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.
Plenty of information to get you ready for almost any climb, covering; training tips, preventing injuries, age, gender, principles of training and goal setting.
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.
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 is largely unwritten in climbing but it does underpin the basic issue of safety. Alun Richardson spells out what you need to know.
'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.
Find your best route into the vertical world of the climber. This article will guide you through your first tentative moves.
Alun is a qualified British Mountain Guide and IFMGA Mountain Guide. He has over 30 years experience of guiding and instructing across the world in rock climbing, big walling, mountaineering, ice climbing and ski touring. He has written several books and is an acclaimed photographer. Alun is a true pioneer in the field of climbing and mountaineering.
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