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Arc'teryx Alpine Academy 2014

7th March 2014 | 0 comments

The Arc’teryx Alpine Arc’ademy will return to the French Alps this summer, giving novice and experienced alpinists alike the chance to learn new skills in and around home of alpine sports. Based at the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix, the three day event will run from 13 – 15 June, with multiple outdoor workshops and seminars on offer for all …

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ShAFF 2014 tickets now on sale

6th March 2014 | 0 comments

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, with more than 100 adventure sports films from award winning filmmakers set to grace the big screen. Held at the Showroom Cinema & Workstation and Sheffield Hallam University Campus, the festival will take place from 4 – 6 April with a weekend packed full of short and feature …

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Alpinists make first ascents in Nepal

8th January 2014 | 0 comments

American alpinists Scott Adamson and Christopher Wright have made first ascents of two 6500m peaks in the northwest corner of Nepal’s Khumbu region. The pair established the new routes earlier this year during a month spent on the Lunag Glacier in the Nepalese Himalaya.  After setting up base camp at 5050m on October 10, the men headed first for the …

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New 'mountain-proof' smartphone from Quechua

7th December 2013 | 0 comments

French mountain sports brand Quechua have introduced the new Phone 5’’, a smartphone developed especially for use in the mountains. Quechua describe their phone as ‘mountain-proof’, but what exactly does that mean? Well, the shock and weather resistant model features more than 30 inbuilt applications designed for trekking and mountaineering, has a quadcore 1.2 GHZ processor for fast navigation, and …

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New book recognises early women mountaineers

20th November 2013 | 0 comments

A new mountaineering title detailing the historical achievements of women mountaineers has recently been published. Written by Malcolm Craig, ‘Shackles of Convention, Women Mountaineers before 1914’, explores the contributions made by women to the early history of mountaineering, challenging the view that the sport has always been dominated by men. Craig writes how female mountaineers were largely overlooked during the …

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New from Garmin: Tactix GPS watch

30th October 2013 | 0 comments

Garmin have announced their latest bit of kit – the new Tactix GPS Navigator and ABC Watch – due for release next month. Built to withstand even the most extreme of outdoor activities, including trekking, mountaineering and even skydiving, the new black, stealth watch can handle shock and impact, with its scratch-resistant stainless steel rear casing , and it’s said …

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Doug Scott lecture to raise funds for porter welfare

14th October 2013 | 0 comments

Legendary Himalayan mountaineer Doug Scott will give a lecture this autumn detailing his lifetime of mountaineering in aid of the International Porter Protection Group and his own charity Community Action Nepal. Run entirely by volunteers, the IPPG works to improve the wellbeing of Nepalese mountain guides by ensuring they have access to clothing, boots, shelter, food, medical care and insurance. …

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BAF 2013 line-up announced

4th September 2013 | 0 comments

The line-up for this year’s Buxton Adventure Festival has recently been announced, with 10 speakers from the world of mountaineering and adventure travel set to inspire crowds. Held in the heart of the Peak District, the weekend-long event will begin on November 2 and will feature live lectures, a big screen cinema, ‘Young Adventurers’ launch evening, an outdoors photography exhibition, …

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Mountaineering Literature Competition

16th August 2013 | 0 comments

Are you an aspiring outdoor writer? Do you have a dramatic mountaineering story to tell? If so, there’s still time to enter this year’s Mountain Article Competition, run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and open to all UK residents. First established in 1987, the competition gives amateur writers the chance to see their work in print with a feature …

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First solo climb of the three Torres Del Paine in Patagonia

11th March 2013 | 0 comments

  Rab-sponsored athlete Pedro Cifuentes has become the first climber to traverse the three Torres Del Paine in Patagonia, solo and unsupported. Cifuentes faced some of the world’s harshest weather conditions, including frequent storms and high winds, to complete the long, technical and committing climb. It took 29 days on the wall and more than a 1000m of climbing to …