The Nose, on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley is probably one of the most famous big wall routes in the world. Climbers probably know the infamous story of the valley and of Lynn Hill‘s first free ascent in 1993. But to truly understand the magnitude of that feat and put it in context of modern day climbing is difficult for most of us normal climbing enthusiasts. This is where Jorg Verhoeven‘s video of his free ascent in 2014 really puts this climb into perspective.
Every climber is looking to improve, get that little bit stronger, tick off that one elusive project. But just how do you go about building an effective training plan that enables you to successfully work towards your goals? Just rocking up to the hall and doing your thing sometimes doesn’t cut it. Preparing for a future trip to Tonsai, Thailand had me dig out some old gems from Neil Gresham on structured training. If you too are looking to switch up your training routine, you may find these useful!
Vertic Halle is located just a few kilometres from Martigny in the canton of Valais (Wallis). This climbing gym has been around for a number of years now, but a recently opened bouldering extension has drawn some wider attention to this otherwise out-of-the-way location.
Recent news that the Cobra Crack was climbed by two British Climbers had me pull up the old video of Sonnie Trotter’s first ascent of the infamous Cobra Crack. A classic video, with some very inspired climbing, check it out. Cobra Crack is a 5.14 traditional crack climb in Squamish, British Columbia, Canada. Read here and here for further information about the region.
France – For its sheer beauty alone, the Tarn is worthy of a climbing visit. The canyon is covered with lush vegetation and is a sight to behold during spring and autumn, when nature paints the forest in a mix of bright colours, reflected in the swirling currents of the river which cuts its way through the winding valley. I’ve been to the Tarn on three occasions and each time I have noticed an increasing amount of climbers. With over 500 sport routes on top quality limestone, the gorge is fast becoming one of France’s premier climbing locations. The Gorges […]
Spain – Rodellar is probably one of the most impressive climbing sites that I’ve been to in Europe. With over 300 sport routes featuring a variety of breathtaking limestone walls, the canyon is a unique peaceful get-a-way nestled in the Sierra de Guarra, far from the bustle of everyday Spanish life. The climbing here is long and powerful combing a mixture of overhanging crags and deep caves. While at first glimpse daunting, you’ll find yourself in climbing heaven when you experience the quality of the lines that have been put up. Rodellar is situated between the towns of Huesca and […]
Spain – Siurana has been much talked about in the climbing news lately, due to the activity seen on La Rambla Extension (9a+) by such climbers as perennial strong man Chris Sharma and Czech Wunderkind Adam Ondra. But even for those mortals among us, Siurana offers a perfect destination for a climbing vacation. With over 600 sport routes, there is plenty to do and much to see. And when you experience the breathtaking Siurana sunset after a hard days climbing, you may just find yourself extending your holiday for a couple more weeks. The tiny village of Siurana can be […]
Germany – Just a few kilometres per car north of the city Münster lies the beautiful Teutoburger Wald forest. It stretches over many miles of terrain, from Lower Sachsony to North-Rhine-Westphalia state, and is home to plenty of outdoor sports such as hiking and mountain biking. It also attracts many tourists and weekend walkers who take advantage of the limitless amounts of trails that the forest has to offer. As luck would have it, the forest is also home to a number of great climbing routes and some fantastic boulder problems. The Dörenther Klippen area can be found between the […]