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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The Evolution of Climbing Gear #5 – The Cam

The Evolution of Climbing Gear #5  – The Cam

In the first piece in this series I talked of beautiful patterns in nature and the cam is a perfect representation of this. As it is built from a logarithmic spiral, which can be described as a simple equation but it also appears everywhere in nature. Like the shape of a storm systems viewed from space or the galaxies themselves as they spiral out into nothingness. Leonardo Da Vinci used them in his painting to…

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The Evolution of Climbing Gear #4 – The Rope Revolution: From Hemp to Nylon

The Evolution of Climbing Gear #4  – The Rope Revolution: From Hemp to Nylon

Fred Hall one of the directors and equipment designers at DMM named Nylon as the single most important invention for rock climbing equipment. If you just spend a minute thinking about what relies on nylon in climbing equipment, then answer is a lot. Yet until the early part of the last century we had yet to understand the synthetic polymer, we were to a certain extent limited just a few natural materials that could be…

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The Evolution of Climbing Gear #1 – Hemp, Hobnails and the Humble Karabinerhacken

The Evolution of Climbing Gear #1 – Hemp, Hobnails and the Humble Karabinerhacken

The world is made up of beautifully interlinked patterns, something that may well come down to a freak of nature that means everything can be explained by a not so easy to solve equation. Although maybe I am wrong and some form of deity wrote that equation. What I find undeniable is how that ‘nature’ has found a way through near infinite and infinitesimal steps of evolution, to steadily climb mount improbable to place where…

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