Experience, it's said, is the teacher that won't let you skip classes. While there are truckloads of books that will explain what a rockover is and how to tie a Figure 8, how many are there which honestly give beginners the information they need - the sort of thing that somebody who's been at it for years just knows?
That's right. None.
The plain fact is, stacks of people are turning up at crags who can crank 6a indoors but have no idea where to find the ideal cleaning device for boots or why they can't get up Severes.
Until now. For those starting out in this great sport, UKClimbing selflessly offers a handy list of 100 things which will help you survive at the crag, in your tent, on the moors and most importantly in the pub when you come to tell your tale of why it all went wrong.
And you're not allowed to blame us when you do - that's No. 101.
So you know now (you think) about history, abseiling, sea cliffs, leading and belaying/seconding. But there's more, oh so much more, to discover that climbing has in for you....
This list couldn't have been compiled without the laughable honesty and combined (in)experience of Andy Etheridge, Debbie Matthews, Mark Winfield, Miles Barker and the rest of the Marylebone Mountaineering Club.
Charles Arthur has been climbing for longer than it took him to learn these 100 things.
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