Browsing Archive: November, 2018

Climbing in the Winter Months

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, In : Top Tips 

A winter approaches the air cools, the sun sets early and the rock can be cold and wet; you could be forgiven for just visiting your indoor wall to keep fit until Easter and the promise of sunshine and fair weather. 

There are many "Fair Weather" climbers out there and I can see why, I've spend more days than I'd like to remember rock climbing in wind, rain and sometimes even snow showers. Your hands freeze, water runs from wrists into your jacket as you place your arms above your head, you s...


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Retreating from a Sport Route

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, In : Top Tips 

I was asked a few weeks ago what to do if you can't complete a sport route and realised that there are so many options that it would be worth writing them down. There are lots of reasons why you might not be able to finish a route, thread the lower off and retrieve your quickdraws, it might be that its too hard, too wet or too late.

Firstly – no one likes leaving their gear behind, but it’s a small price to pay for getting down safely. None of your gear is worth as much as you,and the cost...
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