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gear4rocks trad gear341,974
Am i in the right place81,022
university mountaineering clubs171,715
A few very noob questions181,447
Bouldering safety7610
Beginners Trad climbing. 221,671
New Forum User - Congleton and Formby8795
Hanging belay - management of half ropes261,691
Help! Snowdon / Skills?-360
Sweaty palms6649
La Sportiva Katanas 5575
QMD - Mountain Leader Award121,006
Ben lomond10591
So 8wks in to returning to climbing and...71,658
high altitude beginner!141,007
climbing buddy61,208
abseiling/top roping8900
Mobile Phone in the Mountains1121352
sore knuckles6575
Rate my rack251,870
Next steps4501
How many quickdraws and which rope?6843
snow hole tuition13964
Fort William Mountain Festival -271
Protecting the environment vs yourself - "ethical" climbing441,570
adjusting harness leg loops3617
Twisted my knee8544
3 peaks challenge321,712
First foray into the Peak District241,212
climbing course recommendations-344
Introductory Leads, Glasgow area?5508
mountaineers in norfolk-303
Trad Lead Course - Any Recommendations?9886
need advice and contacts4688
Assisting a SPA qualified instructor3799
Begginer - Finger & Grip Strength191,790
4yr olds climbing582,938
winter essentials-383
Climbing Trousers282,065
best easy leads in snowdonia17965
Free winter skills instruction in Scotland 6th-11th January 5819
Alps Advice3553
To Club or not to Club??51,300
New Zealand Mountaineering courses - opinions?2440
Starting out2541
Sweden unclimbed peaks4869
How to climb this?141,482
Intensive/accelerated/fast track instructor courses81,233
via ferrata grades131,069
Emergency survival bag6732
First noticeable thump onto the bouldering mat81,315
sport climbing411,398
Should I be logging my climbs152,350
Newbie snow belay questions4741
How is climbing outdoor in winter?352,111
Winter Skills Courses for beginners462,137
Tying in15973
crampon choice3509
Half Ropes14960

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