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SKILLS

Scrambling skills: protecting a scramble

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16/06/2015

Scrambling is sometimes described as the middle ground between walking and climbing - and for the higher grades in particular, you’ll need some basic climbing skills. Here's our guide to staying safe on the rock.
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Ropes: a new guide for climbers and mountaineers

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15/08/2014

Ever been tied up in knots figuring out the difference between a twin rope and a half rope? Well, help is at hand: everything you need to know about the various types of rope and cord can be found in our handy, free guide.
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Are ropes about to get thicker again?

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08/11/2012

Lyon Equipment has been showing the BMC's Dan Middleton the latest developments in ropes at a recent seminar held at their impressive new facilities at Tebay in Cumbria. Dan joined other experts for a series of presentations and demonstrations from the Lyon team and rope manufacturer Beal.
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Wild Country Ropeman 3: recall notice

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30/10/2012

Yesterday, Wild Country issued a voluntary recall for their Ropeman 3 ascender. If you possess a Ropeman 3, then you should stop using it immediately and return it to your retailer or, if this is not possible, to your local distributor.
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ACCESS & CONSERVATION

Rope recycling pilot underway

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07/06/2012

A few months ago sustainability expert Dan Firth approached the BMC with his idea for a new enterprise recycling climbing gear and in particular old rope. We thought his plans showed potential, and so we’ve been backing his efforts to research his business plan. Now the project is going live.
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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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Ropes don't like acid

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30/10/2009

Climbing ropes fail very rarely, but when they do it's usually down to either breaking over a sharp edge, or damage from acidic chemicals.
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Video: Bolt hanger damage to karabiners

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17/07/2009

This video, made in the 90's, explains how bolt hangers can damage karabiners. The sharp edges left on karabiners can cause serious damage to ropes. For this reason, never use your bolt clipping 'biners to clip into the rope.
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Video: Abrasion damage to ropes

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14/01/2009

Ropes very rarely break, but they can be very badly damaged by abrasion over an edge. This video recreates an incident where the sheath on a rope was severed after lowering off a climber from a gritstone route.
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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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