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  • 05 Jun 2018

    A Simple Question…

    “What type of climbing are you into” asked Franco I was at Sandy Crag in Northumberland; it was my first time there. I was with my girlfriend Marie and the local Franco Cookson who having recently moved to Newcastle has been making the most of it by putting to bed many of Northumberland’s last great lines. […]
  • 13 Aug 2017

    5 Towers : 15 Hours

    It’s impossible not to be stopped dead in your tracks by the pure awesomeness of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. When I first gazed upon them, I can remember feeling the sick uneasiness of their immense size – the idea that I would be trying to climb up one of them seemed a crazy impossibility. […]
  • 02 Aug 2017

    One Step Closer

    The Alpine trilogy are three of the European Alps’ hardest multipitches; each of them put up by a legend of the era. “Silbergeier” (8b/+, 7c+, 8a+, 7a+, 8b+, 7c+) – Beat Kammerlander “End of Silence” (7a+, 6c+, 6a+, 6a, 7b+, 7c+, 7b, 8b, 8b+, 7c+, 7a+) – Thomas Huber “Des Kaiser Neue Kleider” (6c, 7c+, 8a+, 7b+, 8b+, […]
  • 20 Jul 2017

    Tre Cime – 3 in a Day

    Climbing began in the mountains; but over the years as climbers strived to better themselves, improve and explore new styles, climbing itself evolved, changed and became an all encompassing term for so many things. Today, climbing is not just on mountains; it’s at crags and on boulders. It’s on rock, ice and plastic. It’s even […]
  • 26 Apr 2017

    Gear Geekery

    Gear Geekery… Whether you’re boulderers arguing about whether you like your Friction Labs chalk chunky or dusty; Trad climbers battling over whether Totems are superior to the new BD Camalot Lights; or Big Wallers painstakingly weighing the entirety of their haul bag to lose every excess gram possible; we’re all SUPER GEEKS when it comes to […]
  • 20 May 2016

    Yosemite – A lesson on Granite

    "AGHHHHHHHH!!!! What is happening? I can't hold on!? It's IMPOSSIBLE! How on earth do you do this!?" This was my first experience of Yosemite cracks... The second experience was much the same. And the third. And so forth... I've spent the last 10 years of my life dedicated to getting better at climbing. In the beginning it was on […]