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SKILLS

Alpine skills: 6 tips for multipitch abseiling

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07/09/2017

You've completed your climb and you're several pitches above the valley floor.Time to abseil. Mike Margeson provides some valuable tips on how to get down in one piece, and recalls a couple of near misses.
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Tech skills: how to choose a stove

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12/08/2014

Whether melting Himalayan snow or cooking a gourmet meal in Snowdonia, make sure your stove is a roaring success.
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GEAR

Tech skills: gear for alpine rock

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20/06/2014

The meteo says “beau temps” for the next few days, and the sun is shining. You’re psyched and ready to leave the campsite to get your teeth into some real alpine rock. But in the alpine playground speed is king, so make sure you’re travelling light with the right kit.
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Tech skills: how to be good to your boots

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25/01/2014

Kitting yourself out with good-quality footwear for hill walking and mountaineering can dent your credit card. But, whilst the price tag may sting, with a little loving care and attention your boots should keep your feet happy for years to come – whether you’re exploring the Pembrokeshire coastal path or stumbling down Ben Nevis.
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SKILLS

Tech skills: why wear a helmet

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21/06/2013

Head hurting wondering whether to wear a helmet? Stay ahead of the game and make the decision based on the risks to you.
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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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Tech skills: how to choose a sleeping bag

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13/12/2011

It's trendy to go fast and light, but many adventures still demand overnight stays in the mountains. Whether you're bagging winter Munros or big walling in Yosemite, choosing the right bag will make the difference between snoozing and shivering.
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Tech skills: abseil stations

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02/06/2008

What goes up must come down. And for longer routes this often involves using fixed abseil points - or ‘stations’. A familiar sight on alpine routes, their safe use is an essential alpine skill.
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Tech skills: Should I wear a helmet?

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02/04/2008

BMC Technical Officer Dan Middleton takes a look at the reasons not to wear a climbing helmet.
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Tech skills: caring for waterproofs

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08/01/2008

Bring together two outdoor enthusiasts and within minutes they’ll be talking about gear - the newer and shinier the better. Strangely though, care and maintenance of equipment is less often a topic for discussion. It’s obviously just not shiny enough.
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