Winter Training Day

┬á Up on Meall Tarmachan again, this time with the Firbush Centre’s staff preparing for the winter season with some staff training. We managed to get the best of the day and had a stunning afternoon revising movement skills coaching for winter mountaineering and walk; and talking over digital mapping, route planning and going over […]

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Autumn Rock

Calum, Lizzie and I spent a weekend of dry and warm weather climbing at Dunkeld and Traprain Law. We revised loads of Trad climbing skills – placing nuts and cams, building anchors, abseiling routes and getting off crags safely. By the end of the weekend, both Calum and Lizzie were able to lead routes, and […]

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Late Summer

I’ve had busy August and September (so far!) working on Mountaineering Scotland Ready to Rock courses and also getting out climbing with various folk. I’ve been providing technical advice to various organisations I work for, and also working with South East Edinburgh Scouts as their mountain activities adviser, trainer and assessor. Some photos below!   […]

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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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