Mountaineering

Duct tape – holding my life together

Duct tape has long been a staple of the outdoor instructor’s personal kit. From gun shot wounds to relationships, if it can’t be fixed with duct tape, it isn’t worth fixing.

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Sport climbing quickdraws

Sport climbing is becoming increasingly popular, with routes being put up all over the world. Unlike traditional climbing, sport routes are protected with quickdraws attached to permanent bolts that have been drilled in to the rock.

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5 tips for the successful dirtbag

There comes a point in every young climber’s life when they decide it will be a good idea to go and “live the dream.” To free themselves of the outside world, live as cheaply as possible and chase routes not $$$. Here at iboutdoor we applaud such ventures and offer the the following hard-learnt advice:

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Dealing with stuck cams

Back in 2011 I spent most of the summer living out of my car, on a UK climbing road trip. I spent a week living near Stanage Edge in the Peak District, one of the most popular climbing crags in the country. Although I didn’t see many climbers out during the week, I found plenty of evidence of their presence

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Gear I’m loving… Berghaus Arete 45

It’s nice to have shiny new gear, but even better to own gear that has character. This week iboutdoor takes a look at the Berghaus Arete 45, a simple climbing pack that could tell you some stories…

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Out of screwgates?

Here’s a quick tip that’s handy to know if you run out of screwgate karabiners on a climbing route.

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