This booklet brings together the work of the BMC technical committee over the past fifty years – the lessons learnt in their investigations and key advice from manufacturers to become an essential reference for all climbers.
Life moves fast these days. With the increasing popularity of climbing, manufacturers are taking every advantage of the latest advances in materials and technology to make exciting new gear available each year. But one thing never changes, climbing has been and always will be a risk sport, and all the latest equipment in the world will only increase the margin of safety at which you operate. Risk can never be eliminated, so it’s absolutely vital to understand the limitations of equipment, and recognise the situations that may cause it to become damaged or even fail.
But how do you know if a certain piece of equipment is damaged? Should you throw a rope away after washing it in detergent? What’s a stress fracture? That’s where the long anticipated new edition of the