Why have a winter fest? Emily talks about the reasons behind the upcoming winter fest in Aviemore and what's happening. ...Read More
Why have a winter fest? Emily talks about the reasons behind the upcoming winter fest in Aviemore and what's happening. ...Read More
Are you ready to inspire a child? Lily Dyu's book might have just the right combination of magic and fun to bring adventure to life for the little (and not so little) ones in your life. Find out more from Womenclimb writer Caitlin Ripley. ...Read More
Hamish MacInnes is a renowned Scottish Mountaineer, credited with inventing the metal ice axe, the MacInnes stretches used in mountain rescue and many first ascents of mountains around the globe. This film charts his life almost in reverse. Currently 89, the film documents his life...Read More
Starting out with climbing can seem quite daunting at first: completely new kit, knots and belaying techniques that need to be learnt, and the lingo that goes along with a new sport. If you’re just starting out, try...Read More
Do you have a favourite crag you want to shout about? Have you stumbled on the perfect set of beginner's boulders? Esoteric or popular; piddly 9 metre single pitch gruntwork or long multipitch exposure; everything in between and around...Read More
This short 24 minute Salomon film, shown as part of the Mountains on Stage Lineup, demonstrates the formidable strength of Liv Sansoz. Her aim is to climb all the summits in the Alps that are over 4000metres, of which there are a hearty 82, in...Read More
As the Easter weekend proved, summer is well underway. More daylight and longer hours means much more time spent outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you need to neglect climbing completely during your down time....Read More
I’ll be honest. I discovered Thorn Crag as a result of a somewhat desperate Google search: “easy bouldering UK”. As that search indicates, I am by no means a boulderer. A nasty ankle injury bouldering indoors early in my climbing career, compounded by a trip to Font with...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
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
If you are wondering why you should log your climbs, if you need to log them or you’re not sure how to start logging them, then Womenclimb is here to help. Here’s our opinion on why you should, and four different ways to start keeping...Read More
Whether you’re escaping the rain on weekends or getting in some training around the daily grind, there are two high quality indoor rock climbing venues in Glasgow. If you're lacking in belay buddies, check out this Glasgow Climbers Facebook page to find climbing partners in Glasgow! A fantastic...Read More
Located in Yosemite National Park , a towering granite monolith looms up, magnificent and terrifying. This is El Capitan, an absolute haven for some of the best climbers in the world, with a sheer rock face that seems almost unconquerable. The ‘Dawn Wall’ is a particular...Read More
Making the jump from top roping to lead climbing is a big moment in any climber’s career that expands the routes climbers can do indoors and outdoors. With this new skill, climbers can access new training techniques that will help push their climbing even further....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
Climbing in winter can be daunting, especially if you're used to hibernating at an indoor wall from October to March every year. It can be especially hard to get motivated when it’s cold and wet outside, or even to assume that outdoor climbing is over...Read More
How did I get on at the Women's Climbing Symposium? I talk about my WCS experience and what I got out of it. Read on to find out about my journey. I’ve been climbing indoors and out, for around 5 years, but overhangs and climbs requiring any...Read More
The Women’s Climbing Symposium is a UK based event with speakers from across the world talking about their climbing experiences and renowned coaches helping to develop individual climbing skills, aiming to ‘Connect, Develop and Inspire’ women in the climbing community. The event is organised by...Read More
I love the adventure of long traditional climbs and I enjoy going to indoor walls with friends for fun and exercise. Occasionally I've made the effort to push my lead grade but 6a is my indoor all-time best and the rare VS outside. In winter it's...Read More
With one month to go til Christmas, we’ve selected a few ideas to make your gift-buying that bit easier. This year we’re focusing as much as possible on British-made, hand-made, ethical products. Some products feature an exclusive discount too, because those super friendly folk want...Read More
The fifth Women in Adventure Film Competition with the BMC is officially launched. The BMC and Womenclimb launched the competition at this year's Women's Trad Festival in the Peak District, in the company of 180 climbers from all around the UK. The competition is designed to...Read More
Kickstarter campaign launched for new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art: Waymaking Vertebrate Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to build awareness about a new anthology of women’s adventure writing, poetry and art titled Waymaking. The book will be released this October in...Read More
What is the Rab Rock Range all about? "We have channelled all our expertise and experience in to making the best quality clothing for long days at the crag and intense training sessions at the indoor wall." Charlie Low and Ellie Fuller have channelled their efforts, reviewing...Read More
" I have always been a big fan of leggings for climbing - super comfortable and stretchy, they enable extra high foot placements and stop you feeling restricted. " Rab's Flex Leggings are a perfect example of this, with their Spandex stretch fabric which helps you...Read More
" I’ve always struggled to find hoodies I like, as they tend to be bulky and unflattering. This hoody is really well designed; it looks as good at the bottom of the crag as it does at the climbing wall. It comes in a brilliant...Read More
" The Chockstone Pants are intended for climbing. I like them a lot as casual trousers, but they didn't perform as well as I’d hoped as climbing trousers. There just wasn’t enough flexibility in them and they restricted movement too much. " [caption id="attachment_3743" align="aligncenter" width="4000"]...Read More
What I love: Cosy! Soft! Fluffy! The Alpha Flux Jacket had me from the off. With its super-soft, comfy, insulated inner layer, this jacket could do no wrong. Nevermind its technical performance, I wasn’t going to be parted from it in my daily life, round the house,...Read More
"As soon as my Kinetic Plus jacket arrived I was impressed with how soft and comfortable it felt." Charlie Low is a climber based in the Peak District. She runs the popular Women's Trad Festival every summer, she climbs and she's all round outdoorsy - perfect for a...Read More
This is the third mindfulness download by Beth Thomas for 12 Steps to Climbing Confidence. We often are not aware of how we are really feeling. We can spend so much time in our heads that we lose touch with our direct experience, right now. If we don't...Read More
We all know that you can't be what you can't see, so in today's post are some Youtube videos to help you visualise success. Vicarious experiences, seeing other achieve success, are critical to gaining self-efficacy. Feel Successful, Watch Others' Success Self-efficacy is the thing that makes us...Read More
Footwork is talked about so often by climbers, but even experienced climbers often don't know where to go to improve their footwork. Today's article is all about improving footwork. If we've missed something, leave us a comment and share your experience and knowledge with us...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?
Looking for a venue for gritstone climbing? Want to be bathed in sunshine all year round, out of the wind and midge free? If so then you need to head to the south of the peak district, as Pule Hill might be a fantastic climbing venue, but its elevation can lead it to be misty and windy most of the year. That said it does provide some fantastic climbing all year round.
More women on film! That's what we're aiming for in the work we've done over three years with the BMC, running the Women in Adventure Film Competition. This year's shortlisted films have been announced and the great news is that you can go and watch every...Read More
A lot of people love a good buff. This versatile loop of fabric, created in the 1990s by a keen off-road motorcyclist, is the staple of many climbers and outdoorsy people. It’s for good reason. The buff is a multifunctional piece of clothing, which can...Read More
Do you enjoy climbing but want to develop further skills and strength but don’t really know where to start? Gimme Kraft by Patrick Matros, Ludwig “Dicki” Korb and Hannes Huch is a comprehensive guide to getting fitter and stronger for all types of climbing.
“How do I get stronger?… train most efficiently?…what exercises make the most sense?” are questions set out in the introduction. These questions are readily answered in a compact, enjoyable and motivating training manual.
In a world where climate change is a real threat us climbers have to do our part to keep the environment we inhabit, and let’s be honest, take advantage of for our own pleasure, safe.
Sometimes it is easy to forget to do certain things to maintain a fun but environmentally responsible balance but it’s actually pretty simple!
The UK has some fantastic locations for ice climbing, but what if you live a long way from the mountains and your time is short? There’s a growing number of indoor ice climbing facilities where you can hone your skills before heading out on an adventure in the mountains. Have you tried them and fancy writing us a review?
Love: the soft inner & general feel
What I would change: Women-specific or Slender-hand fit
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:
I am super excited about an upcoming trip to Norway when I’ll get to up my game from Scottish Winter Mountaineering and get out on easy water ice for the first time. I’m lucky to live not too far away from Vertical Chill Ice Wall in Manchester, so I headed over to learn the techniques needed for climbing ice and get some tips for the extra gear I might need.
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
Traditionally, mountaineering has been a man’s world. Especially winter mountaineering. When you pair this up with a natural tendency for us to link up with people we already know, or people who are ‘like us’, it’s not difficult to see why we choose instructors who...Read More
UPDATE: In light of changes to the Yoga Studio App, please be aware that the app is no longer a one-time purchase app and operates on a subscription model. Previous purchasers of the app have paid for the app and subsequently had their access revoked, subject to paying a monthly subscription.
We can no longer recommend the app on the basis that the fundamental basis of our original review has changed. Please see comments below, from customers.
Ever thought about taking up yoga as a way of improving your flexibility and core strength, but can’t seem to get yourself to a class? There’s loads of free yoga apps on the market for smart phones so we’ve reviewed Yoga Studio to see if paying for a yoga app is really worth it.
Returning to climbing after an injury or recovery from surgery can be daunting, let alone frustrating and often maddening. Your mind is telling you to hop on the routes you were on prior to the injury but your body is unable to emulate how it worked before.
Do you find yourself sending boulder problems but having to take rests on longer routes? Do you have to shake out a lot on longer routes and find yourself shouting “take!” a little too often? If so then you might want to train your endurance.