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Prussiking Up A Rope

Following the recent articles around crevasse rescue and snow belays, I wanted to finish up by outlining a standard technique…

23rd February 2021
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Refreshing your Crevasse Rescue and Snow Belay Knowledge - Part 3

Taking a look at the complexities of setting up an assisted hoist, in a crevasse rescue situation.

17th February 2021
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Refreshing your Crevasse Rescue and Snow Belay Knowledge - Part 2

Taking a look at the complexities of setting up a simple pulley sytem in a crevasse rescue situation.

14th February 2021
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Refreshing your Crevasse Rescue and Snow Belay Knowledge - Part 1

A chance to refresh and to reflect on the complexities of building snow anchors in a crevasse rescue situation.

11th February 2021
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Avalanche Categories

Taking a general look at the avalanche catagories and avalanche size ratings.

3rd February 2021
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Dean Honister

Winter Climbing Grades

Adrian Nelhams sheds some light on the Scottish winter, mixed and water ice grading systems.

2nd February 2021
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Alpine Grades

Alpine grades, and taking a look at the complexities of grading an alpine route

1st February 2021
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Summer Climbing Grade Comparisons

A brief explanation of the main climbing grades used in the UK

22nd January 2021
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Helping you plan your Alpine Goals

Give thought to the level of experience and ability you have now. Choose an ISM course or alpine summit that…

9th December 2020
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Planning for the winter

Autumn marks a season of change. The darker nights’ drawing in allow us to reflect on our past climbing season.

15th October 2020
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On-sighting - Tips and Techniques

Verb - To climb a route that you’ve not climbed before, leading it from bottom to top without resting or…

3rd May 2020
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Red-Pointing - Tips and techniques

Verb - To climb a route from bottom to top cleanly without any artificial rests such as sitting on the…

3rd May 2020
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