The Olympics is coming. And climbing is in it this time round. Get everything you need to know, here at Womenclimb, so you go into your competition viewing with all of the intel. ...Read More
Are you excited?! Just in case you haven’t heard (are you living in a climbing-free cave?), in 2016 it was announced that Sport Climbing, along with Skateboarding, Surfing and Karate, would be trialed at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But a climbing competition? How do you...Read More
Then and Now, Courtesy of the Ice Age “Finnish bouldering is as good as anywhere, and there is a lot of it”, one keen climber summed up in the Finnish climbing documentary Cold Stone. It is easy to second that. You’ll notice granite blocks dotting the forest floor...Read More
Spring Fin Bouldering, Åland Island Life Anssi Laatikainen photography Spring sunshine is brushing the surface of red granite blocks in Åland’s Djupviksgrottorna (more casually, Grottan). The granite here is slated in such a way that the ubiquitous roofs look like they’ve been constructed from stacked up Lego blocks. The hold-potential of those...Read More
Planning your next Adventure Holiday: Lappnor Projects Weak rays of autumn sunlight reach through the twigs of an evergreen forest. A dirt road slithers between the trees, becoming more and more uneven as it runs deeper into the forest. It is Sunday in mid-August, and the boulder...Read More
There has been a recent explosion of bouldering gyms around Sydney, and having climbed at each of them, let me tell you why I travel one hour each way to get to the gym I chose. It’s in Lane Cove, and it’s called 9 Degrees...Read More
Spring is finally here and our trad gear is rattling to get out of the closet and onto the crag. For some early season inspiration we thought we’d bring you five of the best crags in England and Wales (sorry Scotland and NI!) for climbing...Read More
Date: March 8th 2019 – International Women’s Day Location: Ojos del Salado, Chile. Depart 2am. Summit at 6,893m. Back at base camp 8pm. Sounds like a standard, well-prepped alpine ascent (‘alpine start’ = obscenely early, obvs). This 12-strong team of women were not your standard alpinists though. Only...Read More
It’s been the hottest winter on record, Blue Planet has shown the true perils of the plastic straw, and latest sea level projections are suggesting that we’ll be snorkelling up Pembroke’s seacliffs by 2300. OK, so maybe the last one isn’t quite right, but as...Read More
Currently, 1 in 4 people in Britain experience mental health problems each year (according to Mind). The chances are pretty high then that every one of us knows someone who’s suffering with some aspect of mental health. It’s also pretty likely that we don’t actually...Read More
Do you ever think it’s too late to take up a new activity, like mountaineering? Perhaps you’ll get criticism just from believing you can. Particularly if you’re a middle-aged woman working as a cook at the bottom of Bolivia’s highest peaks… A few years ago, 11...Read More
In contrast to last week’s post about a 99-year old making her first climb, today we’re celebrating the incredible story of Edward Mills and his mum Bekki Christian. [caption id="attachment_4146" align="alignleft" width="300"] Edward and the Old Man. Photo Alex Shaw[/caption] Last June, Edward (now 9) became the...Read More
Think you’re too old to learn new tricks?! How about this amazing 99-year old grandma who just did her first indoor climb… For Tim Dobson, watching his grandma tie in and start her first ever climb was probably not the calmest moment of his life. Especially...Read More
2017 was a huge year for climbing. Margo Hayes became the first woman to climb 9a+, Angy Eiter became the first woman to climb 9b, Adam Ondra made the first 9c ascent, and Alex Honnold free soloed El Capitan in Yosemite. All of these accomplishments...Read More
Falkland Islander Lisa Watson is a keen boulderer and editor of the Falklands local newspaper. She and her partner Jonny Summers are on a mission to build the Islands first bouldering gym. So what’s it like climbing in the Falklands?
In November 2016, Rebecca Coles and Simon Verspeak made a first ascent of Lasarmu La, a 6246m Peak in the far West of Nepal. Rebecca talks about the ups and downs, the highs and lows of her expedition in this remote area of Nepal. How...Read More
[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...Read More
I'm not sure if Wales realised what hit it last weekend. 20 women, 6 crew, a drone, 3 cameras, sound & a professional photographer - it was quite a scene. The Idwal Slabs in Ogwen Valley & slate quarries near Llanberis were the locations chosen to...Read More
After the disappointment of missing out on gold with an apparent ‘dab of the foot’ on the mat in Baku only a few weeks ago and reaching silver in Chongqing prior to that, Shauna Coxsey, UK no 1 climber, today pulled in the first Team GB World Cup Gold in Switzerland. Anyone who’s seen her climb will understand how this amazing powerhouse of a climber could
90minute Taster Session Boulders in Cardiff are offering a 90-minute Taster Session for International Women's Day for £5 with proceeds going to the Charity Women's Aid, which supports women and children experiencing domestic violence. There are 16 spaces available, so if you're a woman who wants...Read More
The results are out and Womenclimb team women came first to seventh in the beginner's category, with Beth Thomas taking first place, Katharina Lauer second and Magda Bo, third. What a success. Well done everyone for taking part. Check out the full results on the Rock...Read More
ROCfest 5.0 is a bouldering competition, in Manchester on Saturday 1st February 2014, designed to give everyone a chance to compete in a friendly environment. We’re putting in some teams and we would love it if you’d join one of our teams. So far we’ve got about six people signed up to compete, with people bouldering at grades V1 – V6, so there’s a real mix. We’ve been promised that no-one will get 0 points!
You could feel the buzz from the moment you stepped in, instantly spotting all the elite climbers milling about and chatting with other attendees. Initially I was a bit star-struck, but they were so friendly and welcoming it felt like you were just there with a load of mates.
The workshops I attended were Awkward Holds and Dynamic Climbing. I was looking forward to an afternoon of talks including Rebecca Dent’s talk on nutrition and losing weight safely.
The delightful Emma Flaherty talked about how she fitted in her job around climbing. Emma was a bundle of enthusiasm. We learnt about
There’s a certain irony about going to a women’s anything when you have stomach cramps and all you want is to be fed chocolate. Entering a room full of friendly sporty women with a passion for climbing was just the start of a day designed to uplift, excite and inspire climbers from 14 – 70+. The day started with a talk on the history of women climbers by Angela Soper. I managed to get a sneaky photo of Angela climbing – if you think you’re too old for climbing, think again. Back in the day, these amazing women were climbing in skirts and hobnailed boots! More about Angela here.
Try saying that title after you've had a few glasses of bubbly! We're so excited to be out tonight in our new Womenclimb Hoodies, designed by the fabulous Fiona Sadler, listening to the inspirational Tim Emmett talk at Manchester Climbing Centre about his climbing, base jumping...Read More
We're absolutely delighted to be hosting an exclusive film screening and Director's talk for the brilliant climbing film Push It, by Jen Randall Thursday 29th August 2013 - 7pm Jen will be joining us at Manchester Climbing Centre for an evening watching her film and then talking to her...Read More
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that Kilnworx Climbing Centre in Stoke are starting up a Women's Club. Kilnworx is Stoke's newest climbing centre and will be hosting the exciting climbing club for women every Tuesday. Grand Opening Event: Tuesday 9th July 6.30-8.30pm You're invited to join us...Read More
Well, a group of ten of us joined forces last weekend to clean up Hobson Moor Quarry, situated at the end of the M67 at the Western Edge of the Peaks. Womenclimb along with Karabiner Mountaineering Club members worked solidly for around 4 hours to...Read More
We're having a social night in Manchester for any climbers, women and men, who'd like to do something social outside the wall. You are welcome to join us in Manchester's groovy Northern Quarter for a drink and socialise. It's a chance to meet new people,...Read More
Hello women. Just to let you know about a great new Bouldering Centre that's opened in Carlisle. I visited this week (review on its way!!) and the staff were great. Every Friday Gem runs a women's coached session, helping you to improve your skills, techniques...Read More
Over two months ago I was scrolling through Facebook and came upon this post… In a slightly over excited manner I shot to my car and drove to the centre desperately trying not to let it show how excited I was and come across as either...Read More
Manchester Climbing Centre has a weekly climbing club just for women. I've been attending there since 2011 and have met a great group of women, who've helped me to develop and progress as a climber. The session runs from 6.30 -9pm and the centre provide...Read More
April saw the second weekend climbing trip for Manchester Climbing Centre's Women's Club. A group of 14 women descended upon the Karabiner Mountaineering Club (KMC) club hut near to Llanberis for a weekend of instructed climbing. We organised both a Learn to Lead course and...Read More