Index of Climbing + Scrambling Articles
All the articles are in the tabs below the main central course introductions; the correct tab should open automatically.
Rock Climbing Articles:
A short article that offers information on how to start climbing and lists the best reference sites and books.
A general overview of what to look for in carabiners, nuts/wires, cams and slings
A more detailed view of what you need for specific types of climbing and the composition of different climbing racks.
A more detailed of what to look for when choosing rock climbing carabiners
A short article on choosing your first pair of climbing shoes with some recommendation.
A look at how to choose and place nuts effectively, especially hexes (Torque Nuts and Rockcentrics)
A look at how to choose slings and nuts / wires with information on the features to look for.
A look at how to choose and place cams (Friends, Camalots and 4CUs) with information on the features to look for.
Information on the best micro cams on the market - CCH Aliens v Metolius Master Cams v Wild Country Zeros v Black Diamond C3s
A look at how to choose a climbing helmet with some recommendations.
Information on choosing a climbing harness - different styles, features to look for and getting the best fit,
A short article on abseiling, protecting the abseil and ascending the rope using prusic loops
A personal look at the contents of a climbers First Aid Kit
An analysis of common accident scenarios at climbing walls
A quick look at a corroded quickdraw and how it broke when tested.
Mountain Scrambling Articles:
A short description of the scrambling grades used in the UK and a look at the territory likely to be encountered.
A general overview of what to look when choosing ropes and a rack for scrambling. There is information on choosing helmets on the Advanced Scrambling Course page
How to make rope coils, short roping and moving together. There is a direct link to the photos on how to build hard locked coils for scrambling here