How To Avoid The Most Common Climbing Injury  

How To Avoid The Most Common Climbing Injury   

 Several years ago whilst running a climbing wall session as part of a Single Pitch Award assessment course, I got on the wall to demo a move and pop!! Everyone in the room heard it. I was properly warmed up, the hold I was pulling on wasn’t tiny, my feet didn’t slip – but I had definitely damaged a flexor pulley in one of my fingers. Pulley injuries are the most common finger injury in climbers, and A2 pulley injuries most common. Here’s an overview of pulley injuries, how to avoid them, and what to do if it happens to you.

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A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

A Personal Journey from Mountain Leader to International Mountain Leader

Kelvyn James is an International Mountain Leader, and he is the current Chair of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, the Mountain Training Association Lake District rep and the former Development Officer for the Association of British Climbing Walls. He lives in Cumbria, runs his own business, Mountain Services, and he is on our team of freelance instructors. He has featured in our My Story blog series.

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Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Managing Risk in the Mountains #2: Heuristics & Mind Sets

Even though people are capable of making decisions in a thorough and methodical way, it appears that most of the time they don't. A growing body of research suggests that people unconsciously use simple rules of thumb or heuristics to navigate the routine complexities of modem life.” In our homes and work places that may not be a problem, but when we take that mindset out into the mountains where the variables can change so quickly, we can find ourselves in serious trouble. 

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How To Kit Yourself Out For Winter In The Mountains

How To Kit Yourself Out For Winter In The Mountains

It’s the beginning of October and the days are getting shorter, so not long now until the first wintery weather in the mountains. It’s the perfect time to dust off your winter kit, make sure it is fit for purpose and maybe treat yourself to something new and shiny. But – and we’ve talked about this before – the vast array of kit to choose from can be bewildering, so here’s a few tips.

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