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Best climbing club for beginners3687
gear4rocks trad gear341,978
Am i in the right place81,026
university mountaineering clubs171,718
A few very noob questions181,451
Bouldering safety7614
Beginners Trad climbing. 221,676
New Forum User - Congleton and Formby8798
Hanging belay - management of half ropes261,694
Help! Snowdon / Skills?-362
Sweaty palms6652
La Sportiva Katanas 5576
QMD - Mountain Leader Award121,008
Ben lomond10595
So 8wks in to returning to climbing and...71,661
high altitude beginner!141,008
climbing buddy61,212
abseiling/top roping8905
Mobile Phone in the Mountains1121357
sore knuckles6581
Rate my rack251,870
Next steps4502
How many quickdraws and which rope?6846
snow hole tuition13969
Fort William Mountain Festival -273
Protecting the environment vs yourself - "ethical" climbing441,572
adjusting harness leg loops3618
Twisted my knee8547
3 peaks challenge321,716
First foray into the Peak District241,220
climbing course recommendations-347
Introductory Leads, Glasgow area?5510
mountaineers in norfolk-307
Trad Lead Course - Any Recommendations?9892
need advice and contacts4692
Assisting a SPA qualified instructor3803
Begginer - Finger & Grip Strength191,794
4yr olds climbing582,942
winter essentials-385
Climbing Trousers282,073
best easy leads in snowdonia17973
Free winter skills instruction in Scotland 6th-11th January 5824
Alps Advice3559
To Club or not to Club??51,305
New Zealand Mountaineering courses - opinions?2445
Starting out2547
Sweden unclimbed peaks4873
How to climb this?141,487
Intensive/accelerated/fast track instructor courses81,237
via ferrata grades131,073
Emergency survival bag6737
First noticeable thump onto the bouldering mat81,319
sport climbing411,401
Should I be logging my climbs152,358
Newbie snow belay questions4750
How is climbing outdoor in winter?352,122
Winter Skills Courses for beginners462,141
Tying in15978
crampon choice3514

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