Leading Indoors

Climbing walls provide facilities that can allow you to get a taste of leading climbs. Don't be fooled though there is a big difference between leading indoors and outdoors, even on sport routes. Leading routes on an indoor wall will give you the thrill of moving above protection, and trusting your partner's belaying. The relaxed and sociable atmosphere makes the whole thing seem very cosy and safe, so much so that accidents in climbing walls are often due to poorly positioned belayers or...

Working Together

There are over 20 000 people throughout Britain and Ireland holding climbing and mountaineering leadership qualifications. Some are professionals but many are leaders working in a voluntary capacity, or individuals wanting skills they can use when climbing or walking. In 1964 the Mountain Leader Training Board was established by the BMC and the Central Council for Physical Recreation to train mountain leaders. Over the years Mountain Leader Training has changed in structure, and there are now...

Sport Climbing

Mltuk Pics

Most of the techniques described above will stand you in good stead for sport climbs. On sport climbs no one is responsible for maintaining fixed protection, and even though bolt failure is extremely rare it can happen. There is also the possibility of rock fall or holds snapping, and taking a fall on any climb can result in injury. The tops of most sport climbs have two belay bolts to lower off from. Sometimes they are linked with a chain, which should be checked for corrosion, but in Britain...

Traditional Climbing

Lowering Off Sport Climbing

Britain is a small island with no glaciated terrain and famous for its wet climate So how come it continues to produce world-class rock climbers and alpine mountaineers Well it is not called the home of adventure climbing for nothing. Our crags, mountains and sea cliffs are easily accessible, and the more you climb our changeable weather simply becomes another factor to take into account. Traditional trad climbing in which the leader places protection as they climb is alive and well, and the...

Abseiling

Mountain Climbing Equipments Comando

Half way up a long mountain route the heavens open halting your progress. How do you get out of this one If you intend to progress beyond very simple crags you will need to learn how to abseil safely and efficiently. Climbers regard abseiling as a mundane but potentially dangerous task, observing with wry amusement that it is presented as a glamorous activity in some quarters. Abseiling has caused more fatalities than any other mountaineering activity. Abseiling involves descending rope s using...

Bouldering

Spotten Bouldern

Source North Wales Bouldering, Simon Panton while they look the same, they are very different. Sometimes they might have Fb, Font or bloc French for boulder in front of them, but not always. There is also the American V system, which is much simpler as it runs from V0, V1, V2 to V15. There is also the B system, which is much like the V system. Like sport grades, boulder grades account for technicality, pumpiness or power, although problems that are very high up sometimes have slightly higher...

Grades

Routes on indoor walls are graded using sport grades. However there is no like for like comparison to be made with an outdoor route of the same grade as an indoor one. This is because outdoor climbing relies on many more skills than indoor climbing. Indoor climbing tends to be on steep ground with positive holds, all coloured and set out in order, and as such, tends to rely a lot on strength. Outdoor climbing requires the ability to recognise holds, read sequences and involves more friction...