Earlier this summer, when the golden sun warmed the rock of North Wales, alpinist and trad climber Nick Bullock seized the opportunity of dry crags and strong arms to tick three of his dream routes. Here he recounts his adventures... "Vinnie Jones intimidation punched from the quartzite cracks... The smell of its stale breath mingled with the sea salt a […]
Named in honour of our lead ambassador, Lakpa Rita, this Jacket is our best waterproof/breathable hard shell – period. A legend in his own time, Lakpa Rita is the first Sherpa to climb the highest mountain on all seven continents. And he is our toughest critic and gear tester.
The Totem Cam's patented Direct Loading Camming Device system applies a perfectly equalized load directly onto each lobe, eliminating the risk of inactive lobes and therefore any outbalanced forces that might compromise cam placement stability. Where rock contact with four cam lobes is not possible, Totem Cam still offers the option to load just two lob […]
With a lot of routes in the Lakes not getting climbed enough, Arc'teryx wanted to remind people that the climbing here is still some of the best in the UK. With the help of local shops, Needle Sports and The Climbers Shop we put together a list of 50 classic routes that need reviving.
The 2014 IFSC Boulder World Championships were held in Munich, this August 21-23, 2014. The world's top boulderers gave their all before a crowd of more than 6,000 supporters in a suspense-filled final that came down to the last attempts of the very last problem. Britain's Shauna Coxsey came in 4th place and current British Champion Michaela Tracy […]
Stefano Ghisolfi, Italy's highest ranked competition climber, has repeated Enzo Oddo's La moustache qui fâche, 9a+, at Entraygues, not far from Briancon, France. I had a chat with Stefano. So, Stefano, you have just climbed your first 9a+. Congrats, you must be in good shape! Thanks! Yes I'm in the best shape ever! So, the route... Can you des […]
This week's Fri Night Vid is from Wild Country: Wild Country say: "James Pearson is one of the UK's premier trad climbers. In this short video he talks about how to rack gear, what gear to bring for hard trad climbing and his philosphy for hard trad. Filmed in Pembroke, the video also shows James putting his money where his mouth is with a fla […]