The outdoor retailer Cotswold (www.cotswoldoutdoor.com) have teamed up with Plas Y Brenin (www.pyb.co.uk), the National Mountain Centre to bring you a new online resource to help you stay safe whilst climbing, heralded as a 'base camp for mountain safety.'
The website is called www.stayontheedge.co.uk
"Even the most experienced climbers and mountaineers need to keep their mountain senses razor sharp at all times. That's how you strike the right balance between the instinct for adventure and the instinct for survival. We've called maintaining this balance staying on the edge, not over it"
Instructors from Plas Y Brenin will be sharing their mountain skill and gear knowledge in articles. One article by Plas y Brenin Senior Instructor Carlo Forte (MIC/IML) discusses how to Know Your Limits, with recommendations on how to gain experience and skills in the mountains to help understand the fine line between adventure and misadventure.
Other features of the site include Gear Guides and Top Tips from both instructors, climbers and mountaineers (including prizes for the best user-submitted tips).
The first gear guides are very timely with detailed recommendations on how to choose your winter gear - Choosing Winter Gear
To kick start www.stayontheedge.co.uk Cotswolds are holding a competition for climbing or mountaineering clubs with prizes worth over £2000.
"All you need to do is pick your team, pick a UK route you feel any climbing or mountaineering club would love to tackle, plan your climb and then tell us how you think it challenges and benefits each individual member of your team."
You can enter here - Club competition - details and entry form
The deadline for this competition is 31st October 2008.
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