Funding Climbing: The BMC and Commercialisation

Funding Climbing: The BMC and Commercialisation

Nearly 10 years into the Austerity and the world is starting to change. I can remember a time not that long ago that the BMC was wondering what it should do with all the money it had in its banks with a near £1 million bank balance. Ten years on and they are starting to look like they are falling on hard times. Although with 80% of the funding coming from membership subscriptions which are…

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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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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 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 12: Font Firsts

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 12: Font Firsts

So I went to font to look at the first of its grade for Font boulder problems. Whilst the first few were OK if a little terrifying, the middle grade felt easier before I was shut down on the first 7a! Fontainebleau Coaching Holidays We offer some amazing technique coaching holidays based around Fontainebleau and the bouldering there. We love these courses and the climbing is so intense that your technique will improve exponentially during…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 11: Stanage and Putrell’s Chimneys

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 11: Stanage and Putrell’s Chimneys

Stanage and the gritstone in general is an amazing place to climb. With short often intense pitches of climbing it is a beginner and experts playground alike. In this video I repeated the first routes ever climbed there. Stanage Grit Trips and UK Trad Course Although the author and maker of the video content on this site is based in North Wales he offer course across the UK and the world. In particular he offers…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 10: Weighing the Earth

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 10: Weighing the Earth

Historic and Classic Mountains walks are two a penny in the Wales, Scotland and the Lake District. On this walk I recount how the mountain was used to weigh the earth. If you’d like help to discover these remote and beautiful places then maybe we can help. Guided Mountain Walks across the UK We offer guided walks and mountain scrambles across the UK. Whether it be to climb a historically famous peak like Schehallion in…

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