Equalising slings Building belays during traditional climbing and mountaineering will very often involve equalising slings. Most often, I use the method that involves tensioning all the strands by pulling them…
This is definitely not encouragement to resume "normal" climbing because the time is still not right.
However, this BMC article highlights the fact that there are likely to be many indoor climbers (experienced and very capable indoors) who decide that with their local indoor wall being closed, 2020 is the year to get into climbing outdoors.
That's great! But without meaning to patronise, no matter how hard you lead climb indoors, with the transition to outdoors it's a case of "you don't know what you don't know."
As an absolute bare minimum, to sports climb safely outdoors you will need to know how to thread the top anchor, something that is not required indoors. The penalty for getting it wrong doesn't bear thinking about. Something like this can be taught and practised away from the rock, using a pre-prepared 'top board', while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Others may think that they will "just top-rope" at a local crag because it's safer than leading. Yet setting up a top-rope/bottom-rope to simulate what happens in a climbing wall requires both technical knowledge and careful judgement. Again, the penalty for getting it wrong is severe. But it's also something that can be taught and practised under social distancing.
So if you think that 2020 is the year that you start climbing outdoors when lockdown eases some more, then get in touch for some coaching and tuition to start you off safely. You probably won't get a second chance if you get it wrong.
As the lockdown comes to an end in parts of the UK and many climbing walls remain shut it could mean that more people than usual are thinking about venturing outdoors to get their climbing fix. This article is aimed at giving some general advice for people who wish to make the transition.
The BMC have released their guidance on climbing and mountaineering, following the Government's revised position on 'lockdown' announced by the PM on Sunday night.
What does this mean for the individual? Well, just because you "can" (in England) doesn't mean you "should". In Wales and Scotland the law is different anyway (still no activity permitted). It's all in the attached BMC article so please read it and consider carefully if and where you go out, and what exactly you intend to do.
Does this mean it's business as usual at The Summit is Optional? No, far from it. In reality, the revised position has changed things very little. However, whereas before nothing was on the table, now a limited number of things might be on the table. Possibly. Maybe.
Furthermore, I will be adhering to whatever guidance is issued by the various professional mountaineering associations of which I am a member.
But there might now be a very small light at the end of the tunnel. So, please feel free to get in touch with a view to discussing and making plans, even if there's still some time before we are able to make these a reality.
As lockdown evolves, access to the outdoors is now changing. However, this is still different depending on which country you live in. Our key message to climbers and hill walkers is to be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and extremely vigilant in avoiding transmitting the vi...
A client and a friend of his have put this together. I generally don't get drawn into things like this, however well-intentioned they may be, but this one just seems so appropriate and relevant. It would be a massive display of respect, remembrance and unity.
Flashback to the 1980s - an expedition on the San Rafael glacier in Chile. At the time, considered to be one of the fastest moving glaciers on the planet (c. >6m per day). The ice cliffs at the snout were around 200ft high, with an estimated 1000ft of ice underneath the level of the sea. #sanrafael #sanrafaelglacier#patagonia#chile#southpatagonianicecap... See MoreSee Less