Situated between two tiny towns in Valais, Collonges and Dorénaz at the foot of the imposing Dents de Morcles, is the small but oh-so-sweet bouldering sector L’Enclave. Although just two rocks, the quality and difficulty of the problems make it well worth a visit.
With Mammut recently issuing their new 2018 equipment revisions, you can pick up some of the older models on deal from quite a few shops. One of these items is the Crag Indicator Quickdraw (Green) which can be found for as low as EUR 45 for a set of 5 on Amazon. Are these worth picking up?
Love it or hate it Plagne in the canton of Bern is one of the most convenient climbing walls in the Region. With easy access and an unbelievable amount of routes, both sport and multi-pitch, it is an easy fall-back destination but comes with the drawback of being close to a major stone quarry (read noise), a unique technical climbing style and some questionable rock quality. I recently visited the sector Kamasutra and was positively impressed with what I found.
If you find yourself bouldering alone every now and then, or doing particularly scary high-ball problems, Black Diamond has you covered with their Mondo crash pad. This mega sized mat will set you back a fair few dollars, so is what you are getting worth it, considering some cheaper alternatives from Ocún and Edelrid exist?
Here’s my take on the best climbing and bouldering halls in Berlin. The main takeaway here: for a city whose highest point is only 80m (Teufelsberg) and otherwise flat, there is no shortage of awesome places to practice the hobby we love!
The Berlin bouldering scene has really flourished over the last few years. Where once there used to only be the few usual suspects to practice it feels like a new hall is opening every other year in the city. One of my favourite places to visit is Berta Block. Its unique combination of size, variety and quality problems keep me coming back.
The Swiss town of Interlaken is a sporting utopia of sorts. From sky diving and mountaineering to sailing, the options cover the gamut of air, ground and water activities. Nestled in between some of the most imposing and famous mountains of the Swiss Alps and with a direct view of the infamous Eiger, it also makes and ideal starting point to reach various climbing locations across the Canton of Bern.
Hiroshima city has two climbing halls, pb climbing near Yokogawa station and Cero Climbing just East of Hiroshima station in Mokage. With some time to spare, I dropped by Cero climbing to see what was on offer, and was pleasantly surprised!
North of Ueno park and tucked away behind the Nishi-Nippori Metro station in Tokyo is the charming little bouldering gym of Rhino & Bird. Making your way from the station to the gym, you’ll think you may have strayed along the wrong path as you criss-cross the back yards of traditional Japanese houses, which makes eventually finding this gym such a pleasant surprise.
Japan has always been keen on climbing, but a recent string of strong performances in competitive bouldering and climbing as well as the continued exploits of Dai Koyamada, Yuji Hirayama and Ashima Shiraishi has seen the sport garner a lot of interest, as Japan works its way to climbing’s first official Olympic debut in 2020. Unsurprisingly, Tokyo has seen a number of gyms spring up across the wider city area to profit from this trend. The T-Wall company runs 5 gyms around Tokyo. For this review, I visited the Shinbashi store to get in a little practice during my holiday.