Articles by Nigel Shepherd...

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - advanced ropework

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - advanced ropework

by Nigel Shepherd

Nigel gives some tips about protection using a backrope on a traverse, an introduction to twin ropes and how to rig a Tyrolean Traverse.

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - multipitch climbing

Advanced techniques in traditional climbing - multipitch climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

Climbs of more than one pitch are called multipitch. Longer climbs pose different problems for the climbing team - in particular, speed is paramount to safety and success. This article covers basic ropework and stance organisational skills to increase climbing efficiency and maximise success.

Protection in traditional climbing

Protection in traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

What's the difference between active and passive protection, and when should you use nuts, hexes and cams?

Route planning and finding for traditional climbing

Route planning and finding for traditional climbing

by Nigel Shepherd

Finding your chosen climb may, or may not, pose problems. A roadside crag with a few short routes will be much more straightforward than a large rambling cliff in a remote location.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tips on choosing scrambling courses

Tips on choosing scrambling courses

by Nigel Shepherd

If you want to venture to more remote locations, tackle higher ground or walk all year round, then your navigation, foot work, rope work and survival skills might be tested to the limit. Find out what to do to any problems and deal with situations from qualified people on an outdoor course.

Courses for hill walking and scrambling

Courses for hill walking and scrambling

by Nigel Shepherd

If you want to venture to remote locations, tackle higher ground or go walking all year round, then your navigation, foot work, rope work and even survival skills might be tested to the limit. It's well worth knowing what to do to avoid any potential problems and how to deal with situations that might arise.

Hill walking courses for beginners

Hill walking courses for beginners

by Nigel Shepherd

You don't have to go on a course to learn some outdoor sense - but it might help. Nigel Shepherd outlines the benefits of attending a course for attaining some outdoor skills.

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