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"
I thought I would do a short write up a bit about some routes Chris put up at Swanage last year. New routing requires you to be either very knowledgeable about a climbing area or, to be a bad-ass climber and climb the hard, more obviously unclimbed lines. Chris Weedon has the advantage of being […]Read more "Climbing new routes with Chris Weedon"
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"
The day after climbing Chere Couloir (late Jan) the weather came in cold and generally not very pleasant, the temperature dropped to -25 and it had snowed during the night. With the weather forecast looking like it was only going to get worse we had to weigh up our options. I had hoped to go down […]Read more "Cold and pain in Chamonix"
I was not expecting to go to Italy, but we (me and the seasoned climber/extreme skier Oli Lyon) decided to do a road trip and find some water fall ice to climb. We arrived in Conge on a week day evening and it was like a ghost town, the snow was falling lightly at just the rate […]Read more "Ice climbing in Conge"
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"