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What types of climbing are there?

There are quite a few types of climbing out there and sometimes it can be a bit confusing trying to understand it all. Hopefully this will explain some of it for you. Indoor bouldering: plastic holds are put on the walls. People climb without ropes or harnesses. It’s just your shoes, chalk and a mat to land on. Grades vary between bouldering walls (they’ll have different colours for different grades routes - either tags on the starting holds or will use different coloured holds) uses grades VB - V15. Outdoor ... read more

Sea Cliff Climbing

Most of us have now finished for the summer and will be heading out for some well-deserved climbing. UKC and the BMC have made some blogs about sea cliff climbing. Here’s my summary of them and a lovely picture of Rob from our trip in Gower back in November: Check the Regional Access Database (RAD - ) to see if there are restrictions to where you can climb - to protect wildlife etc. also try not to destroy too much vegetation when climbing Check the weather forecast Check the ... read more

Equalising Anchor points and building abseils

Equalising anchor points There are a million (well maybe not a million) ways to build trad anchors for every occasion, whether it’s to set up a belay or for abseiling. The aim of this article is to introduce a few different methods. Firstly equalising two pieces of gear. The video below shows a nice tidy way of doing so with two anchor points, however this can also be extended to 3 anchor points whereby you do an overhand across both “v-shapes” you’ve constructed. Video on equalising anchors: However ... read more

Tying Prusiks and Abseiling

Abseiling is an important skill to have, especially as you need to be able to abseil when going sea cliff climbing as getting to the crag requires abbing in. Abseiling requires a piece of prusik cord (usually of diameter 4-5mm) of length approximately 1.2-1.5m. Usually you can purchase prusik cord in bulk (i.e. you chose the length you want to purchase) and you can then cut it yourself. This is best done by keeping the bit you want to cut really stiff and wrapping a bit of tape around it ... read more

Freshers' Meets - What to Expect

If you fancy getting into outdoor climbing, going on a Freshers' Meet is by far the best thing you can do! What makes them different to our regular weekends? These meets are all about our new members. We'll pair you up with some of our experienced members and we focus on giving you guys the best introduction to outdoor climbing you can get. We'll be staying on the edge of the Peak District, and head into the National Park to climb at some of the premier UK climbing crags, including ... read more