Carabiner Inspection and Maintenance
A step-by-step look at how to inspect and maintain your carabiners as part 2 of DMM's Ready for Rock series.
Don’t lose your bearings – check out this video for help navigating your way through pulley maintenance.
Cam Inspection and Maintenance
The performance and lifespan of DMM cams will benefit from regular cleaning and inspection.
Compact Shackle Maintenance
Compact Shackles can be found in a number of DMM products. Some basic maintenance will keep them squeak-free.
Impact Block Maintenance
Impact blocks work hard yet generally receive very little maintenance. See how to give these workhorses a bit of TLC.
Slings and Rope Inspection
How to check the condition and establish the age of your slings and ropes. The fourth part in our 'Ready for Rock' series.
Building a Two-point Belay
A climbing 101 that is a cornerstone for more complex set-ups. In conjunction with Glenmore Lodge, we take a concise look at this essential ropework skill.
Inspection & maintenance of auto-locking gates
A step-by-step guide to aid with the inspection and maintenance of DMM auto-locking carabiner gate mechanisms including gate function tests.
Climbing the Matterhorn
Mountains don't come much more iconic than the Matterhorn. Mountain guide, Dougal Tavener, outlines what is involved and how best to prepare for tackling its Hörnli Ridge.
Slings at anchors
What amount of force is generated by a falling climber, attached to their anchor points using nylon or Dyneema® (Dynatec) slings, if there is slack in the system? Using your rope is the ideal option in terms of reducing the load on the anchors.
Resistance is futile
George Smith attempts to explain some of those things you’ve always wondered about pulleys, but were afraid to ask.
Becoming qualified as a rope access technician
Here George Smith presents a few pointers for anyone intent on a basic qualification in the rope access industry. Do you have what it takes?
Working at Height regulations (in brief)
The Regulations set out a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting procedures and equipment for work at height.
Big wall tips from McHaffie and Muskett
After James McHaffie and Calum Muskett's recent Yosemite success, with free ascents on El Cap of the Pre-Muir and Golden Gate respectively, they share some of their hard won big wall wisdom.
Cableway systems in access and rescue
George Smith from Outreach Rescue sheds light on the different types of rigging, the forces involved and considerations to be made when assembling rope systems.
Rope rescue work over water
Working on rope rescue systems over water can be very problematic, with multiple risks and limited guidance, then again… it can make for a soft landing!
The right connector for the job
Not all connectors are the same and so choosing the right one for the job in hand can be a daunting task. Different shapes, materials and locking mechanisms form a bewildering array of choice. Add in the potential for captive eyes, swivels or pulley variations and the list of options is vast.
The Boa - ideal winter carabiner
Rocio Siemens is a freelance mountaineering instructor based in North Wales and has recently been accepted on to the British Mountain Guide scheme. She regularly puts our kit through its paces in the course of her work and climbing for herself. Rocio sent us a short piece outlining why her Boa biners are so handy in winter