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Shino DLX Glove // Trespass // Review

Love: the soft inner & general feel

What I would change: Women-specific or Slender-hand fit

Price: £65.99Womenclimb Shino Glove Trespass Review Unisex DLX


Dry hands, that luxury above all luxuries, on a day out in rainy hills.  However ‘waterproof’ any glove proclaims to be, it’s simply not possible to keep them dry when there’s a stonking great hole to shove your soggy hands into. Most gloves have been disappointing in one way or another.  I therefore went into this review experiment with very low expectations.  My review is of the Trespass Shino unisex Adult GLX Glove in size XS/S, which boasts the following features:

Telling Women’s Stories

Women are underrepresented in adventure sport, and their stories are not making it in to the media.  Do our favourite outdoor magazines have a responsibility to redress the balance?  Lucy Wallace talks outdoor media and women, in our latest article.  If you've got something to say,...

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Women Inspiring Girls & Women

Are you a woman working in the climbing/ mountaineering/ outdoors industry? Perhaps you're a mountaineering instructor? Or maybe you're a garment technologist and engineer outdoor clothing? Or maybe you do something else related to the industry? Womenclimb has a Youtube Channel and we want to fill it with great...

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Getting Close to Emily Roo // Intimate Climber Bio

[caption id="attachment_3014" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Emily Photo Credit: Jen Randall[/caption]   Emily Roo rocks; a strong, independent person, with an untethered passion for climbing.  She's 5ft 4's worth of fun, laughter and motivation, hiding a serious commitment to alpinism and exploring untouched areas of the planet.  In 2016...

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The Great Stuff Men Do

Achieving gender equality depends on men.  If we continue as we are, with women pushing for gender equality largely alone, or supported by a minority of  progressive and engaged men, gender equality is going to take another 81 years to happen – beyond both mine and my child’s lifetime.

Today, on International Men’s Day, I want to share something about how the men in my climbing life have helped me to move to a climbing grade I never thought I would achieve.  I admit that I’m, perhaps, so strong and passionate an advocate of equality, so vocal about the inequalities I perceive, that the men around me can feel under attack and then defensive.  This holds back the advancement of equality, because in this defensive situation, no-one is learning new ways of thinking or doing things.   I felt today was a good day to reflect on the positive stuff and how men have made a difference in my climbing life.

Free Mountain Athletics Sessions

Planning to go out this winter?  This is for you: image003

The North Face goal-orientated training is about to happen all over the UK.  Don’t miss out on this exciting chance to get prepared for the winter sports season ahead, with the support of North Face.  

Part of its renowned programme that promotes training with an end outdoor goal or higher purpose in mind, sessions will help prepare attendees for the winter outdoor sports season ahead.  Find out the dates and venues below. 

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.

Do I love bouldering now?

If you read part 1 last month you will have a good understanding that, while I’m pretty outdoorsy and active, I was completely unaware of the point of bouldering and how it fits with my ambitions of climbing mountains.  I set myself the challenge to give it a go – here’s how I got on.   If you want to find out the challenge I set, and why, you can read my previous blog post Why Should I go Bouldering.  I have no illusions about doing anything as advanced as this:

The amazing Esme Hart bouldering at the 2016 Paraclimbing Championships at Manchester Climbing Centre.

The amazing Esme Hart bouldering at the 2016 Paraclimbing Championships at Manchester Climbing Centre.

People do keep saying that bouldering will help me with my climbing, so I wanted to find out what all the fuss is about.

#GetOutdoors Profile: Mandy Glanvill

navigation1For today’s Get Outdoors Profile we’re heading up to the beautiful Lake District where Mandy Glanvill runs her business Womenrock. As the name suggests, Mandy focuses on working mostly with women, she explains that “It is important when you are new to this challenging activity, or if you are wishing to develop and push your limits, that you get the maximum support and feel as relaxed as possible. For many women it is much easier to achieve this relaxed and supportive atmosphere in an all female group.” Although the focus is on building the confidence of women climbers, Mandy also works with mixed groups, individuals and small family groups.

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