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Please, would you take a look at these sentences and correct them:

1.Before they began the ascent, the mountaineers had checked-up carefully their equipment.
2.Before beginning the ascent , the mountaineers had checked-up carefully their equipment.
 

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Please, would you take a look at these sentences and correct them:

1.Before they began the ascent, the mountaineers had checked-up carefully their equipment.
2.Before beginning the ascent , the mountaineers had checked-up carefully their equipment.
Both initial clauses are fine. Omit '-up' in the second. I would put 'carefully' before 'checked' or at the end.

The past perfect 'had checked' is OK, but the past simple would be fine.
 
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