There are few areas that have as large a quantity of diverse climbing venues in such a small geographical area as North Wales. From adventurous sea cliff climbing to bolted limestone sport routes, through multi-pitch mountain missions to steep roadside bouldering, all can be easily accessed within an hour from the central mountain town of Llanberis.
The Peak District is home to the UK’s oldest national park and is steeped in climbing history, with some of the World’s earliest recorder rock climbs established on its crags and the legacy of the Kinder Trespass reminding us of the price paid by previous generations to secure open access for all to our wild spaces.
The Canadian Rockies provide what is perhaps the most extensive collection of quality ice climbs in the world, with the added bonus that the consistently cold temperatures that chill the entire mountain range mean that there is guaranteed to be ice to climb every season.
Glenmore Lodge instructor Derek Bain demonstrates how to set up your belaying area to ensure a safe, slick and practical process when on a ledge.
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Clean lines, disciplined designs, craftsmanship, technology and attention to detail are the hallmarks of Jöttnar’s garments. It produces a tightly focused range in limited volumes, allowing the founders to apply themselves personally to the minute details. It also allows them to take care of their customers in the way that they themselves would wish to be treated.
Páramo produces high performing, sustainable and ethically manufactured outdoor clothing for mountain professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Using the innovative Nikwax Analogy® waterproof fabric system, Páramo provides unrivalled comfort and effective moisture management for a variety of outdoor activities in all weather conditions, without use of fragile membrane technologies or harmful PFC treatments.
Searchable footwear, partnerships with global tyre specialists, boots that take you from the valley to the summit and back to the pub – the winter world of hiking and mountaineering footwear is a rapidly advancing technical beast. In the second of our reports from the recent ISPO outdoor trade show in Munich, we bring you five of the biggest stories …
Imagine standing on a summit that no one has stood on before, looking out over the incredible mountains of the Himalayas! This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to climb an unclimbed peak in the remote region of Rolwaling, a truly ‘off the beaten track’ region of Nepal. This is one of the seven hidden valleys of the Himalaya, on the border with Tibet …