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March 20, 2018

We’d just climbed a big multi pitch route and were starting to plan to head down at the end of the day. I’d set up for the 1st of 2 abseils with both folk attached to the ropes and then I gently eased over the edge. I remember hearing a small tearing sound at this poin...

December 8, 2017

‘BELOW’ shattered the silence

I remember sitting in a bucket seat, a pitch below the cornice belaying my friend up and looking out across the Balmoral Estate from Lochnagar in awe at the beauty of the mountains before me. Deep in the bowels of our storage lock up I have...

October 24, 2017

Sometimes you wonder why? The forces of nature fighting against you, making your day seemingly impossible, I mean what’s the attraction of battling freezing horizontal winds offering you a severe natural exfoliation and you can’t see 2 metres in front of you.....for 7...

March 3, 2017

How confusing is buying a rope these days? Popping into a shop, the 1st thing you’ll get asked is - what are you going to use it for? I always really want to just say something daft at this stage……however I’m not brave enough and do realise that different ropes will su...

December 2, 2016

Wear lots!

That is... wear lots of layers and carry a big warm jacket in your bag and you’ll be well equipped for winter. A very traditional approach to walking in the mountains during the winter months, a bit like a full monty sets you up well for the day after a night...

November 25, 2016

"Carry lots of gloves in winter and make sure they’re waterproof..."

Great advice that is commonly offered and one that I’ve spent years trying to find the right combination, it’s a tricky one though as a waterproof glove doesn’t truly exist and if I’m carrying 5 pairs...

November 18, 2016


Every year in November we get a flurry of snow in Snowdonia and we all start to get excited about the winter months approaching. This year we haven’t had the more traditional wet Autumn, rather a fairly mild dry patch with a quick temperature drop in the las...

August 1, 2016


I often get asked why I tie a specific type of knot when tying 2 ropes together to abseil off with. Everyone knows the overhand knot works…

I’m always keen for people to understand “why”, not just accept being shown and told “that’s the...

July 25, 2016

Paul wrote an article for the BMC's bookazine 'Get into Climbing'. His 'Top Tips for climbing outside' along with lots of other great articles from leading instructors and climbers is on sale at the BMC online shop here.

It's priced at £5.00 or £3.00 if your a BMC memb...

May 18, 2016

Once you tie your clove hitch, this is a really quick and simple way to adjust it rather than retying it.

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