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SKILLS

Essential alpine know-how

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08/06/2016

Heading for the Alps this summer? Whether you’re a novice taking your first tentative steps on foreign snow and ice, a trekker planning a hut-to-hut walk, or a seasoned alpinist hoping to add to your collection of summits, we’ve got loads of essential skills and equipment advice for you right here on the BMC website.
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GEAR

Black Diamond announce quality audit following further product recalls

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20/04/2016

Black Diamond have issued a recall for inspection for a number of products including Camalots, and have also announced a major quality audit of their production facilities and systems.
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SKILLS

Get into via ferrata: the moves

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23/07/2015

You’ve got the right gear and a bit of background knowledge – but how do you actually go about tackling via ferrata? In this, the third and final article in our series, Ian Fenton and Dan Middleton offer up their top tips.
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SKILLS

Get into via ferrata: the gear

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16/07/2015

The winning combination of new “iron ways” being put up across the Alpine regions, and modern equipment means that more people are having a go at via ferrata each year. In the second part of this series, we look at the gear you’ll need to get started.
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SKILLS

Get into via ferrata: the basics

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09/07/2015

Historically, via ferrata have been often underrated and misunderstood – but hill folk are beginning to wake up to just how much fun this sidelined sport can be. Ian Fenton and Dan Middleton look at what you need to know to get some ironing done this summer.
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GEAR

More via ferrata sets are recalled

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26/02/2013

Following the mass recall of via ferrata sets by a number of different manufacturers last year, further testing has resulted in another round of recalls. This time, owners of rope/brake plate style lanyards are affected.
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GEAR

UIAA issues warning over via ferrata sets

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17/09/2012

At an emergency meeting, the UIAA Safety Commission has recommended anyone with a via ferrata set checks on the website of its manufacturer to see if it is the subject of a recall notice. Several manufacturers have initiated safety recalls in the last few weeks.
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GEAR

Via ferrata sets: Edelrid issue safety recall

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21/08/2012

Following a fatal accident involving a rented via ferrata set, Edelrid have issued a precautionary recall of a number of via ferrata sets. Testing has found that with intensive usage the performance of the recalled sets may not meet the relevant safety standards.
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GEAR

Tech Skills: Via Ferrata equipment

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03/09/2007

Climbing Via Ferratas is exciting, challenging and popular. The winning combination of new “iron ways” being put up across the Alpine regions, and safe, modern equipment means that more people are having a go each year. But don’t be fooled by appearances - you still need to know what you’re doing and have the right equipment for the job.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Sweet sensations

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22/05/2005

James Ellson on a solo sugar rush in the Dolomites.
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