Association of British Climbing Walls
The Association of British Climbing Walls (ABC) gives environmental health officers, insurers and climbing wall users the confidence that the highest standards of safety are practised at member walls. White Spider Climbing are proud to be a XXX Member
This equipment enables the rope to be secured (locked off) or loosened (when giving slack or lowering off) as necessary while the climber is on the wall. These come in a number of different forms – we don't mind which you use as long as YOU know how to use it and it's in good working order!
Belaying someone essentially means managing their rope while they climb. This includes everything from taking rope in as they ascend, slowly lowering them back down to the ground again, or providing more rope or 'slack' while lead climbing. As the rope helps protect any falls, this is a vital part of climbing requiring experience and attention. Anyone climbing here with us without instructor supervision will be tested on their belaying before being signed off to climb.
British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
``The BMC recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.``
A small area with climbing routes, often just a small cliff face or a few boulders.
The most difficult portion of a climb.
A hand grip which is squeezed, over the top or around the side, between the fingers and palm, forming a cup shape with the hand, or applying this type of hold on any protrusion or feature. More commonly known as guppy.
To successfully and cleanly complete a climbing route on the first attempt after having received beta of some form. Also refers to an ascent of this type. For ascents on the first attempt without receiving beta see on-sight.
Climbing without aid or protection. This typically means climbing without a rope. Risky.
Intended as an objective measure of the technical difficulty of a particular climb or bouldering problem.
Scared. Also over gripping the rock.
This piece of kit is used as part of belaying and is a crucial piece of climbing equipment. It is essentially a strong clip.
When leading, climbers clip the rope into fixed points in the wall as they climb up. This is more technical, requiring a bit more skill and experience than Top Roping.
A clean ascent, with no prior practice or beta. For ascents on the first attempt with receiving beta see flash.
An established route or bouldering problem that an individual is repeatedly attempting to ascend over a period of time, but has not been successfully been sent by that climber. Sometimes slang in the form proj.
Top Rope Cimbing
Involves climbing while tied into a rope fixed to the top of the wall.
A large, hollow bolted-on bouldering hold.