Ascent of Man – Romance, Religion and Botany

Ascent of Man – Romance, Religion and Botany

It may seem crazy that we first needed a reason to go into the mountains before we could master them and it is that journey to mastery that I am charting in this series. Small and subtle steps up the evolutionary slopes of mount improbable. One of the most influential eras in our history was the Romantic Movement. Not because it pushed climbing standards forwards, but because of the message that was hidden in the…

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North Wales Climbs – Episode 4 – Conquering Lliwedd

North Wales Climbs – Episode 4 – Conquering Lliwedd

In the fourth episode of this mini series on the history of North Wales Climbs we explore the first ascent of the East Buttress of Lliwedd. One of the biggest and most intimidating cliffs in the UK. This is an amazing 1200ft high buttress and one of the highest in the UK. In this video I climbed Horned Crag Route, I forgot my GoPro on the day so was ‘force’ to climb it whilst filming…

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North Wales Climbs – Episode 3 – Oscar Eckenstein

North Wales Climbs – Episode 3 – Oscar Eckenstein

The third episode of the history of North Wales Climbing, this video is about Oscar Eckenstein. A lesser known climber but one who made some fantastic contributions to not only North Wales but climbing and mountaineering in general. You can find out more about him in the Evolution of Climbing Gear articles on this site, including inventing the first decent crampon. He also coached people on climbing movement of these the Eckenstein Boulders.

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North Wales Climbs – Episode 2 – From Gullies to Buttresses

North Wales Climbs – Episode 2 – From Gullies to Buttresses

In this episode we look at the contribution of Archer Thompson, who was the first climber to dare to move out of the confines of the gullies and instead take to the buttress. His route First Pinnacle Ridge is a classic rock climb to this day. Here we ascend that route and the formidable and often avoided Thompson Chimney, before descending down one Little/North Gully.

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Llanberis Pass Bouldering: The Wavelength Circuit

Llanberis Pass Bouldering: The Wavelength Circuit

For many Bouldering in the Llanberis Pass has been confined to the famous Cromlech Boulder, which are something of a roadside attraction. Whilst the bouldering there is fun, accessible and sociable, the climbing is a long way from the best in this iconic climbing valley has to offer. Only heading beyond a stones throw away from the road do you find the very best of the Pass bouldering. The highest concentration of classic problems and…

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Ogwen: A Novice Navana Unchained

Ogwen: A Novice Navana Unchained

The time is brutal o’clock, the sun has yet to pop even a toe over the horizon and we are already moving in our 6ft bubble of light. Walking at first but we know what the day holds for us, so we have a spring in our step. As we zig-zag up to the col we look down into the back of the Carneadau as dawn is starting to stir. We laugh at the four…

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Cliff Assault on West Penwith

Cliff Assault on West Penwith

Land’s End is about as far away from anywhere as John O’Groats, and driving the A30 can feel like some form of purgatory at the end of long drive just to get to Exeter, but rest assured the rewards are exponentially better than the suffering. Stuck out on the end of the limb is West Penwith made up of rugged bullet hard Granite Cliffs, seperated by some of the most stunning beaches, harbours and coastline…

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Bouldering Circuit Destination: Caseg Fraith in the Ogwen Valley

Bouldering Circuit Destination: Caseg Fraith in the Ogwen Valley

I have recently decided that I have an awful job. In that every few months I get asked to put together a bouldering circuit in and around North Wales. Preferably one that hasn’t been cover either here or elsewhere for a long time. Over time this has become harder and harder as believe it or not there is only as limited amount of quality bouldering circuits to choose from. This months I was faced with…

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