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Bolts advice guides

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Bolts advice guides

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04/03/2021

Our bolts advice guides come in two parts. Part one is aimed at the climber, in particular those who have learnt to climb indoors and are making the transition outside. It covers the need to know information to help assess the safety of an outdoor sport climb. Part two is newly published and is a guide to current good practice for choosing and installing bolts, covering all of the important issues which must be addressed in order to do this competently and with the correct equipment.
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Call to check avalanche transceivers - updated advice

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04/03/2021

A potential issue has been identified with the switches on Black Diamond/PIEPS DSP Pro and DSP Sport models of avalanche transceivers. Newly updated advice and action has been issued by the manufacturer, in the form of a product correction service in the form of a replacement hard case for the transceiver.
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Behind the scenes: equipment

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08/10/2019

Continuing our series of articles about the work of volunteer-led BMC specialist committees, we highlight the work of the Technical Committee, which works with manufacturers and other partners to provide unbiased advice on safety equipment for climbing and mountaineering.
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Camp Energy harness update

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27/03/2019

The European Commission recently announced a safety alert for the Camp Energy harness through their rapid alert website. This alert has been cancelled and the product is not subject to a recall having been shown to pass all the required standards.
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Safety alert for Fixe lower-offs: updated

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02/11/2018

The DAV (German Alpine Club) have issued a safety alert for lower-off units from manufacturer Fixe, some of which have been reported to fail by cracking of one of the chain links. These units are primarily designed for use at indoor walls, but are also sometimes installed outside with the hangers mounted onto expansion bolts to provide an outdoor lower-off.
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BMC technical advice booklets

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12/10/2018

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.
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A guide to passive protection

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15/12/2017

Passive protection forms a key component in the equipment used by the traditional rock climber, the alpinist and the winter climber. If you'd like to find out more about nuts, hexentrics and the other varieties of passive protection on offer, then read on and download our free, handy guide.
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LATEST GEAR VIDEOS

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Deadly quickdraws

25/07/2013

Avoid dangerous quickdraw combinations using open slings and rubber keepers. This video highlights the issues, read the full article here: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/deadly-quickdraws-open-sling-rubber-band-accident?s=2
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Caring for equipment

23/01/2013

Taken from the BMC Rock Essentials DVD, this film explains the basic steps needed to make sure that your climbing gear such rope, harness and helmet is safe to use. It shows some useful tips on how and when to check your gear, when to retire it, and where to get more information from manufacturers. More on the Rock Essentials DVD here: thebmc.co.uk/rock-climbing-essentials-dvd?s=2
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Dan Middleton: testing to destruction at Kendal

23/11/2012

How strong is your climbing equipment? Witness the destruction as the BMC's Technical and Safety Officer Dan Middleton takes his sling-breaker roadshow to the Kendal Film Festival
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