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Traditional climbing


How to lead a trad route?

Want to learn trad climbing? Britain is the home of trad climbing, and you'll find all our skills clips here on the BMC YouTube channel.

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Happy climbing. And remember - if you're unsure of anything, head to the crags with an experienced friend or hire an instructor.

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Arc'teryx Trad Climbing Tips: Will Stanhope | Climbing Daily Ep.1459

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During the Arc'teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix we visited the trad climbing clinic. Pro climber Will Stanhope was there giving some expert advice, so here are Will's beginner trad climbing tips to progress your climbing.

Arc'teryx Trad Climbing Tips: Will Stanhope | Climbing Daily Ep.1459

Essentials of Climbing: Trad Climbing

Trad is short for traditional climbing, or the very origins of the sport where determined men figured out how to attack sheer rock faces with harnesses, ropes and pitons. In this fun and informative video, Eastern Mountain Sports Brand Ambassador and professional climber Joe Kinder breaks down the evolution of trad climbing with a special emphasis on how far the gear has advanced. Special thanks to TNF athlete Emily Harrington for showing the world how trad climbing is done.

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How To Build And Equalise A Trad Climbing Anchor | Climbing Daily Ep.1174

During the recent Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend we had a masterclass from Mountain Guide Adrian Nelhams on anchor building. On todays show we look at the specifics of building an anchor and how to equalise it using the rope.

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How To Build And Equalise A Trad Climbing Anchor | Climbing Daily Ep.1174

Glenmore Lodge - How to trad climb

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Al Halewood takes you through all the important things you need to know about traditional lead climbing.

Trad Climbing Adventures in Snowdonia

The Climbing Nomads - Vlog 9 - We go on an adventure in Snowdonia, climbing the classic multi pitch route Direct Route VS 4C on Glyder Fach.

Check out our other trad climbing adventures:

Crack Climbing at Millstone

A Grand Day Out - Adventures in Cwm Silyn


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Brett & Sophie, The Climbing Nomads; Chasing a dream and sharing our journey around the UK and Europe in our motorhome looking for the best rock climbing, bouldering, running and adventures!

We are not the best climbers in the world, or climbing the hardest grades but we are totally obsessed with our life long passion for climbing. So whether we're trad climbing on sea cliffs or climbing long multi-pitch mountain routes, sport climbing in Spain or crushing boulder problems in Fontainebleau, join us on our adventures as we Vlog our life on the road!

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We are both qualified rock climbing and mountain instructors, holding the Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor (MCI) qualification and are members of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI).


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Summer Solstice In Wales - A Trad Climbing Journey

The idea was simple, four super strong rock climbers on a trad-climbing trip to South Wales.

Jacopo Larcher, Barbara Zangerl, Roland Hemetzberger and Lara Neumeier head to Pembroke, a stunning coastline climbing venue with some very hard and beautiful Trad routes. Each one of them will find their personal project and battle for the send putting aside fear and adverse conditions.

The long days of the summer solstice in North Europe helps their desire for exploring, climbing and having fun with friends.

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Summer Solstice In Wales - A Trad Climbing Journey

Czech Trad Climbing - 150 Feet With No Metal Pro

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Trad Czech climbing. Climbers do not use bolts, hexes, cams, friends and chalk. They are secured only by knots tied on slings and small pieces of rope placed inside cracks. Climber here missed all six bolts on his way up! He placed more than 10 knots as protection.
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BMC Monthly Show: we go trad climbing with pro-climber Steve McClure

What's that? Trad? With Steve McClure? That can't be right? In this special episode of our monthly show, Niall and Steve head to North Wales to try out the best routes Snowdonia has to offer. Is climbing boring for Steve unless he's on an E9? Tune in to find out.


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How to place and judge trad climbing gear including Nuts, Hexes & Cams.

At last! I’ve been waiting to do this one for ages and it was great fun to finally film it. An overview of placing gear and introducing a potential scoring system to help with the decision making process. As always, fire away with any questions!
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Black Diamond Camalots
DMM Dragons
Torque Nuts
DMM Wallnut Set

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With a cheapy microphone
On a Joby tripod

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Types of Climbing Explained

This video explains the 4 main types of rock climbing: bouldering, top rope, sport, and trad. I also briefly explain aid, mixed, ice, and alpine at the end. This video is aimed at the beginner rock climber wondering what all these different terms are.

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How to climb trad #2 Gaining Confidence

There's no way round it, climbing trad involves operating with confidence in places where you must not fall. In this video, I discuss the tactics and practical skills I use that underpin that confidence. It's not magic, just training.

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Solo Trad Climbing Frogshead (5.6) at the Gunks-With Setup (Subscribe for daily climbing videos)

Thanks for Subscribing and checking out the hundreds of climbing videos that I release on youtube every weekday! You can find rope soloing videos, trad climbing, sport climbing, free soloing, bouldering, 360 Videos, standard gopro videos, big wall adventures, climbs all over the US. Please check out more climbing videos on my gunkclimber youtube channel.

I start out with a quick overview of my setup since people were asking to see the setup. Rope is in rope bag with knots. I still haven't fixed the grigri yet. But that might be a future project.

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Danger: Louis Parkinson Tries Trad Climbing

Yes that's right, on part three of our Louis Vs Canada series he has a go at trad climbing. Usually known for powerful dynos, without using his feet, how will Louis cope with crack climbing and fiddly trad gear?

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Saxon Sandstone: Epitome of Traditional Climbing

Recently I had the honor to try some Saxon Trad Climbing on their infamous Sandstone. Of course it was very epic. Here's a bit of documentation.

Saxon Sandstone: Epitome of Traditional Climbing by Mani the Monkey

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Trad Climbing Fantasy Crack with nothing but passive pro!

As challenged by the (former) RockandSharks, a very classic NRG trad line done entirely with Passive Pro.

It was a pain in the butt. I'll never do it again ;)

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The Wild Side Of Scottish Climbing With Dave MacLeod | Climbing Daily Ep.1536

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Dave MacLeod is a true legend of the climbing world. From E11 trad to super hard Scotish winter climbs Dave His new film, Undiscovered was premiered at the Kendal Mountain Film Festival. We spent time with him to discover more about one of the most driven men in climbing.

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The Wild Side Of Scottish Climbing With Dave MacLeod | Climbing Daily Ep.1536

Trad Climbing: What You Need to Bring.

Ready to start plugging your own protection? In this video, Outdoor Gear Exchange's Mel M. reviews what gear she likes to bring for a day of trad climbing.

Sizing rock climbing shoes is tough, make it easy by reading our guide!

Picking the right belay device can be tricky, check out our guide.

A Harness needs to be comfortable and safe, OGE has a guide to sizing and picking the right harness.

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The Incredible Long Wall Classic, Rock Wars - Trad Climbing in the Red River Gorge.

Climbs as beautiful as it looks. The stunning Rock Wars is really nothing more then quality layback for days. Don't let the grade or type of climbing dissuade you, you pretty much have gear options at every point along the way.

Absolutely worth the arduous hill you have to climb to get to Long wall (steep but not to long).

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Trad Climbing on Epinephrine - Pitch 10

By this point, the fatigue of climbing all day really began to sit in.

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