Climbing styles in traditional climbing - cragging
Whether you're trad climbing at Stanage (Peak District) or sport climbing in Spain, cragging is the word usually used to describe climbing routes that are only a short walk from the car.
Getting onto your chosen route can become more difficult than getting tickets to the FA Cup Final
Easy access without the need for navigation. Sounds great! But remember others will think the same. Popular crags can heave with excessive numbers of climbers at weekends. At times like this getting on to your chosen route can become more difficult than getting tickets to the FA Cup Final.
Key considerations and tips
- Beware of other people climbing or walking above you. Rocks dislodged from above by careless passers-by can have fatal consequences, especially at a busy crag.
- Turn off your mobile phone or be discrete (or get a 'boiling' ringing tone and set up the barbecue!)
- If you're going to abseil from the top and there are people below you, let them know what you're doing. Throw a small length of the rope first and then lower the rest, rather than throwing the whole lot and taking someone out!
- Shout 'BELOW' if you drop something!
- Shout 'ROPE' and wait for others to acknowledge you before throwing a rope down!
- Respect other climbers and the environment.
Tim is a professional climber and extreme sports athlete. He is an inspirational speaker and author which has led to him presenting many BBC programmes. He has recently climbed the first ascent of possibly the most famous ice climb in the world - Helmcken Falls, Canada. Nominated for the 'Piolet D'Or' award and has been amongst the winners 4 times at the World Ice Climbing Championships.
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