Articles by Tim Emmett...

Climbing styles in traditional climbing - cragging

Climbing styles in traditional climbing - cragging

by Tim Emmett

Cragging is undoubtedly the most popular form of roped climbing. Tim gives some key considerations and tips for getting the most out of it.

Grading in traditional climbing

Grading in traditional climbing

by Tim Emmett

How do you grade traditional routes and what does it all mean? Read on to find out more.

Climbing on loose rock

Climbing on loose rock

by Tim Emmett

Climbing on loose and fragile rock is an art. Tim provides some essential tips to help you get to the top without joining the boulders below!

Climbing equipment- chalk bags

Climbing equipment- chalk bags

by Tim Emmett

What are they and when should you use them?

Bouldering equipment- mats

Bouldering equipment- mats

by Tim Emmett

Bouldering mats are cushioned pads of comfort to absorb the impact of a short fall when you're bouldering and keep you off the dirt and debris. Alternatively, they make great mattresses for a siesta in the afternoon sun, or to recover from the night before.

Climbing on loose rock when deep water soloing

Climbing on loose rock when deep water soloing

by Tim Emmett

Most established deep water solo routes are fairly solid although with so many up and coming venues, you are quite likely to come across loose rock at some point. Climbing on this is an art and can be very dangerous if you get it wrong.

Organising a climbing competition

Organising a climbing competition

by Tim Emmett

Organising a climbing competition can be a great way to promote your club or venue. Graeme Alderson suggests a few ideas to bear in mind at the planning stage.

About climbing competitions

About climbing competitions

by Tim Emmett

Tim Emmett describes the various styles of bouldering and leading competitions available in the UK.

Mid layer clothing for climbing

Mid layer clothing for climbing

by Tim Emmett

Here we look into the materials used for mid layer garments and why they are used: wind resistance, insulation, features, fit and function.

Basic principles of clothing for climbing

Basic principles of clothing for climbing

by Tim Emmett

'There's not much to it!' gasped my mother in horror and astonishment when I told her the price of my latest climbing jacket. This article looks at the features of technical clothing, the concept of layering, what you get for your money and key factors for performance.

Health for beginners in climbing

Health for beginners in climbing

by Tim Emmett

Youth, gymnastic ability and a strong upper body will all help you climb to higher levels, but contrary to what you might believe, they are certainly not essential. This article answers the questions: How fit do you need to be to start climbing? Does age matter? How strong do you need to be? What are the key aspects to help your climbing?

Introduction to grading in climbing

Introduction to grading in climbing

by Tim Emmett

Getting to grips with climbing grades can often be harder than the climb itself. This article shows you how it all fits together and answers some of the commonly asked questions: Who grades it? How is it graded? Why is there so much variation? International grading How climbing styles effect grades

Climbing styles

Climbing styles

by Tim Emmett

Traditional and sport climbing, deep water soloing and bouldering - what they are and the main places to practise them in the UK.

Motivation for beginner climbers

Motivation for beginner climbers

by Tim Emmett

Climbing can be so intense that your whole world is just put on pause for those few moments when total concentration and often excitement overrides all other senses. Encapsulated by problem solving and curious ambition, a poised climber creates a new realm of their own reality.

Introduction to climbing for beginners

Introduction to climbing for beginners

by Tim Emmett

Welcome to the beginners section. This is an overview of the many different aspects and styles of modern day climbing, but without all the complex jargon that so often accompanies it.

Bouldering competitions

Bouldering competitions

by Tim Emmett

Tim Emmett gives a brief overview of aggregate and day bouldering competitions which are becoming ever more popular across the country.

Tips on falling off in sport climbing

Tips on falling off in sport climbing

by Tim Emmett

Tim Emmett provides some tips on what to look out for when falling off in sport climbing.

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