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When pockets are very sloping and marginal...  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique And Training Handholds and Grip Technique Part Two

Neil Gresham gets to grips with handholds and takes a specific look at slopers, pinches, pockets and guppying.


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The classic Cosmiques Arête in the Mont Blanc Massif.  © Calum Muskett

High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 1 - An Introduction

In the first of our four-part series on high altitude travel, Jamie Macdonald (high altitude physiologist at Bangor University) and Calum Muskett (professional climber and mountaineering instructor), explore the role of physical fitness on moun...

he drag/open grip is useful but less effective  © Nick Brown - UKC
he drag/open grip is useful but less effective  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique And Training Handholds and Grip Technique

Neil Gresham gets to grips with handholds: Page-one of climbing technique is making the best use of the holds, and this became apparent when we looked at footwork earlier in this series. Climbers have a habit of analysing footwork but we often take it for granted...

avalanche 2 montage  © Jack Geldard
avalanche 2 montage  © Jack Geldard

Avalanche Basics Part 2: Staying Safe

In part 1 of this series Mountaineering Instructor Mark Reeves looked at how avalanches occur; here in part 2 he suggests ways to assess the risk, spot the warning signs and stay out of trouble

Avalanche Goat Track Coire an Sneachda Feb 2011  © Mark Diggins
Avalanche Goat Track Coire an Sneachda Feb 2011  © Mark Diggins

Avalanche Basics Part 1: Anatomy of an Avalanche

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Elaine smiling her way to the top of a classic route in Sella, Costa Blanca.  © Sally Lisle
Elaine smiling her way to the top of a classic route in Sella, Costa Blanca.  © Sally Lisle

Grappling with Fear - Mid Climb

Sally Lisle shares four simple (but not necessarily easy) tools to help you grapple with fear when it kicks in mid...

Franco Cookson on his 2013 route Psykovsky's Sequins  © Jake Hampshire
Franco Cookson on his 2013 route Psykovsky's Sequins  © Jake Hampshire

Franco Cookson's Guide to Headpointing

The evil word. Pre-practice, top roping, working: all synonyms for that most diabolical of threats to stylistic purity....

Neil Gresham - Moving Sideways 1  © Nick Brown - UKC
Neil Gresham - Moving Sideways 1  © Nick Brown - UKC

Neil Gresham Technique And Training Toe-Hooking and Clamping

Neil Gresham continues his technique series and the theme of footwork, taking an in-depth look at toe-hooking.

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Winter boots montage  © Dan Bailey

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Expedition Advice Series  © Pertex

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Seek out the far away places  © Misha Nepogodiev
Seek out the far away places  © Misha Nepogodiev

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Keith Sharples climbing into his 60s.  © Keith Sharples

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Tendon Glides are a great low load exercise for finger injuries  © Lattice Training
Tendon Glides are a great low load exercise for finger injuries  © Lattice Training

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Tom Randall training on the campus board  © Lattice Training

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A very 'outdoor' style indoor problem. Audrey Seguy at the Castle Climbing Centre, London, UK. Photo by Aneta Parchanska.  © David Flanagan,  Aneta Parchanska
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A well placed foot can pivot on a hold - here the climber has traversed past the hold and spun his foot  © Will Carroll
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The key areas of a climbing shoe  © Will Carroll
The key areas of a climbing shoe  © Will Carroll

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Andy Kirkpatrick in his element in Antarctica  © Andy Kirkpatrick Collection

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