Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

Rock Climbing Technique: The Practical Guide To Movement Mastery

I started working with John Kettle several years ago, and more recently I have benefitted from some coaching sessions with him. He has totally changed the way that I think about climbing movement. Decades of bad climbing habits have been corrected, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks. I now move better and climb smarter. John’s book is deceptively simple, and very easy to understand, and I am proof that following his advice can transform your climbing In this post we chat to John about the book, and find out the thinking behind it.

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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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What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

What’s On My Climbing Rack And Why?

My climbing rack is one of my basic tools of the trade. Every piece of gear on it has been used many times and is very familiar to me. What I actually select for my rack on a day out depends on the rock type and grades of the routes I am expecting to climb. When on granite or gritstone I carry more cams, and sometimes doubles of common sizes like 1 and 2. When on slate or harder Lake District routes on rhyolite I take more small wires. Here’s a summary of anything I might carry, and why.

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Rope Skills & Rescues #4: Tape Hoist

Rope Skills & Rescues #4: Tape Hoist

The first post in this series showed how to escape the system, the second explained how to pass a knot, and the third was all about in-the-system hoists. This fourth post is about a simple tape hoist for whenever you need to free up a loaded knot or if you have something jammed under load - your 'get out of jail free' card. You can use this whether you are in the system or out of the system.

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