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Mountaineering Top Tips

Top Tip For Ice Axes Boots and Crampons

by Keith Ball

With an unprecedented amount of snow on the mountains of North Wales and a cold weather period that shows no sign of ending, the winter season is now .......

'Rack' to Winter - Tips on Winter Climbing Hardware Maintenance

by Martin Chester

The seasons are changing... the nights are drawing in, and thoughts are drifting back to snowy peaks and Scottish adventures. Having your hardware pre.......

Alpine Top Tips, Climbing Quicker (safely)

by Martin Chester

Climbing long Alpine routes is a stamina fest, not a sprint, so remember the Tortoise and the Hare. "Not stopping" is much more important than moving .......

Preparing Your Winter Hardware

by Rocio Siemens

It's that time of year again, and in a kind of counter-nature migration, many of us will be flying up North of the Border, with the prospect of enjoyi.......

Winter Protection

by Dave Evans

For most of us in winter climbing runners and good belays shouldn't just be a luxury! A lot gets said about Ice screws and Abalakovs but what about m.......

Winter Mountaineering

by Martin Chester

Whether you are a committed winter walker, going winter mountaineering or even a winter climber, this could be for you. So much of a winter day out in.......

Alpine Top Tips - Climbing Slicker (and more efficiently)

by Martin Chester

Huffing and puffing and hauling and thrutching my way up another Chamonix crack, I realised I had never tried to climb cracks in my big boots before, .......

Protecting Winter Climbs

by Martin Chester

Here are a few ideas on protecting winter climbs:.......

Glove Management

by Martin Chester

It's like an obsession, and we all do it. It starts off as a casual glance, then a nagging pull once you realise that there's something new on the rac.......

Ice Screw Management

by Dave Evans

The winter is approaching, the nights are drawing in, it's nearly time to dust off the tools and get ready for action. For anyone planning an early hi.......

Communication for Winter Climbers

by Keith Ball

Effective communication with your climbing partner is essential, not only to ensure your day goes smoothly but also to keep yourselves safe. I am sure.......

Winter Mountaineering Tips

by Carlo Forte

Here are a few varied and simple tips to make your winter mountaineering go smoothly........

Get Fit for the Alps

by Martin Chester

On a typical Alpine day you will make something in the order of 1000m of ascent. You may get up in the small hours of the morning, and work hard until.......

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