Libby Peter looks at approaches to leading your first route and trying to decide if the moment is right, for you to take that first step..
E1 is a grade to treat with respect and for most folk it is a grade that will not happen overnight; to climb the grade gracefully it is something that should be approached with care and plenty of time.
Choosing the right belay device can be difficult for those starting out – should I get a slick or grabby one, assisted braking, asymmetrical? Jon Wilson, climbing wall manager at Calshot Activities Centre busts the jargon and gives you some tips for picking the right device for you.
Part of our Beginner's Guide series, this article runs through all you need to know about the various knots and hitches used in the climbing world.
Libby Peter highlights 10 essential tips for your first rock climb outdoors.
Libby Peter's Rock Essentials: Rock Types series continues with a look at the technical and footwork-requiring Dolerite - where to find it, how to climb it, how to place gear in it and it's special features and hazards.
From Libby Peter's Rock Essentials: Rock Types series looks at the almighty Gritstone - where to find it, how to climb it, how to place gear in it and it's special features and hazards.