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The Flash: Rock+Run Blog

If you’re completely new to climbing, or even if you have only ever sport climbed or bouldered before, your first ‘trad’ climbing experience can be daunting. Here we take a look at what it takes to become a safe and competent trad climber.
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Adam Ondra is back with another feature in our weekly video series. This week Adam visits the beautiful crag, ‘Beckov’, in Slovakia to check out an unclimbed project bolted by Tomáš Pilka in 1994. Having failed to climb the route when he first visited in June 2020, Adam returned to polish off 27 years of unfinished business with what became ‘Absolutorium’ 9a.
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Climbing shoes are one of the first purchases made once we start climbing more regularly, and it’s one that can have a massive influence on how we engage with the sport throughout those first few months. Knowing which shoes to buy can prove a minefield of choice (and for some a pretty big investment) so take a look at our top picks. 
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This week’s video hit comes straight from the beautiful Swiss valley of Val Bavona where we’re spoiled rotten with Swiss native, Giuliano Cameroni’s fourth ascent of Off the Wagon Low (8C+/V16). Off the Wagon’s original standing line is perhaps the most iconic boulder problem in the world, originally being discovered by Dave Graham with Nalle Hukkataival claiming the first ascent in 2012.
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Typically, painful, grim and dirty, offwidthing is one of the darker arts of the climbing world, especially for us Brits with the fair isles of Britain yielding little in the way of any decent offwidth climbing. So, if you’re like me and haven’t got a clue about offwidths then this video is a nice introduction to the kit, the techniques and, most importantly, the taping.
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Soft, sensitive and oh so French – the Nebula is the ultimate homage to EB’s climbing shoe heritage, nailing the same fundamentals that made their very first climbing shoe so successful whilst epitomising the modern climbing shoe’s evolution into an expertly engineered sending weapon.
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