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 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:┬«-Slings ) My interpretation of this was […]

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Scrambling Weekend

Had a great weekend with Stephen, Gareth and Kerran. Saturday we spent looking at rope work skills when scrambling – we worked on a great wee crag just behind Lanagarbh in Glencoe. We talked about using the rope in an emergency – waist belays, spike belays and “classic abseiling”; then moving on to using climbing […]

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Buchaillie Etive Mor

Short video clip of Halli climbing (I think) Narrow Gully yesterday- a long grade II mountaineering route to the right of Broad Buttress, far to the right of Great Gully, The snow was mostly excellent neve with good ice. We descended right into Coire an Tullach which is chock full of snow still.

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Cairngorm Granite Fest

?? (L to R: Lee on cave route; belay above Loch A’an) Productive weekend in the Northern Cairngorms climbing a variety of routes – Savage Slit on Saturday gave a challenge in wet conditions (see – short film clip here) ?the rock is so clean and grippy that it hardly made a change to the […]

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Lakeland Crag Fest

? The rain has finally stopped! Halli and I had a fine four days in the Lakes ticking classics at a variety of crags in Borrowdale, Buttermere and Thirlmere. Stunning day on Gray Crag (pic above) ticking classics. We also climbed at Black Crag, combining Raindrop and Troutdale Pinnacle Direct. We also had some excellent […]

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