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Author: Emily Pitts

The lowdown: Anodised Climbing Gear
Climbing Gear on an Alpkit Bouldering matt

A trad rack of assorted anodised and non-anodised nuts, cams, slings, carabiners and more!

Is there a difference between anodised and non-anodised climbing gear?  If you’ve been into a climbing shop recently or been trad climbing you will probably have seen loads of nuts hanging around – some just silver and others in bright shiny colours.  The coloured ones may look very nice, but why would you spend extra money on anodised climbing nuts or anodised friends/ camming devices?

WCS 2016 comes to Manchester

[caption id="attachment_2445" align="alignright" width="300"] Having great fun at the 2015 Women's Climbing Symposium in Sheffield[/caption] This is, without a doubt, the best climbing event in the UK.  Organisers of the go-to event for female climbers, the Women's Climbing Symposium, have announced their 2016 venue as Manchester's newest...

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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.

Climbing to ease back pain

Stunning scenery – the dream landscape for fell runners

Climbing is very special. I find it is particularly good for easing back pain, especially upper back pain.  The golden rule of back pain for many syndromes is to move no matter what (never surrender). Backs can be really contorted and mishandled on climbing walls and generally they don’t seem to mind. Bad backs like it…they get better, well mine does.

In my mind I’m a fell runner, a long distance ultra marathon runner covering 50 miles a day, me effortlessly jogging along under blue sky and stars…

In truth, the body just isn’t having any of it.  It’s hard not to be a fell runner in Chinley, heart of the Peak District, mecca for runners and cyclists and all things outdoors, but in my world the ligaments are too loose to allow any strenuous activity without the joints going out of shape.

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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Women in Adventure Film Competition

If you want inspiration, look no further.  This year’s BMC Women in Adventure Film Competition, supported by Womenclimb & ShAFF, has raised the bar.

Here are the top 4 films, plus Girlie & Burly, winner of the People’s Choice Award, most viewed on BMCtv:

Image from the front of the book Savage Summit, by Jennifer Jordan
Savage Summit // Book Review
Savage Summit // Author Jennifer Jordan.   This book is sensational.  For anyone interested in the history of high altitude climbing or in pushing themselves further in any area of life it’s a must read book.  Savage Summit tells the story of K2, the killer mountain, and it’s relationship with the first five women who achieved the accolade of reaching its peak.
Women to summit K2 – first five ascents 
  1. Wanda Rutkiewicz   23. June 1986
  2. Lillian Berrard   23. June 1986
  3. Julie Tullis   10. August 1986
  4. Chantal Maudit   3. August 1992
  5. Alison Hargeaves   13. August 1995

Savage Summit charts the lives of these five remarkable mountaineers.  To say it is compelling is an understatement.  I couldn’t put it down.

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.

Operation Moffat // Film Review

By Emily Thompson // I’ve been hiking up mountains most of my life and as such have a passion for reading and seeing films about other people’s adventures and achievements. Unfortunately these are frequently dominated by men, most of whom are household names and well sponsored, enabling them to carve out careers in mountaineering and climbing.

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.

Rules of Life // by Michelle Mudhar

There are religious books, self help books, there is even Jeremy Kyle. Everyone seems to have a take on how to live life, and which rules to follow. Like many, I prefer to have a loose framework to live my life by. I don’t really have a particular ideology to follow.

two roads diverged in a wood and took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost.  This quote is with a picture of Michelle in a wood.

Michelle’s outlook on life through the lens of climbing

Climbing appeals to me as a sport because it too has a basic framework/set of rules to use. The laws of physics don’t change and I can solve problems using those laws to progress. The ironic part is that elements of climbing are all about breaking those rules. Taking that lead fall when you know its safe, but the rules say it’s dangerous: climbing past a clip because it’s easier to climb past it than clip in an awkward position; taking risks when you can just as easily walk away. Climbing has taught me so much about how to live my life.

Women’s Climbing Symposium is back!!

If you’ve never been to WCS this is the year!  Put 17th October 2015 in your diary and book your WCS tickets now, before they all sell out.  This year sees an absolutely stellar line-up at the Women’s Climbing Symposium, which takes place at the Climbing Works in Sheffield on Saturday 17th October.  We have no vested interest in promoting the event, other than it looks like the best collection of female climbers, together, in the same place, in the world, EVER!  And they will be coaching, inspiring, entertaining and supporting you to climb more, to climb better and to dream higher.  You can get your tickets on the Women’s Climbing Symposium website.  If you’re still not convinced check out the line up:

Women’s Night – Big Rock Milton Keynes

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 17.24.33The awesome Big Rock Climbing Centre, Milton Keynes, will be hosting a Women Only evening on the 26th September 2015 as part of the This Girl Can campaign. The center will be entirely staffed by women for the evening and will be staying open after normal hours from 7pm to 9pm, with the whole center open for experienced climbers and those who want to have a taster in an all female environment. The social climbing team will be on hand for those experienced climbers who need a belay whilst Taster Sessions will be running for those new to the sport.

WCS Meetup // Friday 16. Oct 6.30-9pm

Women’s Climbing Symposium 2015 is fast approaching.  On Friday night we at Womenclimb are running a meetup at The Climbing Works.  If you’re coming to WCS on your own then this is a great opportunity to meet others who will be there on Saturday.  This will be a friendly meetup where you can have a boulder if you fancy, or just stay for a cuppa and meet others who are going on Saturday.  If you’ve never been to The Works this is a great chance to familiarise yourself with the place prior to Saturday’s event.

Train for Climbing // FREE event

Do you ever feel like:

  • You’re not fit enough for climbing?

  • You’ve hit a climbing plateau?

  • You’d like to train with others in a more social environment?

  • You feel out of place in a standard gym?

  • You don’t feel comfortable training on your own?

  • You don’t have other women to climb with?

This session could be for you:

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.

How to fix a hole in a sleeping mat
Alpkit warehouse

At the Alpkit premises on my visit in June 2015

At the start of 2015 Alpkit invited me over for a fish and chip lunch to take a look at their office/ production facility/ warehouse and a few weeks ago, finally, I made it over there.  They gave me some great tour of their workshop and showroom as well as showing me some of their fantastic kit.  Their gear is developed in the UK and a large percentage of their gear is made over here by the people who do the sports. It’s great to see passionate people who are into sports making products for the sports they love.

We heard on the grapevine that they’re developing some new clothing lines – trousers and jackets.  Keep an eye on the Alpkit website to find out about their ever-expanding range of equipment & clothing.

Ladies Climbing Evening // Boulder Central // West Brom.

*Boulder central are running a bi-weekly ladies climbing night – every other Friday from 7pm.  These women’s climbing nights are designed to be fun and sociable, as well as including training by experienced female climbing instructors.  It’s not just instruction that you get.  Boulder Central are rewarding women with a free cuppa and free shoe hire included in the standard entry price.  The centre will be open as usual to men and women, but you can take advantage of these great perks at no extra cost.