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Knowledge: How to choose a rope

Knowledge: How to choose a rope

IFMGA Guide Alun Richardson runs through the different types of ropes available and what they are best suited for… The increasing popularity and diversification of climbing has led to a broader selection of climbing ropes, each with its own characteristics. This choice undoubtedly has benefits, but it can make it difficult to decipher what’s on offer and how it relates to your climbing. I have ropes for Indoor, alpine, sport and traditional climbing and I also have short lengths for specific routes and walking. I also have static ropes (non stretchy), dedicated to abseiling or ascending. To help you make your … Read more »

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Using fixed lines, part 1

Using fixed lines, part 1

On big peaks it’s routine to make use of fixed lines (or ropes), but how do they work? In this series, Tim Mosedale explains the methods he uses when leading high-altitude expeditions… Whether you love or loathe the idea, a lot of the big mountains usually have sections of what we call ‘fixed ropes’ put in place to allow expedition members, Climbing Sherpas and High Altitude Porters (HAPs) to progress up and down the route safely. One of the fundamental reasons is that it is usually easier, and safer, to equip sections of the mountain with rope than to have people … Read more »

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Training for trekking, part 2

Training for trekking, part 2

Indentifying and correcting any physical weaknesses or imbalances you have can make a big difference to your performance, says Nik Cook If you’re spending the money and taking the time to embark on a long overseas trek then ensuring you’re in the best possible condition when you hit the trail is a no-brainer. Although many people will argue that you can gain trekking specific fitness on the trip itself, at best this will mean poor performance or suffering early on but, worse case scenario could be injury, inability to keep up and an early flight home. Once you have your trip … Read more »

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Training for trekking, part 1

Training for trekking, part 1

In the first of the series, Nik Cook looks at how to pack and what other pre-trip preparation you need to think about… If you’re going on an overseas trekking trip, then getting your kit right, along with ensuring you’re physically prepared, should be top of your priorities. Nothing is more frustrating, or unnecessary, than failing to summit or complete a route because your kit or personal logistics wasn’t up to scratch. Get your pack right You should take as much care buying your pack as you do buying your boots. Trying on in-store is an imperative so don’t be tempted by … Read more »

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Expedition medicine, part 1

Expedition medicine, part 1

Dr Raj Joshi kicks off our series on medical matters for trekkers and mountaineers with a look at some pre-trip basics… Whether you’re heading to Kathmandu or Caerphilly, if you’re planning a trek of any length it’s vital you are medically fit and as prepared as you can be for any possible medical situations that may arise during your trip or expedition. In this new series, we’ll be looking at some of the basics that every intrepid adventurer should know in order to keep themselves safe and healthy while on their adventures. Explorers all More than ever before people have the ability to … Read more »

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