Trad and Sport Climbing Adventures in Picos De Europa

Trad and Sport Climbing Adventures in Picos De Europa

Nearly everyone has heard of Roca Verdi now, the northern area of Spain that has a lush green feel to it. The impression many get is that it is a just another clip up destination in Spain. To go there for clipping bolts though is to totally miss the point of the area, as it is the adventure climbing that the area should bec.ome known for, sunny alpine rock climbing. An almost perfect place for…

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Scrambles in Snowdonia

Scrambles in Snowdonia

Whilst fairly small on the scale of mountain ranges, Snowdonia packs a lot into its size. In part due to its history, whereby the ground was folded upwards many hundreds of thousands of years ago to give a massive upland region. The subsequent ice age and glacial erosion have given the area much of its shape and with it some of the best scrambling in the UK. Certainly some of the easiest to access scrambles….

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Classic Crags: The Old Man of Hoy

Classic Crags: The Old Man of Hoy

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to climb the Old Man of Hoy, via the classic route. I wrote an article that was butchered in Gravity magazine as well as made a short video. If any of you read the gravity article you might not have realised they inadvertently cut out half the text from the middle, I also have a topo, video and pictures. Stacked Up Years ago I saw an…

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Cirque of the Unclimabables: The Lotus Flower Tower

Cirque of the Unclimabables: The Lotus Flower Tower

Over the years having visited many places to rock climb the question of the best route often crops up. For me, there has always been one route that has stood out as the best I have ever climbed, The Lotus Flower in the Cirque of the Unclimbables, Canada. In part because of its quality and in part because of its remoteness. Above all its lengths means that for a fit team of climbers it is…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 21: Otzi The Iceman

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 21: Otzi The Iceman

Otis was one of the first mountaineers, or certainly proof that man was traveling through the mountains of the Alp many years ago. I went here in 2015 to find the place he was found. What I discovered was that Otzi would have been well above the snowlike, as he was found in a Glacier. However so indicative of the times this has since melted. Follow in the footsteps of Otzi the Iceman We offer…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 20: Egger Route Tre Cima

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 20: Egger Route Tre Cima

The Dolomites are an amazing place and whilst I might not recommend the Egger Route, there are many neighbouring climbs that are amazing from the Classic Yellow Edge up the same tower as this to the even more impressive Comici route on the North Face. Not to mention the many other great routes in the immediate area. So whether you want to go on an amazing walk, via ferrata or rock climb let Vertical Life…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 19: Via Ferrata and WW1

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 19: Via Ferrata and WW1

In my round the world quest to explore climbing rich history I visited the dolomite to see the home of Via Ferrata’s that were built to help defend the front line between Italy and Austria. Dolomite Via Ferrata Adventure Week The Dolomites have some of the worlds greatest Via Ferratas, we offer bespoke guided trips to some of the very best of them. This week will see you cover some very impressive terrain, with much…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 18: Cliffhanger on Vajolet Towers

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 18: Cliffhanger on Vajolet Towers

Have you ever watched cliffhanger? Who hasn’t to be honest. Well the right hand tower was climb in the 1890’s solo by a 17 year old school boy. SO following in his footsteps I headed there to solo the route. I scared myself here, so much I stopped soloing these historic routes and instead headed straight to Chamonix to go bouldering and sports climbing with a friend. Cliffhanger Adventure in the Vajolet Tower Have you…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 17: Mount Augille

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 17: Mount Augille

Mount Aiguille was one of the first mountains climbed for its own sake. Although really it was the whim of the king. Whilst it was really a via ferrata/climbing frame in parts. Today it is a great semi-equipped via ferrata. Guided Ascents of Mount Aiguille This peak will only take you one day to climb and is found just outside Grenoble in the Pre-alps. It is an impressive peak. It features an exposed and airy…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

The South Face of Naranga Del Bulnes is one of the greatest easy routes in the world. At hard severe it is within the reach of most people. Similarly the North Face via the Ramada-Navarro is one of the greatest F6 grade routes with two early pitches of F6c, which are essentially just a difficult move or two you can pull through with 6a climbing or below after that to the summit. We like the…

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