Articles by Alun Richardson...

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.

Training for climbing for beginners

Training for climbing for beginners

by Alun Richardson

Plenty of information to get you ready for almost any climb, covering; training tips, preventing injuries, age, gender, principles of training and goal setting.

Helmets for climbing

Helmets for climbing

by Alun Richardson

Alun runs through key issues on the design and fitting of helmets and how you should look after one of the most important pieces of kit.

Climbing techniques

Climbing techniques

by Alun Richardson

Movement techniques and exercises help you move more efficiently. Looking at how we learn, the relationship between body and feet, using your feet and hands, resting and what to do as the rock steepens.

Risk assessment for beginner climbers

Risk assessment for beginner climbers

by Alun Richardson

Risk assessment is largely unwritten in climbing but it does underpin the basic issue of safety. Alun Richardson spells out what you need to know.

Assessing fitness for beginners in climbing

Assessing fitness for beginners in climbing

by Alun Richardson

'Young people worry too much about training ... The time to start training is when you stop improving' Ben Moon This article provides a sensible approach to weighing training and climbing for you to reap the greatest benefits for your time. Includes tips for effective training.

Starting out in climbing

Starting out in climbing

by Alun Richardson

Find your best route into the vertical world of the climber. This article will guide you through your first tentative moves.

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