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How are Climbing Ropes Made?

How are Climbing Ropes Made?

13th February 2018

We've posted before about this, but have come across more material about the technology and processes behind the manufacture of climbing ropes. This knowledge helps when you're using a rope - if you understand its manufacture, you can decide how you want to use and whether to keep it in…

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Work at Height for Workers over 100kg

Work at Height for Workers over 100kg

12th December 2017

Equipment for Workers over 100kgThis in on the Petzl website - to see it directly and link to more information go to http://www.petzl.com/en/Professional/Petzl-solutions-for-workers-over-100-kg?ProductName=AVAO-SIT&Familly=Harnesses&l=INT

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Headtorch Advice

Headtorch Advice

12th December 2017

Which HeadtorchHeadtorches are an essential piece of outdoor kit, whether for walking, climbing, mountaineering or even just around the campsite for reading in your tent or finding your way to the toilet at night! The only way to have your hands free to read a map or fiddle with kit…

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Climbing Ropes

Climbing Ropes

12th December 2017

Climbing RopesPurchase, Care and Maintenance of RopesTheis is a simple introductory explanation about what can be a highly technical subject; so please don't interpret everything here as the final word - it's just our opinion distilled as a summary.Types of RopeThere are two types of rope generally used for climbing…

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Working at Height

Working at Height

12th December 2017

Work at Height'Working at Height' is now more than simply a phrase - it is an area of regulation covered by the Work at Height Regulations of 2005, and anyone working at height or employing people to do so is covered by these regulations. The text of the regulations can…

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What Kit do I Need for an Expedition?

What Kit do I Need for an Expedition?

8th December 2017

Expeditions are a difficult thing to kit yourself out for, and it's not possible to cover every option here - but we can give some general advice and recommend specific bits of kit as being particularly useful.Between us at the Gearshack we've been on over 20 Himalayan trips as well…

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Climbing for Beginners

Climbing for Beginners

8th December 2017

Climbing for BeginnersA word of warning - Don't do it! Seriously, climbing is dangerous and you shouldn't take it up unless you are prepared for the risk. There is a great deal to learn and there is no quick fix. If you don't want to risk getting injured, don't take…

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New Via Ferrata Standards

New Via Ferrata Standards

25th November 2017

New Via Ferrata standardsGeneral information about the new Standard EN 958:2016 for Via Ferrata Equipment The new, revised standard is expected to become official and legally effective from next year (2018).Equipment in stock in stores now which conforms to the current EN 958:2011 will be allowed to be sold or a…

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Can I put a sticker on a climbing helmet?

Can I put a sticker on a climbing helmet?

22nd November 2017

An oft-asked question. Many people or outdoor centres have stickers on climbing helmets - but should they? What's the answer?In general, no you should not put stickers on helmets - but there are caveats to this. Why?Most people will tell you that the glue on stickers is bad for the…

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