Rock climbing

6 Habits for Safer Climbing

Saturday 20 April 2019, 6:08am -- daniel.joll

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Kim Ladiges climbing thin ice on the Croz Spur

Creator: 
Dan Joll

A couple of years ago, I sold my business in NZ and more or less became a full time climbing bum. This coincided with becoming a father, and the two combined led me to examine some of my climbing choices and the statistical risks associated with them. I was keen to make sure that I had good habits in place to avoid those once in a lifetime accidents that over a long climbing career might happen.

Hauling an Injured Climber in a Rescue Situation

Saturday 20 October 2018, 9:15pm -- daniel.joll

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Gemma Wilson being helicopter rescued from the Dolomites via a long line

Creator: 
Kristy Shelley

During a recent trip to the Dolomites in Italy I found myself in a rescue situation with an injured climbing partner. We were climbing as a team of three, and one of the seconders pulled off a large block which fell down onto the third member of our team. I thought sharing a few tips on how to manage the situation and how to haul an injured climber could be useful for someone else who might find themselves in a similar situation.

Safety Alert: Avoiding common, preventable climbing accidents

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 7:19am -- Anonymous (not verified)

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Daniel Joll abseiling with coiled ropes to prevent the knotted ends from being stuck on a windy abseil

Creator: 
Karl Merry Schimanksi

We are propagating accidents, injuries and deaths. In almost all commercial industries, when multiple near misses or similar accidents occur, they are analysed and methods are instigated to eliminate the causal factors. Even rats in a maze learn not to make the same mistakes multiple times. But it seems the climbing community hasn’t yet learned. All too often I hear of people either dying, being seriously injured, or narrowly avoiding catastrophe due to the same preventable errors.

How To Climb Faster On A Multi Pitch Route

Wednesday 10 July 2013, 7:53am -- daniel.joll

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Daniel Joll leading on an ascent of the Brenna ridge Mt Guilmette Fitz Roy Massif

Creator: 
James Meighan

There is nothing more frustrating than moving slowly on a long multi pitch route. Saving a few minutes on each pitch can often mean the difference between spending an unplanned night out, getting caught by a change in the weather or making it back to camp early with enough time to be rested for the next day of climbing. Learning how to safely increase your efficiency and speed on a multi-pitch route will also open the door to longer challenging climbs.

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