gear in it and it's special features and hazards.

 

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