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.


Natalie Berry - screenshot from Transition

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Video: Master Kush (7C+) at Rivelin

I managed to pop out for a quick lunchtime climb the other day, in between work, and came back with a couple of really fun problems. The crag of choice was Rivelin Edge, a great little crag close to Sheffield. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

ShAFF review: Sherpa

The last three climbing seasons on Mount Everest have been tragic. In 2013, a massive confrontation erupted between western climbers and Nepalese guides working on the mountain. In 2014, an avalanche killed 16 Nepali people, mostly Sherpas, resulting in the end of climbing for the year. In 2015, a major earthquake killed over 8,000 people in Nepal, including many on Everest due to a subsequent avalanche. 

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Video: Submergence at Burbage North

Hanging Rib portion of Submergence at Burbage North, Peak District

Cold, dry weather finally came to the Peak District last weekend. It was even clear blue skies - perfect. So it was unfortunate my immune system was waging a microscopic war with a cold virus, leaving me sofa bound on Saturday. It gave me time to review a couple of films to be shown at the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival from 11-13 March, which was a good thing, but kept me away from the elusive grit stone, which is a bad thing.