Want to know more about safety equipment for climbing and mountaineering? Our range of guides provide information and advice which should be useful to veterans and newbies alike. We cover the different types and uses of equipment, standards and essential care and maintenance tips.
Passive protection - a guide for climbers and mountaineers
Essential gear for traditional rock climbing. Everything you need to kow about nuts, micro nuts, hexentrics and camming nuts.
Download the paasive protection guide
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Harnesses - a guide for climbers and mountaineers
Fall off and dangle in comfort, whilst carrying all the kit you need by wearing the right harness. Read all about them here.
Download the harness booklet for free here
Ropes - a guide for climbers and mountaineers
Confused between half, double and twin ropes? Unsure when to retire your trusty sport rope? So were we, until we read this handy ropes guide!
FREE: download the Ropes booklet here
Helmets - a guide for climbers and mountaineers
We've come a long way since the heavy fibreglass hell of old school helmets. Help decide on the best helmet for you, and learn how to look after it and when it should be retired.
FREE: download the Helmet guide from the BMC shop
Care and Maintenance guide
This booklet discusses how to care for your climbing and mountaineering equipment, and when to throw gear away. It is made up of 11 brief chapters with key advice - such as causes of degradation and discard criteria - on the full range of technical equipment from karabiners to ascenders.
Crampons and Ice Axes
The Crampons and Ice Axes booklet looks at the range of crampons available for different types of boot, and their suitability for different mountain activities. It also discusses ice axes, and the differences between axes for walking, mountaineering and technical climbing. The booklet does not cover winter climbing or walking techniques.
BUY: the Crampons and Ice Axes booklet from the BMC shop
The Knots booklet covers all the knots you're likely to need when mountaineering and climbing, and looks at the strengths and weaknesses of each. It also gives easy-to-follow diagrams for learning to tie each knot.
FREE: download the Knots booklet
WATCH: How to check karabiners and quickdraws for damage on BMC TV
Watch this and many more gear videos on BMC TV.
Training courses with The BMC
Are you looking to learn new skills, coach or take people climbing, mountaineering or hill walking? The BMC host a wide range of courses, lectures and workshops that could suit your needs.
WATCH: FUNdamentals Workshop on BMC TV
WATCH: BMC Student Seminar on BMC TV
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