Knotting slings and using them as lanyards – is it safe?

(Update of a post I made in 2011) I made the mistake recently of posting on UKClimbing.com. There had been some discussion about multi-pitch belays, and this deviated to someone posting about sling strength, and quoting DMM’s testing of sling strength. It’s worth watching the DMM video:   https://dmmclimbing.com/Knowledge/June-2010/How-to-Break-Nylon-Dyneema®-Slings ) My interpretation of this was […]

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Ready to Rock

I’ve been working with Mountaineering Scotland to deliver their new Ready to Rock courses. On Sunday, Michael, Michael, Iain, Ali, Chris, Gonzalo along with Alan and myself met at a scorching  Traprain Law to cover the basics of trad climbing. We looked at the Crag environment – environmental considerations and looking after yourself. Guide books […]

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Edinburgh Cragging

There are some fantastic venues within easy reach of Edinburgh, and some a bit further away that offer more adventurous climbing.   Traprain Law is just outside Haddington, about 25 minutes from Edinburgh, and gives some good lower-middle grade climbing in a rural setting. The downside is the crag is popular and polished. A good […]

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Ewan Gully

  We revisited Ben Hiant after another snowy spell over the Easter break. There was plenty of firm, deep snow in places. So, we  climbed a gully line west of the NW ridge which I descended  on New Year’s Eve 2000 after the ascent of NW ridge. The gully had less snow on it, but […]

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Spring!

Well, not quite – a few photos of Spring so far Hill walking in Glen Lyon Staff Training with Renfrewshire Leisure  

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