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 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 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 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 16: Picos Du Europa 3: South face of Urielleu

The South Face of Naranga Del Bulnes is one of the greatest easy routes in the world. At hard severe it is within the reach of most people. Similarly the North Face via the Ramada-Navarro is one of the greatest F6 grade routes with two early pitches of F6c, which are essentially just a difficult move or two you can pull through with 6a climbing or below after that to the summit. We like the…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 15: Picos Du Europa 2

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 15: Picos Du Europa 2

These were two towers we climbed just by Fuente Du. A cable car gives rapid and easy access to these high Picos routes. Picos De Europa Adventure Climbing Holidays We are offering week long adventure climbing holidays to the Picos De Europa for £800 a person, this includes valley accommodation (Nut mountain huts) and transport in the area. We would suggest that you book two weeks to get the most out of this amazing area. These…

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Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 14|: Picos Du Europa 1

Round the World in 40 Climbs: Episode 14|: Picos Du Europa 1

Picos De Europa Adventure Climbing Hoidays We are offering week long adventure climbing holidays to the Picos De Europa for £800 a person, this includes valley accommodation (Nut mountain huts) and transport in the area. We would suggest that you book two weeks to get the most out of this amazing area. These course are run in conjunction with sunnier climbs so features coaching, so this is not just a guided adventure. Instead we will coach you to…

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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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