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Getting Outdoors // My First Outdoor Climb

“I never thought I’d see you posting something like this.”  Helen’s friends clearly didn’t think that rock climbing would feature in her life.  Ever.  Helen provide them wrong and has the photos to show it!  If you think ‘sport isn’t for me’ or ‘climbing is only for people who are strong’, then read on…. 

I have always liked to consider myself adventurous

Everest Climbing News Summary 2016

Everest summit season started with earnest in May and is now coming to a close, having brought some outstanding climbing feats from women around the world.  There are some absolutely unbelievable stories in here, from start to finish.  I’m so excited to show these to you and to hear what you think.  Who inspires you most from this selection of wonder women?  What do you think?

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

Why should I go bouldering?

If you don’t understand bouldering, or are unsure about what it’s all about, then follow our contributor Emily Thompson on her journey of discovery, starting this week, with her thoughts on feeling like a fraud, having never been bouldering and having piles of insecurities about giving it a go.  This is a live activity – Emily is reporting on her journey as she does it, so we have no idea how it will turn out or what she will discover.  To learn more as her journey unfolds, sign up now to our newsletter and we will let you know when the next instalment is out. 

The Best British Climbers?

Last year I was asked to put together a list of climbers ‘of note’ to help a member of staff working in an outdoor centre. The centre had a series of rooms, all named after male climbers and she wanted to encourage the inclusion of notable female climbers. If you’re curious about who’s on the list, read on. You might disagree, leave us a comment if you do!

Climbing without an ACL

For my entire climbing life, I have climbed with an ACL injury.  The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments in the knee, forming a cross shape with the Posterior Cruciate Ligament. It provides crucial stability to the knee, preventing the knee from twisting and rotating.  You can find out more in this Youtube video about what the ACL is and what it does.

Background – how I tore my ACL

Climbing Injuries // Meniscus Tear Repair: Pt 1

The trials and tribulations of a meniscal repair – Knee Surgery Recovery

In August 2015 Beth Thomas went into hospital to have a repair of torn cartilage (also known as meniscus) in her left knee.  This article series is about her journey, from hospital to getting back to climbing.  Thank you to Beth for sharing.  We would love to hear your comments about her journey – please tell us what you think about her story.   

Climbing Injuries // Meniscus Tear Repair: Pt 3

In August 2015 Beth Thomas had a repair of torn cartilage (meniscus) in her left knee.  This is the final article in the series that charts her journey from hospital to getting back to climbing.  We would love to hear your comments about her journey – please tell us what you think about her story.   If you want to read the first parts you’ll find them here: Climbing Injuries // Meniscus Tear Repair: Part 1 & Part 2

Climbing after an operation

4 months on

Climbing Injuries // Meniscus Tear Repair: Pt 2

Training and Complications after Knee Surgery

In August 2015 Beth Thomas went into hospital to have a meniscus repair for torn cartilage in her left knee.  In her last article she talked about the first part of her journey to recovery and the first weeks after her meniscectomy.  Today she talks a bit about the realities of her recovery – the workarounds and the setbacks.  Tell us what you think.  If you’ve not read the previous article you can find it here: Climbing Injuries // Meniscus Tear Repair: Pt 1

In Memory of Rachel Slater

By Penny Harvey:
‘An amazing climber who never failed to inspire those she met’  

Rachel Slater CelebratingRachel Slater touched the lives of many people. She squeezed more into her 24 short years than most people even dare to dream about. She wasn’t always fearless, but she was always brave, determined, kind and humble. She believed in many people more than they dared to themselves. Her passion and her character inspired many; those of us blessed enough to call her a friend will never forget her spirit. Here are some snapshots of her life from people who will continue to honour her memory.

5 Top Tips for a newbie film maker!

 Heather Swift, winner of the 2016 Women in Adventure Film Competition with her film Kosmos, gives us some tips for newbie film-makers.  The competition will be re-launching very soon, so sign up to our newsletter today to find out about the competition first. So, you are...

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Being Deaf, Becoming a Climber

Natasha on Epitaph Corner at Hobson Moor Quarry - one of her first outdoor climbs.

By Natasha Hirst // I was a fearless child, and my favourite word was adventure.  Often to be found up a tree, racing through fields and staying out on my bike all day, I always had an affinity for the outdoors.  Sometimes though, life has a way of knocking the spirit of adventure out of you. 2015 has been my year to turn that around and release the active, carefree side of me once more.

Expedition Funding – Apply for Grants

Rebecca Coles on expedition in TajikistanBy Rebecca Coles // When I began tentatively investigating the options for funding an expedition I was organising independently, I found that there were many more grants offering support than I expected. The expedition comprised a two person team going to eastern Tajikistan and the Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. Although the destination was a bit wacky, we only planned non-technical (single ice axe) ascents of mountains. I applied for funding, and was blown away when our expedition was actually given some money.

Climbing Rocks, Women Climb

Womenclimb today launch their inspirational Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The Social Enterprise aims to raise £5,000 to fund startup costs, develop forums on their website and create a model for a sustainable business that women climbers love, making social change part of every day.

Climbing changes people’s lives and their inspirational film trailer gives you a flavour of what climbing has done for the women in the film.  With quotes from recent climbing events, the film offers a glimpse into how life changing the sport can be.

I hate the gym
Boulder problems, campus board and gym equipment at PT Hut Stockport

Boulder problems, campus board and gym equipment at PT Hut Stockport

By Emily Pitts // I’ve only ever been to a gym twice in my life and I hated every moment. I felt like a fish in goldfish bowl and a fish out of water at the same time. I couldn’t get out fast enough. In fact the last time, I actually did a runner out of a class at a Virgin Active gym after 25 minutes, because I felt like my life was seeping away, it was so boring. I hate the gym. Hate hate hate it. I hate the idea of slogging away inside, when the weather is nice outdoors. I hate the idea of ‘working out’ with a bunch of muscle bound men who want to gawp at my sweating, heaving, struggling body, while showing off their massive pecs, as I struggle away picking up a 5kg weight.

Author, Tiffany Stonemason posing in her climbing helmet at the bottom of a climbing route in Mallorca
Embracing ‘Sexy’
Author, Tiffany Stonemason posing in her climbing helmet at the bottom of a climbing route in Mallorca

Tiffany Stoneman posing and cooling down after a long old walk in! before her first multi pitch climb in Mallorca

By Tiffany Stoneman // Climbing is a complex sport. It requires stamina of body and mind, the ability to haul your weight up vertical cliffs, and the mental stability to take on huge challenges that can incur risk. It is a sport/activity/hobby that has been around for longer than you might think, and is slowly but surely coming into the mainstream as an awesome way to get fit and see the world. Not only this, but it can be hugely competitive, and these competitions are gaining an increasingly global audience, recently helped by an attempt to get sport climbing into the Olympics. Overall, climbing is a pretty badass thing to do, and the ones who do it tend to be pretty badass too!

Leah Crane // An Interview

By Jacquie Budd ‘It's important for me to have something else alongside climbing so that when I need a break, I have something else to go to…’ The name Leah Crane has always seemed synonymous with climbing. Through my 18 years of climbing there have been numerous articles...

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Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition

Congratulations to Natasha Brooks, winner of first prize and People's Choice Award in the Women in Mountain Adventure Film Competition.  The film is a beautiful exploration of her life long love of wild swimming in the lakes of Snowdonia. Thank you to every filmmaker and person...

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Emma Twyford // Interview

By Jacquie Budd //  Emma Twyford counts as one of the UKs most well-climbed climbers.  We've recently written up an Inspirational Women page about Emma and following on from this I've spoken to Emma to ask her a few questions on behalf of Womenclimb readers. [caption id="attachment_1889"...

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Submit an article to Women Climb

Our community is kept alive with your input.   No matter what your level of experience, it's likely that you have something useful to share in the community.  If you’d like to get more skilled at writing or to share your knowledge, skills or experience...

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What’s happening at Womenclimb?

Emily // Womenclimb is my passion.  I want to do it right.  Whatever right is.  I want it to be the best - the best information, the best content and the best place for women who climb, because I think that women deserve the best and...

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Vote Womenclimb as Blog of 2014

Nominated for Trespass Blog of 2014 in the Climbing category, we need your votes to win: www.trespass.com/blog-awards-voting Womenclimb is run by real women who climb year round.  We don't currently receive any income or payment for the blog - it's entirely self supported, so being nominated for...

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Becoming a Munro Bagger: Part 1

The first in our series about becoming a munro bagger.   By Beth Thomas.

After reading an article in TGO magazine early last year I decided to become a Munro bagger. This is not as creepy as it sounds. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland of a height of at least 3,000ft and there are 282!

The article in question was on the Charlie Ramsey Round, a fell run challenge covering 24 Munros in under 24 hours! However I am not a superhuman and neither was the author of the article who wrote about walking it in 4 days. Even this looked like a challenge, a beautiful, tough wild camp challenge.  It was a good 12 months before this plan came to fruition when I convinced my dutiful and just as unassuming partner to do it with me.

Day 1- Expect the unexpected!

Becoming a Munro Bagger : Part 2

Day 2 – Just because the tunnel has corners doesn’t mean the light isn’t at the end!

first nightI woke in high spirits and opened the tent door to a view, which made up for our unfortunate start. Directly facing Ben Nevis I squatted over and tried to wee into the wind (a shewee would NOT have been great in this situation! it was far too windy and I fear it would have created a sprinkler effect upon leaving the spout).

porridge

Becoming a Munro Bagger: Part 3

Day 3- The hard way may be hard but it’s so much more fun.

descent viewThe next morning we were both sore and stiff after sleeping on some awkward rocks but got going after a bowl of porridge and sultanas (and a call of nature!).  I found the first 3 hours of the day quite hard physically due to my legs being so tired from the day before and starting immediately on steep downhill loose rocks.  However, once I found my stride again it was as if my legs we reborn and I was ready for some more Munros!

Are you a climbing risk taker…?

Womenclimb contributor Bethan Thomas is doing a Masters Degree in Psychology.  Her area of study is climbing psychology and gender.  Here's the blurb about her research: Exploring the role of gender in predicting the relationship between self-efficacy, death anxiety and impulsive sensation seeking in high risk...

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A woman bouldering outdoors at The Roaches
What’s climbing all about?

Climbing means something different to everyone.  Sometimes I come across climbers who can’t get their heads around other people who only climb indoors.  Others wonder why anyone would venture outside, when you can stay warm and dry in a climbing centre.  Others still are unable...

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Get your Outdoor Adventure Story Published…

Have you got a great adventure story to tell? Ellis Brigham have teamed up with the Outdoor Adventure Guide and are offering the chance for one lucky person to have their adventure published in their next magazine. What they're after: Roughly 500 ­- 1000 words on an adventure you've...

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Why so quiet at Womenclimb??

So, things have been quiet at Womenclimb.  But why? The site started, with no content, in June 2013.  We had an inkling that women would like our site and our ideas, but we didn’t realise quite how much!!  It seems that you really love it –...

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The History of Women and Mountaineering…

Katy Stocks is a collector and researcher of women’s mountaineering literature.

A shelf full of women's mountaineering literature... a delight to see.

A shelf full of women’s mountaineering literature… a delight to see.

Her passion for women’s mountaineering writing has led to a 25 year endeavour to catalogue Women’s Mountaineering literature across the globe.  Katy’s work is an inspiration and she hopes to encourage more women to write stories, short and long, as well as poetry and biographies of the mountains, their people and the exploits.  

Gwen Moffat // Interview

Gwen Moffat is an inspiration.  She began climbing just after the war, leaving the army to live a transient life in hills, cliffs and mountains of Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and far beyond.  She became the first British female Guide.  She lived on a boat with...

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