So you’ve been inspired by our article Where to start: Altitude, but if you’re planning your first trip to a high peak overseas, then altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) may be something you’ve never encountered or had to consider. Even if you’ve been to high peaks before and not been affected, altitude sickness can still affect you on your next trip.
Sometimes it's hard to know how to stay positive in climbing and in life. The power of social media brought us to Charli Dack and she's written a blog post that we think will really resonate with you, our readers. She's left the best 'til...Read More
The second article in our Mountain Rescue Series. Previously Emily explained what a Mountain Rescue Team does and here she goes on to discuss what it takes to be a Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) member – the training, the considerations you should make before committing and a personal perspective of life as an active MRT member.
FrictionLabs is a US based climbing chalk company currently boasting to have manufactured the highest purity of magnesium carbonate chalk on the market. “Why is this so great?!”I hear you ask. Well, chalk is a combination of magnesium carbonate and calcium carbonate. The former traps moisture, leaving surfaces dry and the latter attaches water to the outside of the molecule, leaving surfaces moist. It is claimed by the team at FrictionLabs that this makes their chalk last longer, safer to inhale and is less likely to dry out the skin.
If you’re struggling to find inspiration from people like yourself, then you’re in the right place. We’ve got 8 places you can go for real, honest information from people who are into climbing and adventure (assuming that you want to stray away from womenclimb, that is :-))… Please let us know which one is your favourite.
It's normal to feel scared. Our fear protects us from danger. Sometimes, though, it isn't the most useful emotion, because it can become too intense and stop you from doing things that you will enjoy and benefit from. Emily Pitts, Womenclimb founder, talks about her...Read More
‘Climbing for me is like a dance, when I am in the moment I don’t have to think about what I’m doing.’
Ella Williams is an outdoors instructor living in North Wales. At the time of writing, she was 29 years old, born in 1987, having started rock climbing at the age of 26. She is 5ft1 (155cm tall). We met Ella on a climbing weekend in north Wales in 2015, where she showed her love of sharing the outdoors with others. This is a really beautiful piece of writing, enjoy.
The Learning Corner (TLC) is about helping you find out what other, ordinary climbers are up to in their lives. Sometimes it's easy to feel isolated or like you're the only person experiencing the highs and lows of the climbing world. So, we are kicking off...Read More
Why did you get into rock climbing? Or, if you’ve never tried, why would you? Maybe you love being outdoors or maybe it’s an alternative to the gym and a good way to keep fit. If you reach a point when you want to climb an obscure rockface or a big wall tucked away you in a valley, will need to consult a map and have to work out how to get there. So, here are my 7 top tips for finding the crag:
By 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.
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.
By Emily Pitts // Writing a climbing guidebook is not a moneymaking exercise, more likely the opposite. Unless the climbing area is in vogue and has been for a while, the author is likely to make little or no money at all. This is especially...Read More
[caption id="attachment_527" align="alignright" width="300"] Sunset at Windgather Rocks[/caption] Easy walk in (30 seconds!!!) Fantastic for beginners as it's short and has a lot of easier routes No midges Friendly chatty people Family friendly and dogs Easy to find and access Plenty of parking [caption id="attachment_518" align="alignright" width="224"] Evening climbing at Windgather Rocks[/caption] Lovely gritty...Read More