Traditional climbing

Traditional climbing

'Traditional' climbing is where the majority of the equipment placed to protect the leader is placed as they climb, whereas in 'sport' climbing the gear is in situ (mostly bolts). Our team of professional climbers provide a thorough introduction to traditional climbing, including advice for beginners, preparation, risk assessment, kit, racking and grading.

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Starting out in traditional climbing

Starting out in traditional climbing

by Alun Richardson

In 'traditional' climbing the majority of the equipment placed to protect the leader is placed as they climb, whereas in 'sport' climbing the gear is in situ (mostly bolts). Because of the topography, traditional climbing has a strong following in Britain.

Ethics and rock types in traditional climbing

Ethics and rock types in traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

It could be argued, with considerable historical evidence, that Britain has led the way forward in clean and sound ethical values concerning the sport of rock climbing.

Risk assessment for traditional climbing

Risk assessment for traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

Assessing the potential risks associated with climbing is not normally something that climbers do consciously. We do it through experience, using large amounts of common sense and being systematic in our preparations. Taking part in a potentially life threatening pastime concentrates the mind.

Climbing on loose rock

Climbing on loose rock

by Tim Emmett

Climbing on loose and fragile rock is an art. Tim provides some essential tips to help you get to the top without joining the boulders below!

Preparation for traditional climbing

Preparation for traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

Thorough preparation is essential for successful climbing. This article considers: The weather, clothing, food and drink, warm up and stretching, organisation and surveying the route.

Kit and racking for traditional climbing

Kit and racking for traditional climbing

by Andy Kirkpatrick

How to organise and maximise your protection for short route or multi-pitch climbs using harnesses and bandoliers.

Kit checklist for traditional climbing

Kit checklist for traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

Nigel Shepherd suggests a list of equipment, clothing and safety items to take to the crag.

Grading in traditional climbing

Grading in traditional climbing

by Tim Emmett

How do you grade traditional routes and what does it all mean? Read on to find out more.

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