Articles by Libby Peter...

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.

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - rescue

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - rescue

by Libby Peter

Master a few basic rescue techniques to save yourself and partner from some tricky situations.

Abseiling and traditional climbs

Abseiling and traditional climbs

by Libby Peter

A look at basic safety needs when abseiling including: choice of abseil device, safety back-up, locking-off an abseil device, replacing worn-out slings on fixed abseils, and a mental checklist to run through before you go over the edge...

Leading on traditional climbs

Leading on traditional climbs

by Libby Peter

Most climbers have vivid memories of their first lead; it is an intense experience and one to be savoured. This article aims to prepare you for just that occasion by pointing out what you need to know, how to choose the first route and how to progress safely beyond it.

Top and bottom roping in traditional climbing

Top and bottom roping in traditional climbing

by Libby Peter

If you don't want to lead you can climb using a top-rope or bottom-rope system. These are fairly straightforward to set up as long as you consider a few basics.

Belaying in traditional climbing

Belaying in traditional climbing

by Libby Peter

Safe and effective belaying is crucial to a successful climbing system. There are various ways of achieving this including: Direct belaying Semi-direct belaying Indirect belaying

Ropework in traditional climbing - the rope

Ropework in traditional climbing - the rope

by Libby Peter

A look at the various rope techniques for different climbing situations with a résumé of the main types of rope available and information on rope care.

Ropework for traditional climbing - tying in to anchors

Ropework for traditional climbing - tying in to anchors

by Libby Peter

Reduce the time you spend fiddling around trying to get the belay right and improve safety at the same time by adopting a simple and foolproof system.

Climbing knots

Climbing knots

by Libby Peter

Climbers need only a handful of knots to get by, but by having a selection at your disposal you can be more effective and efficient. The pros and cons of the most useful ones are assessed here including: Figure of eight, bowline, clove hitch, Italian hitch, Prusik knots and more.

Ropework for traditional climbing - tying in

Ropework for traditional climbing - tying in

by Libby Peter

This article considers the advantages and disadvantages of each style of knot and explains how to use the rope loop you create.

Equipment for traditional climbing

Equipment for traditional climbing

by Libby Peter

Libby Peter explains the significance of everything that connects a climber to the belayer.

Belaying for sport climbing

Belaying for sport climbing

by Libby Peter

Belaying is the system that enables climbers to effectively hold a fall by means of a friction device and rope handling skills. Here's the pros and cons of various styles of belay devices for sport climbing.

Knots used for tying in

Knots used for tying in

by Libby Peter

This article runs through the pros and cons of the rewoven figure of eight and bowline with stopper and then explains how to use the rope loop you create.

Climbing knots used in sport climbing

Climbing knots used in sport climbing

by Libby Peter

Climbers need only a handful of knots to get by, but having a selection at your disposal makes you more effective and efficient. The pros and cons of the most useful ones are assessed here including: Figure of eight, bowline, clove hitch, Italian hitch, Prusik knots ... and many more.

Equipment for sport climbing

Equipment for sport climbing

by Libby Peter

Libby Peter explains the significance of everything that connects a climber to the belayer.

Pregnancy and climbing

Pregnancy and climbing

by Libby Peter

Most women will want to continue climbing and training through pregnancy and there is no reason why you shouldn't but this advice may help.

Starting out in women's climbing

Starting out in women's climbing

by Libby Peter

Libby Peter explodes a few myths about women climbing and talks about the reality and practicalities of trying climbing for first timers.

Technical issues- leading and seconding

Technical issues- leading and seconding

by Libby Peter

Once you are using a rope on scrambles it is essential to have a system that is simple, logical and properly understood by all members of the party. This includes; good communication, familiarity of climbing sequence, climbing calls, and experience of how to belay from below and above.

Technical issues- moving together

Technical issues- moving together

by Libby Peter

Moving together is an advanced scrambling technique that is occasionally useful on British scrambles. It involves: Shortening the rope by taking body coils, both moving at the same time, and placing runners or passing the rope around spikes of rock.

Technical issues- knots and tying in

Technical issues- knots and tying in

by Libby Peter

A few basic knots will cover all your scrambling needs.

Technical issues- direct belays

Technical issues- direct belays

by Libby Peter

Direct belays are simple and quick to set up, but do require some thought on selecting a suitable anchor. This article looks at: Testing the anchors Types of direct belay Operating an Italian hitch

Technical issues- descending

Technical issues- descending

by Libby Peter

Difficult scrambles can become very serious, or even impossible under certain weather conditions, so it is essential that you are confident to retreat in safety. This involves: Selecting an appropriate anchor Setting up an abseil Abseiling smoothly with an Italian hitch Retrieving the rope

Technical issues- anchors and attaching

Technical issues- anchors and attaching

by Libby Peter

Once you have decided to use a rope you will also need a system that is safe and efficient. This involves: Selecting appropriate anchors Attaching yourself to the anchors Belaying the rope effectively.

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