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:
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
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
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 Wall Leading
Climbing for All: Disability Awareness in Rock Climbing
Conditioning for Climbing
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Access to BMC Travel Insurance
Register for Mountain Training award schemes
£10m worldwide Combined Liability insurance
£10,000 Personal Accident insurance
Discounted entry to many competitions
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