Essential climbing wall know-how

Posted by Tony Ryan on 11/11/2015
Find everything you need to know to make the most of your local climbing wall

Planning to spend lots of time at the climbing wall this winter? Whether you’re a complete novice who’s just discovered the world of walls, a dedicated trainer looking to move up the grades, or a social climber planning a fun night in, we’ve got loads of essential skills and equipment advice for you right here on the BMC website.

To help you make the most of your indoor sessions, we've collected our most useful climbing wall-related articles here in one convenient place; from a video showing you how to put a harness on, to our latest guide on ropes, and tips for starting training.

So make sure you’re ready for a winter on the wall by reading the information and advice in the following articles:

The Basics

Find a climbing wall 
How to start indoor climbing 
The basics: climbing indoors 
Climbing lingo: how to talk the talk 
Get into Climbing: new special edition magazine for beginners 
Becoming a mother and a climber

Clothing & Equipment

What gear do you need to climb indoors? 
Climbing shoes: is pain insane? 
Harnesses for climbers and mountaineers 
Belay and abseil devices for climbing 
Climbing helmets 
Ropes: a new guide for climbers and mountaineers 
Karabiners and connectors for climbers 
Quickdraws: a guide for climbers

Skills & Hazards   

Belaying: pay attention!
Belaying & Abseiling leaflet
Tech skills: why wear a helmet 
Film: Climbing movement
Film: Climbing steep rock
Climb skills: how to start training 
Growing pains: training young climbers 
Climb skills: how to fingerboard  
Campus boards: guidance on use
Blood on holds: health risk to climbers? 
Climbing Wall Award

Videos (on BMC TV)

How to put a harness on
How to attach the rope to your harness
How to belay at the climbing wall
How to use belay glasses
Simple movement on rock
Climbing steep rock

DVDs, Books and Belay Glasses
(from the BMC online shop)

Climbing Wall Essentials DVD
Get into Climbing
BMC Climbing Training Diary
Climbing Games
Climbing Wall Leading
Climbing for All: Disability Awareness in Rock Climbing
Indoor Climbing
Conditioning for Climbing
Vertical Mind
Belay Glasses

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