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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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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

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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Building Your Trad Climbing Rack | Climbing Daily Ep.861

On this week’s Friday Gear Show, Matt was unleashed on the EpicTV Shop’s big wall of shiny gear to pick some items that you might need for your trad rack. There is a vast array of gear out there designed to fit into every size crack or hole, but we are focusing on the first few items you need. Remember to comment below with your trad rack set up for you're chance to win a Wild Country Friend. If you want to check out the gear in the video, click the links below:

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Building Your Trad Climbing Rack | Climbing Daily Ep.861

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

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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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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Over 100 Years Of Trad Climbing History | Climbing Daily Ep 1425

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The Arc'teryx Lakeland Revival helps to preserve classic Lake District trad routes that might otherwise be forgotten. We travelled there to discover the history of climbing in the area. Speaking to expert Trevor Langhorne and climbing with Charlie Woodburn and Gilly McArthur we piece together the first ascent of 'Oliverson's Variation And Lyon's Crawl'. This classic VDiff on Gimmer Crag is a wonderful adventure, interesting for the modern climber...far more serious in 1907.

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Over 100 Years Of Trad Climbing History | Climbing Daily Ep 1425

Climbing Accidents...Are You Ready For Them? | Climbing Daily Ep.1307

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Today we have part two of our coverage of the DMM sponsored rescue weekend. We learn some essential rescue techniques from Trevor Massiah including prusiking up a rope and escaping the systems.

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Jacopo Larcher on Rhapsody, Scottish E11 7a

In May 2016 Jacopo Larcher made the fifth ascent of Dave MacLeod's Rhapsody (E11 7a - 5.14b/c R), at Dumbarton rock.

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Your First Trad Rack: What to Buy

What you'll want to get in your first trad rack.

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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

What's On A Pro Climbers Trad Rack? | Climbing Daily Ep.1408

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We are in the Lake District in the UK for the Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend. We caught up with pro climber Charlie Woodbrun to find out what gear he takes trad climbing.

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What's On A Pro Climbers Trad Rack? | Climbing Daily Ep.1408

An Introduction to Trad Climbing

An overview of Trad Climbing with the help of DMM

James Pearson goes back to Trad climbing

After being away from the UK trad climbing scene for a couple of years, where he mainly sport climbed, James wanted to go back to his speciality and decided to attempt to flash for the first time an E10 route, Pembroke's Muy Caliente. Whilst there he not only made the E10 climb, but 3 E8's and an E9!

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.

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Multi-pitch climbing: set up a belay at a stance

How do you set up a belay at a stance on a multi-pitch trad route? Here's the answer.

Multi-pitch trad climbing skills is a series of short films produced exclusively for BMC TV in association with AMI (the Association of Mountaineering Instructors) and DMM.

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Trad Climbing 2014/2015

A wee film highlighting some of the trad climbs in Scotland and England that I've done since I started in 2013. Hope you enjoy!

Climbing Hidden Trad Classics In The Lake District | Climbing Daily Ep.1182

Katy Whittaker has been championing Lake District climbing, introducing rarely climbed routes to the community. Before the Arc'teryx Big Mountain Weekend kicked off, we went climbing with Charlie Woodburn and Katy to see what Lake District climbing is all about.

The Lakeland Revival revolves around encouraging people to get out trad climbing on the hidden classics of the Lakes. Traditional climbing, especially in this part of the country has played a huge role in the development of climbing as we know today.

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Climbing Hidden Trad Classics In The Lake District | Climbing Daily Ep.1182



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