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Why YOU should create a Women’s Climbing Group

Lorna Potter BWCGuest writer Lorna Potter, founder of Bristol Women Climbers, discusses her insights and suggestions in the set up of  a women’s climbing group.

Women’s climbing groups are are a great way to empower women and create a community for women to come together and build friendships around their love for climbing. 

I’m Lorna and I run Bristol Women Climbers (BWC), a group for women climbers in Bristol to get to know other local female climbers, make friends, have fun, share skills and inspire each other to climb harder.

How to Get Over a Climbing Fall

A fall can be nothing and everything depending on the outcome. Not many people enjoy falling and the aim of climbing is too often to complete your bucket list of routes, without taking a fall. Sometimes however, the artist makes a mistake – hopefully they get straight back on the rock to perfect the move, but other times they can’t walk away from the fall and it is a long wait before the next attempt at any route outdoors.

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.

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.

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!

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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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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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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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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