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Month: April 2014

Bouldering at La Pierre d’Orthaz – Chamonix

Spring is a great time anywhere, yesterday we had fresh snowfall in the mountains and today it’s warm enough to boulder in the valley whilst the high peaks still have their dusting of snow. The boulder in “Snells Field” called La Pierre d’Orthaz is perfect for chilled out climbing in the sun. Plenty of sunbathing spots and no need for a guidebook. It’s great to be out on the rock again, the weather’s looking a bit mixed for the rest of the week, but the odd sneaky boulder would be nice. If you want a list of problems and...

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Crevasse rescue kit for ski touring

What to take when your skiing on glaciers? Well, firstly you should go on a crevasse rescue course or practice your crevasse rescue in a safe place. There’s no point in carrying gear if you don’t know how to use it! Some people will carry less, some more. It’s a balance between going lightweight, and making it easy for yourself if someone does fall into a creavsse. Crevasse rescue kit for ski touring. Enough to make it efficient, without going overboard. If your not too slick with your hauling, an extra krab or two will help if you muck...

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Rock Climbing on Dartmoor – A Guide

The Dartmoor national park is situated in Devon, South-West England approximately 4-5hrs driving from London. Dartmoor covers around 368sq miles, with the towns of Plymouth, Exeter, Tavistock and Okehampton on each side. A mixture of farm land and wild moorland, Dartmoor is stuffed full of legends and ghost stories, easily imagined when alone on a misty night! Dartmoor is a pretty popular tourist destination, with lots of Walkers, Mountain bikers and Rock Climbers. The “tors” on Dartmoor are rock outcrops on the hill tops and valley sides that are scattered all across the moor. Some of these Granite tors...

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Buying a rock climbing harness – Gear Advice

There are quite a few different styles of climbing harness’s to choose from. They fall into a few different categories: Outdoor centre, group harness’s. Usually highly adjustable, no padding and without gear loops. Uncomfortable to hang in. Indoor climbing wall harness’s. Some more padding, not too many gear loops. Rock climbing harness’s. Padding on waist belt and leg loops. Four or more gear loops. Not as adjustable size wise. Alpine Mountaineering harness. Like the rock climbing harness’s, but with less padding and therefore lighter. Not as comfortable to hang in. Adjustable leg loops. If you want one harness to...

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Buying your first climbing rack – gear advice

Buying your first bits of climbing gear is a bit of a milestone in your climbing career. When I started climbing I managed to buy various bits of discount gear, some second hand stuff and some scrounged. Gradually, as I did more climbing I became aware of what gear I was missing, and indeed what gear was important, getting rid of the second hand thirty year old harness and buying a more up-to-date version! Obviously, your as your reading this article as you’ve probably decided to do a bit of research towards what climbing gear to purchase. There’s certainly...

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Summit selfie on the Domes du Miage this morning.
A great trip from the Conscrits Refuge and a ski all the way down to the valley floor.

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