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Techniques for Improving Balance

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00November 28, 2008|Climbing Fitness|

Good footwork, agility and balance are essential components in rock climbing and mountaineering. Once you have perfected these techniques, it will enable you to tackle technically difficult climbs more proficiently and with increased confidence. Understanding Balance Before you can improve your balance techniques, it’s important to understand the physiology of [...]

The Importance of Endurance Training

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00November 26, 2008|Climbing Fitness|

You need to be fit to negotiate increasingly more challenging climbs and whilst there are different kinds of training methods you can adopt to get you into peak physical condition, the main emphasis will be focused on training which is related to strength and endurance. Strength Training Strength training is [...]

Emotional and Mental Training

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00November 26, 2008|Climbing Fitness|

Whilst physical strength and endurance training will be vital for you to succeed in any climbing expedition, they will be worth nothing if you’re not mentally prepared for the task you’re about to embark upon. Pre-Climb Mental Preparation There are many factors to consider when it comes to being mentally [...]

High Altitude Fitness Training

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00September 16, 2008|Environment|

Altitude fitness training is the practice of climbers and some other endurance athletes who can spend several weeks of their training regime at altitudes of over 8,000 feet above sea level. Although acclimatisation to high altitudes is something which all ambitious climbers must get used to, ‘altitude camps’- as they [...]

What is Canyoning and How to Take Part

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00June 23, 2008|Rock Climbing|

Canyoning is gaining an increase in popularity as an outdoor adventure activity. Often referred to as ‘gorge walking’ in some parts of the world and as ‘canyoneering’ in the United States, canyoning is, in broad terms, an activity which encompasses a range of techniques used to descend gorges, ravines, mountainous [...]

Dangers of Hypothermia & Hypoxia When Climbing

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00May 19, 2008|General Safety Skills|

Any climb or walk that exposes you to extremely cold conditions can put you at risk of suffering from hypothermia or hypoxia if you’re not prepared which can be life threatening when out rock climbing or mountaineering. Hypothermia is usually categorised into three stages. Hypothermia - Stage 1 Your usual [...]

Understanding The Grading Systems Of Climbs In The UK

By |2021-05-21T14:44:53+00:00April 9, 2008|Rock Climbing|

The UK has a recognised grading system for each of its climbs in the UK. This allows you to gain a perspective on how easy or difficult a climb would be and to tackle climbs that are within your current level of ability. It also enables you to move on [...]

Climbing Strength Training & Conditioning

By |2021-05-21T14:44:54+00:00January 16, 2008|General Safety Skills|

Rock climbing is not an activity which you can truly enter into without having at least undertaken some physical conditioning training and the more serious you are about your climbing goals, the better your conditioning will need to be. The main areas of focus are strength and endurance and training [...]

Choosing the Right Climbing Helmet

By |2021-05-21T14:44:54+00:00January 15, 2008|General Safety Skills|

A proper climbing helmet is an essential piece of protective equipment that should be worn whenever you are out climbing. It will protect your head should you fall or against the impact of banging your head against a rock face. You’re also at risk from loose rocks, equipment and other [...]

Altitude Sickness – Prevention & Treatment

By |2021-05-21T14:44:54+00:00January 11, 2008|Rock Climbing|

Climbing at altitude means that the air becomes thinner and it becomes more difficult to breathe. Whilst many climbers are acclimatised to this, others can experience various degrees of altitude sickness. Prevention is always much more preferable to cure, however, and whilst there are certain ways of treating it, the [...]

Choosing and Caring for Climbing Ropes

By |2021-05-21T14:44:54+00:00March 6, 2007|Rock Climbing|

The first consideration when selecting a climbing rope is what you intend to use it for. Climbing ropes can be broken down into 3 main groups. There are dynamic mountaineering ropes which are used for arresting falls, low-stretch ropes or static ropes which are used for abseiling, ascending and rigging [...]

Downhill Techniques and Steep Climbs

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00February 7, 2007|Mountain Biking|

Unlike road cycling the one thing you can be certain of when out mountain biking is that there are sure to be sections of terrain which will be very steep. You will need to adopt certain techniques to accomplish these passages in the most efficient way and whilst going uphill [...]

Abseiling Routes and Locations

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00February 2, 2007|Great Routes & Locations|

Abseiling by its very nature, involves the process of descending from height using ropes and other equipment. Therefore, the majority of popular abseiling routes will be, by implication, the same as the most popular climbing locations as it is simply a discipline most commonly associated with rock climbing and mountaineering. [...]

Mountain Biking Routes and Locations

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00February 1, 2007|Great Routes & Locations|

Wherever there are mountains there are sure to be some fantastic bike rides to be experienced. Here are just some of those around the UK that are very popular and, given that they are all long distance routes, you have the opportunity to bike the whole route, which may take [...]

Rock Climbing Routes and Locations

By |2021-06-03T18:46:38+00:00February 1, 2007|Great Routes & Locations|

Britain is rich in the amount of fantastic climbing locations we have especially given its size. And, with it also being an island, you’re never that far away from cliffs even if there are no mountain ranges close by. The Peak District The Peak District in Derbyshire is considered by [...]

Effective Communication

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00January 31, 2007|General Safety Skills|

Effective communication skills between team members are absolutely crucial to the success of any rock climbing or mountaineering expedition but the success of the expedition or trip is not just about talking and listening. Team First Communication skills within a group and how effective they will prove to be all [...]

Hazards of Rock Slides and How to Deal With Them

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00January 31, 2007|General Safety Skills|

The risk of falling rocks is one of the most common dangers to rock climbers and mountaineers which is why it’s imperative that you wear an approved climbing helmet as a form of protection. So many people have been killed or seriously injured by falling rocks and not just by [...]

Abseiling Clothing and Equipment

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00January 31, 2007|Abseiling|

Abseiling comes in many different guises. From industrial applications to charity climbs to abseiling skills required when descending from a mountain there will be some variations in the types of clothes you’ll need to wear and in the equipment you’ll need to buy. Clothing If you’re abseiling as part of [...]

Different Climbing Techniques

By |2021-05-21T14:44:55+00:00January 31, 2007|Rock Climbing|

There are several different climbing styles and whilst some climbers master more than one technique, many others specialise in a particular climbing discipline and the skills are often quite different from one style to the next. Traditional Rock Climbing Often referred to as a ‘trad climbing’, this is the most [...]

Getting Started in Abseiling – Courses

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 29, 2007|Abseiling|

Many people’s first (and perhaps, only) experience of abseiling has often been descending down the side of a building to raise funds for some charitable event, yet there is much more to it than that and it’s an essential skill to master if you are serious about rock climbing or [...]

Coping With an Emergency Whilst Paragliding

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 29, 2007|Rock Paragliding|

Like in most adventure sports although incidents of emergencies when paragliding are rare, they do happen occasionally and it’s important to know the kinds of things that can happen and how to cope with them. Even if you’re a proficient hang glider pilot and are trying paragliding for the first [...]

Caving Routes and Locations

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 26, 2007|Great Routes & Locations|

There are many caves of different varieties dotted throughout the length and breadth of the British Isles. However most organised caving expeditions take place in areas in the UK where the rock is formed out of limestone. Although, there are areas of caving interest in parts of Scotland, Cumbria and [...]

Rock Sport and Adverse Weather Conditions

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 26, 2007|Environment|

All around the world many lives have been lost amongst those participating in rock sports, none of it down to incompetence but because of severe weather conditions people have been caught up in. The weather, as we all know, can be extremely fickle but probably nowhere more so than here [...]

Caving Safety

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 26, 2007|Caving|

The major cause of accidents that occur when caving are predominantly caused by inadequate equipment lack of training and knowledge, poor judgement, falls, being struck by falling objects and hypothermia. With regard to hypothermia, correct clothing has been covered in another article in this section. Other hazards can include getting [...]

Dangers to Consider When Abseiling

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 26, 2007|Abseiling|

Whilst abseiling is usually a very safe activity if it is conducted under supervision by a qualified instructor is performed from a structurally safe venue and the equipment is all in good working order, it can be dangerous too if proper precautions aren’t taken. Preparation Preparation is the first essential [...]

Safety Back Up Procedure whilst Abseiling

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 26, 2007|Abseiling|

The definition of abseiling (also sometimes referred to as ‘rapelling’) is “the technique that is used for descending vertical cliff faces using harnesses ropes and safety equipment”. However, the practice of abseiling has grown and expanded to a large degree over recent years and, where it was once the sole [...]

Paragliding Safety and Preventing Accidents

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 26, 2007|Rock Paragliding|

Out of all the flying sports paragliding is probably the safest of all. That said, unless it’s taken seriously and treated with respect, it can still be highly dangerous. Training and Flying Within Safe Limits As a novice to paragliding, the urge to get up in the air is possibly [...]

How to Use a Compass

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 26, 2007|Rock Hiking|

With the advancement of satellite communication and computerised technologies many hikers now carry a Global Positioning System (GPS) with them to aid them with accurate navigation. However, it is always worthwhile to have back-up knowledge and to understand how to navigate simply by using a compass. Understanding the Basic Features [...]

Choosing the Right Footwear for Climbing

By |2021-05-21T14:44:56+00:00January 26, 2007|Rock Climbing|

There are many different varieties of climbing shoes to suit many different types of climbing activity. When making a choice there are certain things you should determine first of all. Considerations When Choosing the Right Shoe Firstly, the level of your competence – are you a beginner, intermediate or an [...]

Paragliding Routes and Locations

By |2021-05-21T14:44:58+00:00January 25, 2007|Great Routes & Locations|

As the popularity of paragliding continues to increase so, too, do the number of locations around the UK you can take part in the activity. There are numerous clubs up and down the British Isles where you can participate in the activity. However, the most popular sites tend to be [...]

Minimising The Impact of Rock Sports on The Environment

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 25, 2007|Environment|

As with any outdoor adventure activity we all need to be aware of the environment and, even with the best of intentions, we are all susceptible to having a detrimental impact upon the environment often without us even realising. Therefore, it is important that we don’t take our enjoyment of [...]

Essential Items to Take on a Long Ride

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 25, 2007|Mountain Biking|

Unlike conventional touring cycling whereby you’ll often see cyclists carrying large pannier bags on the frames of their bikes mountain biking tends to be all about a culture of ‘travelling light’ in order that the bike performs over rough terrain to the peak of its capabilities. Therefore, you won’t often [...]

Getting Started – Learning to Fly a Paraglider

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 25, 2007|Rock Paragliding|

Paragliding has to be one of the most exhilarating outdoor adventure sports you can participate in. If you’re ever travelling in an area which is full of mountains cliffs or steep hills, you’ll have probably gazed up in awe at the sky above having spotted a paraglider in action and [...]

How to Get Started in Climbing

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 25, 2007|Rock Climbing|

Climbing as a sporting discipline can take on many guises. From low-level bouldering where belays and ropes aren’t needed and the climber can simply jump back down to the ground to full-scale mountain expeditions at high altitude - climbing can be as dangerous and tough both mentally and physically, as [...]

Other Equipment Needed for Rock Climbing

By |2021-05-21T14:44:57+00:00January 25, 2007|Rock Climbing|

There is a vast choice of equipment and kit that is used when rock climbing. What you’ll purchase will depend on the types of activity you undertake and the kinds of location you visit. Equipment Will Vary Between Disciplines In addition to ropes and climbing shoes which we’ve talked about [...]

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