Sport climbing - essentials

Sport climbing - essentials

'Traditional climbing' or 'Sport climbing'? The war has raged on long and hard! If you're getting into sport climbing then this section is for you: How to get started, what motivates sport-climbers, ethics, safety, equipment and grading. Also featuring winter sun venues for sport climbing plus a range of expert's tips.

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Starting out in sport climbing

Starting out in sport climbing

by Steve McClure

Sport climbing might surprise you: it's addictive, and for some climbers becomes a focus for their existence! Learning the sport and climbing in safety is not very difficult, providing you have a head for heights!

Motivation for sport climbing

Motivation for sport climbing

by Steve McClure

Why is sport climbing so popular? What are the challenges? Steve McClure reveals his personal motivation and gives some insight into the motivation of other climbers too.

Ethics and rock types in sport climbing

Ethics and rock types in sport climbing

by Steve McClure

'Traditional climbing' or 'Sport climbing'? The war has raged on long and hard. However, a broad compromise has been reached where everyone can have some fun. To most people, whatever your ethics, one of the most important things is simply being outdoors in beautiful surroundings.

Safety in sport climbing

Safety in sport climbing

by Libby Peter

Do you know what risks to expect when you go to a sport climbing venue? Eg. loose rock at the top of the crag/on route, checking the condition of the bolts/lower offs, checking knots/harnesses, ensure the belayer is alert and attentive, a well organised system for multi pitch routes, don't underestimate the seriousness of what you are doing.

Equipment checklist for sport climbing

Equipment checklist for sport climbing

by Steve McClure

Here's all the essential kit you need for a sport climbing trip.

Grading in sport climbing

Grading in sport climbing

by Steve McClure

Grades - do they really matter, what do they mean and which system is the best? For sport climbing, whether on-sighting or redpointing the French System is the most widely adopted but it's worth knowing how the numbers translate from one country to another.

Winter sun venues for sport climbing

Winter sun venues for sport climbing

by Steve McClure

With air flight prices dropping all the time there is no excuse for spending all winter climbing indoors and moaning about the weather! This section covers the best sunshine venues for a long weekend or a few weeks away in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Mexico, Thailand and Australia.

Expert's tips for sport climbing

Expert's tips for sport climbing

by Steve McClure

Sport climbing should be safe, but accidents can happen, usually through simple or stupid mistakes. Use the common problems chart to ensure that you and your climbing partners stay safe.

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