Placing Gear Efficiently

Effective placement of gear comes down three things, knowing your racking system, developing a good eye for placements as well as the appropriate size of relative protection, and using rests where possible to place gear whilst in balance. The first two are down to hands on experience with your rack and gear placements. You might … Read morePlacing Gear Efficiently

Single Versus Double Ropes

Many climbers choose to use double or half ropes when trad or multi pitched sport climbing. However the whole single versus double ropes is not necessarily that simple. Single Versus Double Ropes for climbing Single Ropes Approximate diameter 9mm to 11mm Easier to belay on one rope Easier to hold a fall so good for beginners … Read moreSingle Versus Double Ropes


Moving around roofs can be strenuous on the arms, the trick is to move past the obstacle as quickly as possible, to a rest above. Place gear as close up under the roof as possible, and even above the lip of the roof if you can reach. Going up and down a few times may … Read moreRoof’s

Corners and Chimneys

Bridgeable features often provide ways to rest the pulling muscles in our arms and make upward progress.   Another trick for ascending corners and grooves is ‘back and footing’, see Chimney Rest. Climb a corner with as many hands off rest as possible, by bridging and back and footing. Climb aagin but your hands can … Read moreCorners and Chimneys

Hands Off Rests

Learning to climb with efficiency is all about saving energy. So finding a hands off rests or a little respite is a key component of good climbing technique. A hands of rest is a place where we can recover from a tricky section and shake out the lactic acid from our arms and even legs, … Read moreHands Off Rests