The summer is drawing to a close and many of us are now looking forward to an October week or winter-sun retreat. Sunny sport climbing is a popular way to beat the UK winter blues, with the number of world-wide destinations growing year upon year. Choosing the right destination, crags, routes, equipment and knowing what to expect from the trip and from yours […]
Alexander Megos has made the first ascent of Supernova, 9a+/b, at the very steep Planetarium in Frankenjura. The crux comes at the steepest part of the already very steep route and requires extreme fingerstrength and core tension. I guess that's true for most routes at this level of difficulty, but still. The route is around 18 meters long and doesn […]
The annual British Lead and Speed Championships and the final round of the BMC/MCofS Junior Lead Cup and IFSC Paraclimbing Cup took place at Awesome Walls Sheffield this weekend. With more entries than the previous year, the competition saw juniors, seniors, veterans, speed climbers and paraclimbers competing together to crown the national champions and Para […]
Tonight's Friday Night Video follows on nicely from our recent article 'The Occasional Alpinist's Guide to the Cassin.' In this video, Keith Ball documents two climbs on the granite peak of the Piz Badile in Bregaglia on the Swiss-Italian border, including The People's Direct and the most popular route on the north-east face, the Cas […]
Ed Booth and Angus Kille both made an ascent of Leo Houlding's [climb(143963,"Rare Lichen")] E9 6c on 28th September. Rare Lichen is a tricky arete described in the UKC logbooks as consisting of "technical insecure climbing in a position where a fall would have awful consequences."