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  • Climbing Helmets
    a collision with the rock face during a fall or with the ground after a fall The reason why I mentioned it is good practice for the use of the helmet indoors is for the second reason I have outlined The helmets of today are lighter and far more comfortable and without the strength of the helmet being sacrificed due to modern materials being used Most of the helmets are made from a mixture of fiberglass and resin some are plastic and a few are made from carbonfibre Inside the helmet known as the cradle which the Y shaped chin strap is attached firmly too at four 4 points which helps the helmet stay firmly on the head despite blows from any direction Also it is adjustable over a range of head sizes with shock absorbent foam linings Always purchase an approved helmet and from specialist outlet and compare various manufactures when trying them on for size and fitting Price of helmets start from around 30 00 Never purchase a secondhand helmet it may have been involved in some form of impact and the structure may have weaken and always replace after a fairly severe impact Disclaimer Climbing Fell Walking

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  • Climbing Equipment Karabiners
    into three 3 catogries Screwgate Snap and Twistlock The Screwgate karabiner has a threaded sleeve that stops the gate from opening by accident and used to attach the rope to the climber and for main belays The Snap karabiner have no locking device and are mainly used for running belays quick draws that consists of pieces of equipment placed or found in the rock into which the leader clips the rope via the karabiner as he climbs This helps the climber and the second climber in the event of a fall Although they help the climber in a fall they do have a disadvantage being that the rope can flick out of the karabiner in a fall this is where the rope bounces out of the karabiner as its gates rapidly opens and closes under rope action If possibly use some form of locking device or double up on karabiners with their gates reversed Twistlock is a new auto locking gate action these are popular in instructional situations to prevent accidental gate locking Climbers are beginning to take to them as they offer extre security and very little trade off in lightness When using snap karabiners in running belays quick draws pay attention to where you place the karabiner because the gates can be pushed open by resting against the rock or edge Seek advice from expereiced climbers on how to place the snap karabiners in running belays quick draws Karabiners should be cleaned with warm water liquid soap and a brush preiodically The moving parts should be treated with silicone and not oil has it may damage other climbing equipment Always check for corrosion and if is has been involved in a big fall or dropped some way for some form of deformation if there is discard Always seek

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  • Rock Climbing Equipment
    in a variety of crack shapes and sizes and vary from micro nuts for tiny cracks to huge aluminum wedges like the hexcentric The traditional wedge shaped nut the MOAC with straight sides is still used Today the most common ones in use are the ones that have curved faces on them one convex and another concave and are more versatile The Walnut allows for three 3 stable points of contact giving holding power also giving the option of left and right facing placements The tapering scoops make it possible to have secure placements even when the nut is only half in The Hexcentrics are like hexagonal in shape but with five 5 sides of unequal size have a camming action which pulls tighter as the load increases and allows them to be used in parallel sided cracks Friends active camming devices are very versatile and the placement of protection is made easy by the design and the ability to provide protection in previously impossible positions Today they are lot smaller stronger and lighter due the improvements in technology They come in varied sizes from 10mm to 200mm You will find them in three 3 or four 4 cam devices with the three 3 being for thinner or narrower placements these are less stable than the four cam Care must be taken when placing Friends into cracks so that all the cams are in contact with the rock as loose cams increase the chance of the cams to walk into cracks which can reduce the holding power or make them difficult to extract for the following climber Cleaning of the Friends should be done in warm water and mild soap periodically A Nut Key is required as it aids in the removal of protection devices from stubborn cracks and also

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  • Rock Climbing Shoes
    cheapest on average you will find the boots will last for about two 2 years for the average climber Talk to the climbers on the crags retail outlets climbing clubs and the climbers at the climbing walls to gather information The rock boots plays an important part in climbing as they are a principal source of friction In the early days and up to the middle of the 1950 s generally the climbers wore iron nailed boots or flimsy rubber soled plimsolls then from France came the PA which was an excellent smooth soled boot that was designed for climbing on rock which helped the climber to attempt more difficult grades The rock boot today is made from a sticky rubber compound with a smooth and flexible sole ranging from ankle boots to the low cut slippers and in various shapes and colours The rubber of the sole usually extends up the side of the foot For the new climber or who only does general climbing it is best to avoid the slipper type shoe as they are for more specialist climbing The boots are worn tight and that is why are not renowned for comfort The Toe of the boot is to be as narrow as possible this enables you to jam your foot right into extremely thin cracks The Sole is flat and sticky and must be kept clean to guarantee maximum friction and efficiency The Heel with the rand which runs around the boot and extends upwards at the heel offers good friction when heel hooking The cost of rock boots range from 50 00 upwards Never you use your boots to walk to the crags always use your trainers if the crag is near to the road and if you are venturing high into the hills

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  • Climbing Ropes for Rock Climbing
    is a fall If the rope did not have the shock absorption property the jolt in a fall could break the climbers back even in short falls Kernmantel ropes are the only ones covered by the Union International des Associations d Alpineisme UIAA and the European Standard EN for Dynamic Mountaineering Ropes q v In rock climbing you use either a single 11mm or a double 9mm thickness rope Using a double 9mm rope helps to reduce drag as it passes through the runners especially on a route that is zigzagging across the rock face by using alternate runners whenever possible you also have the opportunity of a longer abseils by joining the two 2 ropes together with a double fisherman s knot A 11mm rope is used for a straight forward route and where there will be less drag on the rock face Never use a 9mm rope on its own A 11mm ropes are required to hold a minimum of 5 UIAA falls without breaking using an 80kg falling mass The 9mm rope is required to hold a minimum of 5 UIAA falls without breaking using an 55kg falling mass The most common lengths are 45m 150ft and 50m 165ft When purchasing a climbing rope visit the various specialist outlets and ask for advice concerning different ropes compare various manufactures and explain the type of climbing you will be doing and also make sure it meets the correct guidelines and standards Always check your rope before you climb for core damage lumps or bulges in the rope and no visible sheath damage or sheath damage where the sheath has come away and the core can be seen In both cases discard There are a number of reasons why the rope can be damaged from dragging over sharp edges

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  • Lake District Activities Climbing, Water sports and Fly Fishing
    120cm 4ft long and the longest being 240cm 8ft which is very useful for belays and can be used double Slings have many uses from placing around small rock pinnacles or spikes threading through chockstones or holes and extending protection devices Tape slings are also available for quick draws Tapes knots have reputation for working loose even when done correctly and should be always checked frequently and thoroughly Knots can reduce the strength of the tape by up to fifty 50 Slings are prone to damage from abrasion cuts on sharp edges and the sides of the sling should always be checked as some slings come with a locking stitch down one edge once this abraded then the all the sling can unravel thus drastically reducing the strength When placing slings around trees bushes or columns it is advisable to place them as low as possible in order to reduce leverage and always remember that trees branches can be rotten and the roots of the tree can be shallow rooted Seek advice from the retailers and remember that a sewn sling is stronger at the joint than a knotted one of the same tape and also neater and smaller than

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