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GEAR

Safety alert for Fixe lower-offs: updated

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02/11/2018

The DAV (German Alpine Club) have issued a safety alert for lower-off units from manufacturer Fixe, some of which have been reported to fail by cracking of one of the chain links. These units are primarily designed for use at indoor walls, but are also sometimes installed outside with the hangers mounted onto expansion bolts to provide an outdoor lower-off.
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SKILLS

Belaying: pay attention!

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02/07/2015

Colin Struthers reckons you have a bad attitude.
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GEAR

Belay and abseil devices for climbing

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27/08/2014

A belay device is often the first hardware purchased by the eager new climber. It allows you to hold a falling partner, lower them safely and even abseil if required. Find out about the different kinds of devices.
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SKILLS

Tech skills: spot a bad bolt

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14/12/2011

You're cranking it out, going for the onsight. But what's in the rock, stopping you from hitting the deck? The UK has an assortment of bolts; from old to new, hand-made to manufactured. Can you tell the difference?
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GEAR

Petzl GriGri 2: Recall for replacement

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21/08/2011

The UK distributor for Petzl, Lyon Equipment, have announced a recall for replacement of some GriGri 2 belay devices. A specific range of batch numbers are affected; users are requested to check their devices and to follow the return procedure where necessary.
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SKILLS

Belaying & Abseiling leaflet

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27/06/2011

The new edition of the BMC's belaying and abseiling leaflet has some important changes.
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GEAR

Belay devices

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28/01/2009

Concerns have been expressed within the BMC’s Technical and Training groups that misuse and inappropriate use of belaying devices is becoming a major factor in accidents and near misses both indoors and out.
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SKILLS

New belaying film

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11/08/2007

The third in our series of safety & skills web films covers belaying.
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SKILLS

Film: Belaying

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10/08/2007

Belaying is a complex skill, requiring practice and experience to become competent. Inattentive belaying is the cause of many climbing accidents, and mistakes can result in serious injuries for climber, belayer or both.
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GEAR

Climb skills: Ropes & belay devices

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05/03/2006

Like many climbers I’m a jack-of-all-trades. I climb trad, sport, big walls, winter routes, boulders and plastic. I own half and single ropes ranging from 8mm to 10.5mm, and a selection of belay devices to suit. Currently a Reverso, Reversino and GriGri fight for space in the bag.
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