This is me waking up 1000ft up on El Cap’s North America Wall. I am not overly psyched. Although you cannot see it in the photo, at this point I was being blasted by ice cold wind, being showered with bits of ice and I had a knee that had seized up. My psyche level […]Read more "Big-wall solo"
Should climbing be an Olympic sport? Apparently last week some guy at the ‘International Federation of Sport Climbing’ (whatever that is) announced that they are putting forward a multi discipline format to the IOC in with the hope that a sugar-coated spectator-friendly approach to climbing will help them pick climbing as an Olympic sport. It […]Read more "The case against climbing becoming an Olympic sport"
My aim was to go for about a week, alone, live in a snow hole in a self-sufficient manner and climb some routes on the Tacul Triangle and, if that went well, hit up some bigger steep routes on the back of the Mt. Blanc Massif. At the time I did not really realise it […]Read more "Solo in the Winter Alps"
There are many subtle things that climbing teaches you, beyond using gear and climbing technique, that I feel can help you live a better life. As with climbing the bigger the challenge the more (and faster) you learn; there are some interesting parallels between being successful on big routes and doing well in life.Read more "What big-wall climbing teaches you about life"
This is a video put together by the talented Mr.Oli Lyon about our recent trip to Yosemite. Featuring Serenity & Sons, Astroboy, The Great Escape, Free Blast, Separate Reality & Free Rider. Supported by Rab & English Braids (static ropes). Enjoy! Highest definition recommended.Read more "VIDEO: Yosemite with Oli Lyon"
Over ninety percent of all of my mountaineering experience has been gained from climbing on Mount Blanc in January. The first time I donned crampons in anger it was walking off Aguille de Midi January 3rd 2004 after a night sleeping rough in Chamonix. In the following few days I learnt a lot about living in the cold […]Read more "Winter Alps; tips for dealing with altitude & extreme cold"
If you have ever had the pleasure of your calves being so pumped out that you have to hang on your axes to de-pump or when the idea of taking a 60ft fall is tempting just so you would be able to sit for a while – you will understand why when I try to […]Read more "Calf training for winter climbing"