Thursday, 11 February 2016

ShAFF review: High and Mighty

Jimmy Webb climbing Livin' Large in Rocklands, South Africa

A few years ago, Outcrop Films released a great feature-length production, called Life On Hold, containing highball boulder problems from around the UKHighballing seemed like a natural progression on the North's grit and sandstone crags, cutting out the gear and climbing former trad routes over stacks of pads. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Review of Rock Queen - Catherine Destivelle's autobiography

Catherine Destivelle
Legendary French climber and alpinist Catherine Destivelle recently gave a talk at the Women's Climbing Symposium, at Sheffield's Climbing Works, and being a man I wasn't allowed to attend.

Monday, 18 January 2016

2016 grit climbing - get it while you can

You can count the number of times I've climbed on grit in 2016 on just two fingers. That's right - twice. The first was New Year's day and the second was the Saturday just gone, 16th January. Grit season indeed. Shambles. Not of my own doing, unfortunately, as this would be less frustrating, but entirely because it has hardly stopped raining. You've seen the headlines - we're becoming amphibious.

The British are evolving to meet their climatic conditions

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Review of One Man's Everest by Kenton Cool

I heard Kenton Cool talk of his adventures at the Buxton Adventure Festival in November and was immediately inspired. I've never been alpine climbing but after hearing Cool (as well as support speaker Heather Geluk) I wanted to don the crampons and head into the mountains.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Getting shut down on Peak District grit stone. Love it.

The weather around the Peak District, and the rest of the UK for that matter, has been truly awful of late. Before the weekend just gone, the last time I touched gritstone was November 1st. The reason I remember the date so clearly was because it was around 20°C - in November.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Tarantula & Terrace - One Lime, One Grit (video)

What is British limestone to you? To me it's small holds, sharp crimps and a friction coefficient of polished steel. The total opposite to gritstone. In close proximity to Sheffield, we have both in abundance, which works well for the climbing community at large. Cold winters are the time for grit while sweaty summers lean towards the lime.

Do you ever feel like you're being watched? Autumn in Burbage Valley

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

One week in Fontainebleau - bouldering at its finest

Fontainebleau Climbs

Fontainebleau is a playground for people like me. It's hard not to run around and try to climb everything you come across. Walking through famous areas like Bas Cuvier and Isatis, the boulders just scream out to be climbed.