Mailon rapides used for lower-off belays
Some interesting facts about mailon rapides made in UE in comparison to those made in China, as well as “hardware” carabiners you may find at some lower offs on sport routes. Carabiners, mailon rapides and quickdraws have been tested and analised by Emanuele Pellizzari at the Italian Mountaineering Club Gear and Techniques laboratory at Taggì di Sopra and published at www.planetmountain.com READ MORE
Rock climbing course with guys from Sheffield, the UK
When I picked up Jag, Ian and Jake (physicians from Sheffield in the UK) from Oasis Hostel in Malaga early in the morning the narrow streets of “centro de Malaga” were empty of people, window shutters were closed and just a few Spaniards were picking their hot “churros” with milk coffee in the bars we were passing by. After fast drive... READ MORE
Almost a month ago, Costa del Sol turned into the Costa del Rain: it was raining almost every day for longer than week and that is something very unusual in November. Aleksander and Kim they haven’t been lucky coming to Spain in the middle of that raining period. At the beginning of the course it seemed the weather will be good enough for climbing, some showers during the day is not a problem at all, as long as there is some warm wind to dry out the walls... READ MORE
Windstar Cruise, stops in Malaga
When Kelly said their Windstar Cruise will have the 8 hour stop at the Malaga port I thought it must be one of these huge ships with hundreds of windows on its both sides, swimming pool at each deck and every night shows around 10 p.m. So I was waiting next to the Terminal A, at the deepest dock of the Malaga port. I was earlier there to avoid morning traffic and having just enough time to take a cat nap... READ MORE
Last Thursday we run a rescue rope technique workshop in San Anton (Malaga) with a lovely couple from the UK - Ian was so inquisitive that we spent all the day tying knots, building hauling systems and practising emergency techniques. At the end of the day I run out of possibly emergency scenarios...
If you are curious for how many different purposes you can use a rope and a few carabiners that course is for you.
Multi pitch climbing, El Chorro
The experience of the last few seasons show us it was reasonable to design a program of the intense multi-pitch rock climbing course for climbers who already climb indoor and outdoor but have never tried higher walls than 1 pitch climb. In teams of 3 people we can climb efectively and safely from 100m to 400m long routes. Sm all groups let us teach all techniques and strategy you need for multi-pitch climbing both sport or alpine. ASK FOR DETAILS
Sierra Nevada, La Veleta NE face
La Veleta is one of the highest peaks in Sierra Nevada and the only place in Andalucia you can try rock climbing at over 3000 m above the sea level. Climbing here is much more adventurous than any other area arond Granada and Malaga. Shade, cool breeze and temperatures in July/August not higher than 20 degrees (as at the same time in Granada it is 40 degrees!) make that place perfect for climbing if you like placing own gear protection and some run outs on every pitch. Thank you Manue for a great day!
El Chorro, rock climbing course for begginers
Straight from Toronto in Canada, heading to Barcelona and then to Marocco and who knows where else – Canadian Team conquered El Chorro. For the 2 days Fearless Heidi, Just-a-bit-scared Alana, I-can’t-do-that-Jan! Sundes, Coffee-addicted Leanna and Well-sunburned Rob have been climbing, tying ropes & knots, knowing the ins and outs of safe belaying [READ MORE]
Rock climbing in El Chorro, Spain
The 1st of May is the day off in Spain, so I was expecting to meet a lot of climbers in El Chorro because of “el puente”: 4 days long weekend. However since 2 days it was raining in Malaga area and the few thunderstorms passed loudly close to Montanas de Malaga. While driving to El Chorro early in the morning I could enjoy views of snowed peaks above Tolox... [READ MORE]
Guys from DMM demonstrate how important is to distinguish a quickdraw carabiners and decide which one is used as a top one and being clipped to protection placement. Especially if you do a lot of sport climbing with frequent hard moves trying/flying you should keep attention of your quickdraws set up. Small burrs, grooves and edges on the carabiner might turn your belaying system to very dangerous situation... WATCH MOVE AND READ MORE
Amanda told me she couldn’t miss opportunity to try rock climbing in Spain – being on students exchange you have got only 3 months to enjoy spanish weather while in your home (New Jersey, NY) it is snowing and temperature drops below zero. If you live in Minnesota... READ MORE
Safety comes first...
_This spectacular site 50 kilometres inland from Malaga boasts an impressive limestone ravine five kilometres wide and 300 metres deep. Arriving in El Chorro at midday on the first Saturday in December, my jaw dropped at the sight of rugged golden limestone against a clear, light blue sky... READ FULL ARTICLE
4 days lead rock climbing, El Chorro
_It was a bit windy and cold early morning I was waiting in Fuengirola for Karina, Guro and Christine – I saw them walking toward my car with their luggages and bags full of food for next 4 days we had to spend in El Chorro on rock climbing. A bit later I discovered that the food that they had in the bags was not just food to fill your stomach, but the highest quality products and organic food to help your body stay healthy and fit – if you study at Atlantis Medisinske Høgskole, so can not be otherwise. READ MORE...
Rock climbing winter session (El Chorro)
_Julie and his boyfriend appeared (dressed in a formal outfit) in the doorway of Casa de la Mercedes hotel with his luggage and laptop ready to drive to the airport...
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