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"
Ok – so Oli Lyon and I arrived in Yosemite for what was to be a month long trip and we started out hitting up a few shorter valley routes, a bit of sport climbing and we were struggling to adjust to the style of climbing – we needed something to toughen us up a bit. […]Read more "Free climbing on The Nose"
Living in Yosemite as a climber is not overly straight forward. Firstly you are limited to the amount of time you can stay in the valley (2 weeks) and especially Camp 4. To stay at Camp 4 when it is busy requires you to que up at the site enterence at 5am to try and […]Read more "Yosemite valley life & road tripping"
I am in the middle of training for an attempt to free climb El Capitan via the Free Rider route. The route has sections of E7 climbing which is basically as hard as I can realistically climb normally but after perhaps 4 to 5 days of climbing and general tiredness gained from living on the […]Read more "Training to free climb El Cap"
Hydration is always a major issue when doing extended periods of exercise; dehydration can cause severe drops in physical and mental capabilities, slow you down and exacerbate the problem. There are usually guidelines quoted telling you how much water you need based on activities and conditions but what most people tend to over-look is techniques […]Read more "Five tips for hydration efficiency"
As part of our three week trip to the valley we wanted to climb the Regular route on Half Dome. After resting from speed climbing the Leaning Tower we geared up and got ready to hike up to the base of Half Dome. We went up the death-slab route which, although steep and pretty arduous with […]Read more "Half Dome in a day"
The West Face of The Leaning Tower, North Americas biggest over-hanging rock face, was an obvious choice for a speed ascent during our short trip to Yosemite (November 2010). Our plan was for me to lead the first half and Oli to lead the second half. The ‘average ascent’ time is 3 days, but we were […]Read more "The Leaning Tower in a day"
In mid October (2010) I was climbing in the Peak District with Oli Lyon (who was spending a time in the UK between Ski seasons). I mentioned that I actually hoped to get to Yosemite this year, but I planned to give it a shot in 2011. He suggested that we could go this year […]Read more "Surprise trip to Yosemite & 1st big-wall speed ascent"