Rock Climbing Basics Series: Episode 6; Wire Placement

by Duncan Campbell Sep/2013
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This is the sixth in a 12-part series from Climbing Magazine, Wild Country and Red Chili, demonstrating and explaining the basic skills needed to be safe on the crags. In this episode, Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine's Gear Editor, talks us through the placement and removal of wired nuts for protection. This form of protection is the bread and butter for most UK climbers and is a skill that can only be mastered by doing a lot of it, but can form very reassuring runners when done well.

There can be differences in standard practice between the USA and the UK, and some beginners may have been taught very slightly different techniques at their local climbing wall or club. However the methods in this video series are simple, easy to understand and if done correctly, safe. As always, feel free to discuss alternative methods in the forums.

Wild Country and Climbing Magazine have produced a series of 'How To' videos designed to demonstrate basic climbing skills and techniques. In this video Julie Ellison, Climbing Magazine Gear Editor, demonstrates the basics of placing nuts and then removing them easily. Placing nuts well keeping you safe while leading and being able to remove nuts that your leader's placed is incredibly important – the smoother and faster you can do it the easier climbing becomes. Wild Country have a range of nuts from very small, Superlight rocks, to the large Rockcentrics but the basic of placement and removal are the same.

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