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BMC announces climbing route improvements

Posted 27 November 2009
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BMC announces climbing route improvements
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A climbing area owned by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) has had improvements made to six of its routes, the organisation has announced.

New P bolts and rams head lower-off units have been fitted at Horseshow Quarry near Stony Middleton in the Peak District, with the BMC stating these are safer and easier to use than other lower-off fixtures.

It added: "These lower-offs are manufactured from top quality stainless steel and the 'rams head' can be replaced once it starts to wear."

Those who fancy visiting the quarry may wish to get a new climbing rope at a Go Outdoors store, with the nearest ones being in Hathersage, Stockport and Sheffield.

People trying out some climbing routes in the Scottish mountains this winter have been advised by a BMC expert to make sure they know their mountains well.

Writing in the winter edition of the BMC member's magazine Summit, Dave MacLeod said that by building up a good knowledge of the peak they are attempting, climbers will be able to adjust their route in the event of bad weather or forced route changes.

Posted by Dan Mirza