Maximising the potential of marginal protection

In March 2014 Ben Bransby made the 2nd ascent of Baron Greenback (E9) at Wimberry Rocks. Ben took steps to reduce any potential loading on the marginal protection by using ripstop extenders, skinny ropes, Revolver carabiners and asking for a 'soft catch' from the belayer.

15 August, 2014

Clipping Bolts: Part 1

Ben Bransby has plenty of useful information in this first part of a two-part video on clipping bolts, safely and efficiently. Starting with the anatomy of a sport climbing biner and the standout features, Ben then moves on to how to correctly clip a bolt and whether it’s it's best to clip when you're close to the bolt or as soon as it's within reach.

21 July, 2014

Coloured screwgate carabiners

Have you ever considered using 'colour-coded' screwgate carabiners to make it clearer who is attached where at a stance? In the video, mountaineering instructor and trainee British Mountain Guide, Rocio Siemens, demonstrates their practical use in a guiding scenario on Flying Buttress in the Llanberis Pass.

11 January, 2014

Slings at anchors

What amount of force is generated by a falling climber, attached to their anchor points using nylon or Dyneema® (Dynatec) slings, if there is slack in the system? Using your rope is the ideal option in terms of reducing the load on the anchors. 

23 September, 2013

Destination Frankenjura

The limestone crags of the Frankenjura are synonymous with world-class sport climbing. Wolfgang Gullich made it his home and it's where the term redpoint originated. The accompanying video gives a valuable insight for first-time visiting climbers.          

10 January, 2013

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