Members: Sliding-X Anchors

Most people now acknowledge that perfectly equalised anchors are virtually impossible to achieve, especially once a system is subjected to any significant loading. The ‘Sliding-X’ anchor was a hot topic

Members: Guide Mode

Several manufacturers make versions of passive belay devices that may be used in an auto-locking mode commonly known as “Guide Mode”. The first one I used was Black Diamond Equipment’s


Suspension Trauma There has been some new research looking at the onset of suspension trauma.  This was presented at the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) 2018 congress in Andorra. 

Members: Ascending Forces

Rope climbing competitions have traditionally been a fun part of roping conferences and events. These events are simple. The fastest time recorded for climbing a defined length of vertical rope