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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The Old Man of Hoy

The Old Man of Hoy

So a few years ago I was finishing work one thursday evening and a co-worker ask me what I was up to for the next few days, as he had some time off. When I said no plans he threw down an adventure gauntlet, did I want to climb the Old Man of Hoy? Did I ever. Two hours later we were in a car heading north, and without really trying we managed to climb…

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