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.
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!
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.
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.