Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Climbing Domes at Rowtor Rocks (video)

Thanks to a spate of good weather recently, I've been climbing outside a lot in the evenings after work. Spring brings with it light and the temperatures aren't usually too high. This excess of rock grappling - specifically, with warm gritstone - has taken its toll on my hands.



Thursday, 5 May 2016

A Curbar Circuit


I've always enjoyed boulder problem circuits to keep fitness up but more for the simple pleasure of climbing on rocks. All too often we get bogged down with a project, or just go outside to climb our hardest, but stringing together boulders you've climbed dozens of times before and going for mileage can be just as much fun as getting that elusive difficult tick. 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Five days climbing in Fontainebleau forest


Five days climbing in Fontainebleau forest is a pretty good way to relax, I'd say. Our sixth day was a washout, which preceded a week of stormy weather, so we were very lucky to get sunshine for the majority of our time camping, hauling, hiking and climbing around the forest. I feel for those who travelled out for Easter week.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Outdoor City showing its colours - ShAFF & CWIF

What an outdoorsy weekend! Sheffield really showed itself off as The Outdoor City with the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and the Climbing Works International Festival kicking things up several gears. In the showroom cinema you had the greatest selection of adventure and adrenaline fuelled films since... well... ever. And at the Climbing Works a strong field of domestic and international climbing phenoms battled it out for the CWIF Crown.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

ShAFF review: A Line Across The Sky

Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell on the Fitz Traverse

Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold are the two most famous climbers in the world (I think I'm safe making that statement). Tommy is most well-known for climbing the Dawn Wall, a feat that resulted in a personal call of congratulations from Barrack Obama, catapulting him to worldwide fame while simultaneously being stuck into a two-week siege with the mega-climb. Alex Honnold is known for his solo-climbing, scaling El Cap multiple times in a day without any protection, certain death awaiting him should he make a mistake or a freak accident occur. Such derring-do has built a reputation that mass media have flocked around.

Monday, 29 February 2016

ShAFF review: Transition & Frank And The Tower

Trad climbing is much the same the world over - but it means many different things to many different people. Two films being shown at this year's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) could not highlight this in much starker contrast.

Transition


Natalie Berry - screenshot from Transition