These notes are intended to assist the beginner who has already gained some knowledge of climbing and is fully aware of its risks. They are brief and not designed to be comprehensive in any way. Ultimately climbing is a dangerous sport and claims many casualties each year. One of the guiding principals of British climbing and mountaineering is that it is the individual climber is responsible for his or her own safety. If you can not accept this then this site and probably climbing in general is unlikely to suit you. May we refer you to this very interesting site instead!
If you are still determined to climb, the the BMC do a useful PDF called Climbing Outside which is free to download, and they also have have useful advice for younger climbers and Parents/Clubs in their Youth section.
A young competitor at a Needle Sports sponsored bouldering competition.
Jilly Reid on Oxford & Cambridge Ordinary (D), Grey Crag, Buttermere
Above: Jilly Reid leading the crux top pitch of Troutdale Pinnacle (S), Borrowdale
minimum of 4
though 6 or 8
would be better
Left: John Ellis leading the final pitch of Bridge's Route (HS), Eskdale
At Needle Sports we are always happy to advise - please bring in your rack and we will look through it and discuss your needs with you. Also check out what Andy Kirkpatrick has to say on the subject on his website, Psychovertical.com.
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