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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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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Your Dream Job: How to Become Climbing Coach

Your Dream Job: How to Become Climbing Coach

I am lucky enough to have my dream job as a climbing coach. There are many reasons I love this job, first off I am out doing the thing I love as often as possible, secondly, I love to teach and develop people at any level of climbing and thirdly I get to meet real people and in doing so learn and develop as much about myself as a climbing coach as I help them. How…

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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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Costa Blanca for the sub 6a Climber

Costa Blanca for the sub 6a Climber

Given the near constant influx of climbing media where some climbing wad is scaling a seemingly blank and overhanging face of limestone in a sun drenched corner of Europe, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Euro-sport climbing is only for the elite. That simply is not the case and the sooner you see the light the better, as not only is it possible to beat this god awful weather, but it is not that expensive either. In a…

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The Moroccan Tango: Todra Gorge

The Moroccan Tango: Todra Gorge

It has been a while since I stepped foot into a genuine developing country, given that its been seen wrong to describe these places as third world for a long time. Morocco to me at least, seems on the brink of growing into a fully developed nation. Although by whose definition it isn’t is a debatable point? Should we judge another country by our own standards, can we not accept that not every bludgeoning nation…

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