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
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.
This majestic ridge crest east of the bulky Mont Blanc massif though not of such great height, surpasses it in its northern and western aspects, with its wildness and elegance. The south side, though not elegant, is certainly wild, being defended by disrupted glaciers and thrusting bastions of distorted rock.
The Matterhorn (Cervin or Monte Cervino) is the epitome of the majestic peak, among the most famous mountains in the world but correspondingly overcrowded. This does not deter most climbers, and even those who think they can resist its popularity usually change their views when they actually see the mountain.