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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Creagh Dhu Wall

Creagh Dhu Wall

By the traditional standards of rock climbing in Wales, given that it has been at the forefront of the development of climbing since the 1800s, Tremadog is a relatively new kid on the block. As it was mainly developed from the 1950’s onwards, making it very much a post-war climbing area. The story goes that is was discovered during a snowy easter back in 1951, climbers in search of some climbable rock headed out of…

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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: Dinas Cromlech

Classic Crags: Dinas Cromlech

Whilst many crags in Llanberis Pass are strafed with quality routes and stunning lines, none quite match the beauty of the open book corner of Dinas Cromlech, home a selection of best routes across the grades in this Valley, if not the UK. Spiral Stair For Beginners there is both Spiral Stairs and Flying Buttress, both outstanding outings at the VDiff grade. Flying Buttress was first ascended by Menlove Edwards, a notable homosexual and pioneer…

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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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Classic Crags: Rainbow Slab

Well I feel that I am getting carried away with this best crag in the world idea, as North Wales seems to have way more than its fair share of these iconic and classic crags. I find it hard to see any gritstone crags that ‘stand out’ whilst there seem to be many crags that do in North Wales. I have been suffering from George Smithitus, in that I have failed to travel abroad or…

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Classic Crags: Dinas Mot

Classic Crags: Dinas Mot

I have to admit that there was no way I could have gotten away with describing Dinas Mot as one of the best crags in the world, However it is a classic venue for rock climbing, although probably not this time of year, as it rarely gets the sun during the summer let alone the winter. However I took a crag shot the other day, and threw together this topo. Basically Dinas Mot is a…

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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 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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