Want to know more about the equipment used for climbing and mountaineering? Our range of advice guides are full of useful information for experienced climbers and novices alike. We cover the different types and uses of equipment, the standards they must adhere to and detail essential care and maintenance tips.
Bolts - a climbers guide
Learn how to assess the safety of bolts and lower-off's when sport climbing outside with this handy guide.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Care and Maintenance guide
This handy 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.
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Courses for indoor climbers making their first moves onto rock
Who are they for?
These courses are ideal for novice climbing club members, students, parents and individuals who may have had the odd taster of climbing outdoors and wish to gain key safety skills at an excellent price. They may also be a good precursor for people contemplating the Single Pitch Award training. You should already know how to put on a harness and belay. These courses are for people aged 18 or older.
What do the courses cover?
A variety of topics will be covered during the day as well as offering a fun taster to outdoor climbing. Topics may include:
Types of trad climbing equipment
Placing good protection
Building good belays
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