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Here are a bunch of tips on everything from fixing your thermarest using your tongue to stopping your helmet glissading down a mountain. Written by some folks who’ve put them to good use.
The Sliding X or Magic X has been around for years and is suggested in many books, including How To Rock Climb by John Long, but I’m always surprised by how little I see it being used when I’m out climbing.
Staying in Yosemite Valley can come as a shock to people who are used to wilderness camping and if you break the rules, by mistake or on purpose you’ll be on thin ice. Here’s a few facts and tips to help you stay on the right side of the rangers.
A close friend of mine is a carpenter and has always used the saying “Measure twice, cut once” to ensure he doesn’t make stupid mistakes. The same idea can be used when you’re navigating in the hills. “Check twice, walk once”. Obvious I know, but I can’t count the times…
Bounce testing your aid gear is an essential and sometimes terrifying part of aid climbing. Here’s a couple of tips to remember.
This is a useful phrase to remember when buying your kit for your next adventure.
Getting used to carrying a heavy pack is essential if you’re off on any multi-day trip into the mountains, but it’s not much use if you injure yourself before you’ve even left.
Training for altitude the Kyrgyzstani way In the west we are relatively new to the art of climbing at altitude and much can be learnt by studying tribes who have been living and working at altitude for thousands of years.
We all know ice axes are sharp and normally this is of benefit to the climber. However when your axe is attached to your wrist by a leash care needs to be taken when gesticulating.
Sometimes screwgate karabiners get stuck and they can be stubborn little buggers to release.
Almost everyone racks whole or half sets of nuts on a snapgate karabiner, but choosing the right ‘biner for the job is essential.
Keeping hold of your helmet when it’s not on your head.
Waking up on a flat thermarest is never nice, and the most minute of punctures can turn your trip into misery.
It’s pretty essential to keep your crampons in some kind of bag in order to keep those shiny, honed points away from your lovely and expensive new rucksack.
Seven ways to avoid problems when climbing.
Here are the Tips.
Cutting without a proper hot knife can be a real pain, as the sheath and strands of core usually make a bid for freedom in a messy fashion. Carefully measure the rope or cord and mark the point at which you want to cut it by wrapping a piece of…