[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...Read More
And you educate him! Looking through the shelves at Waterstones or any bookseller you would imagine that women never do sport. So this Christmas, how about making a difference by buying a man one of these incredible, exciting, adventurous books. We've gone to the trouble...Read More
Women Climb needs your films! There are not enough women in adventure films – you can help be the change we all want to see. We are delighted to announce the third Women in Adventure Film Competition in association with The BMC and ShAFF. This year’s...Read More
Ever backed off a climb and berated yourself afterwards? Ever cursed and thrown a wobbly after falling off your project? Ever wondered why you can’t seem to get past that grade? ….
Having reviewed a selection of talks from Women’s Climbing Symposium 2016 we set about to get women’s opinions about how the workshops went. Read on to find out about the vast range of skills that 400 women had the opportunity to develop under just one roof….
You might have been rock climbing for a while or scrambled a bit in the UK and keen to do something adventurous – how about trying a Via Ferrata? Via Ferrata can take you to places you’ve never dreamed of, and surprisingly, you don’t need to be a climber to have a successful Via Ferrata experience.
Belay glasses seem to be all the rage at the moment. They’re a save-all for your neck, according to the manufacturers and thankfully the cost of a pair has reduced dramatically in recent times. Today we review the Climbing Frog brand of belay glasses, which come in at less than half the price of some premium brands (with 10% off for 10 of our readers, so get in quick). But… do you get less bang for your buck or are these a winning pair of neck-saving specs? Beth and Emily from Womenclimb both tried them out independently; it’s time to find out their verdict:
I’ve known Wimberry Rocks all my life as Indian’s head. (Tip your head on one side and you’ll see what I mean!) Situated opposite Alderman Rocks on the opposite side to Dovestones reservoir, Wimberry is an impressive collection of bouldering and trad routes with over 240 routes from trad climbing on the main crag, to bouldering among the moraine down the hillside.
The West Penwith area in Cornwall is full of solid (mostly!) granite climbing and outstanding scenery. This place is not only packed with top class rock but also beautiful beaches and moorland coastline, making it accessible for families as well as groups of friends and couples. Bosigran has a great reputation for long low and mid-grade climbing and we were not disappointed….
Classic multi-pitch routes and incredible views. Sunny afternoon climbing- The main cliff gets the afternoon sun and dries quickly after rain. It is also useful for viewing Commando ridge (aka Bosigran ridge) which is opposite the main cliff.
Having scrambled around Alderman Rocks a couple of times before, I was confident heading there for my first climb of the season outdoors. I’m still fairly new to trad climbing, don’t lead and am still cautious about who I climb with and where. So it was good to go somewhere I felt I knew.
Despite its position high above the Chew Valley in Oldham, Alderman Rocks is a friendly crag with a good variety of easy and harder routes.
Beth Thomas, long standing Womenclimb contributor, tells all about the book Freedom Climbers, by Bernadette McDonald:
This is hands down the best climbing and mountaineering book I have ever read, fact or fiction.
If you want to chalk up less, have better grip and keep your hands healthy & strong, then see if you can get hold of some of this, before it sells out. FrictionLabs chalk is now available directly to climbers in the UK and around...Read More
Beth, our very own Womenclimb contributor set out to give you lovely readers a first hand account of the popular Yorkshire climbing venue of Almscliff.
Almscliff is an impressive grit stone crag in the heart of Yorkshire jutting out of a sea of finely combed fields and against a backdrop of distant viaducts and farmlands. The crag lies a few miles north of Leeds and Bradford and the parking is plenty with a 5-10 minute easy walk in on a footpath. It has an “unmissable” reputation, being a natural crag which is very accessible with a wide range of grades to suit beginners to seasoned trad legends. Read on to see if this venue should be on your ticklist….
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:
People do keep saying that bouldering will help me with my climbing, so I wanted to find out what all the fuss is about.
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.
Very soon the UK is getting Friction Labs’ new chalk products. We’ve got our hands on some to test out and give you the lowdown. Our tester, Beth gives her fully tested review of the chalk ball, followed here by her review of the full fantastical selection of loose chalk. It’s true, there are many types of chalk. We never knew, but we do now and so can you:
Sheffield is a mecca for climbers with fantastic crags within easy reach of the city centre. When the sun isn't shining there are also three really great indoor climbing venues around Sheffield to continue to train. If you've visited one of these gyms why not write us...Read More
Comfort and feel. They are a comfort/performance hybrid so edging is really precise but could also wear on long multi-pitch routes. The blue and green show looks great too!
Them change the women’s fit from pink to something else! Better durability in the toe
|Value for Money||4|
|Comfort & Fit||5|
|Total out of 25||20|
Dear Editor, have you ever had a runaway weekend, when you have ignored everything but the call of the hills, and gone where the spirit moved you?
This sentiment, from Pinnacle club founder Emily Kelly, published in their first journal in 1924, echoes throughout the stories in this book and is surely at the heart of the club itself.
I was pretty excited when www.holdbreaker.com approached me to do a review of the Kailas 9a trousers, as it meant that I could check out some technical kit from an unknown brand. Unfortunately, my excitement turned to disappointment when they arrived and at first glance seemed to be sized for children.
However, stay with me here as this is not the end of the story!
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
Brighton is a seaside resort on the south east coast of the UK in Sussex. It has a vibrant climbing community focussed around two climbing centres. There is also fairly quick access to London, so check out our London guide too. Also of note are the lively and inclusive women’s climbing group, Vertigirls and the LGBT group Not So Trad, which has a strong female membership.
London is a big place and there are loads of places you can go to climb indoors. Sometimes having the incentive of knowing there's a women's club can be just what you need to go and climb more, or to climb better. The friendly staff...Read More
Our regular weekly film recommendation, this week featuring Katie Mundy, as she talks about how to get back into climbing after having a baby.
Climbing after pregnancy is different for everyone. See what Katie, owner of Eden Rock bouldering wall in Carlisle, tells us about her experience.
Each week we feature a film to inspire, excite and motivate you to go on an adventure.
They films are free to watch. Some feature climbing, while others will showcase other great sports. If you want to find more films, just click on the ‘Reviews’ tab and scroll down to ‘Film’, where you will find even more awesome films to enjoy.
Sandwiched between the Peak District & Yorkshire Dales National Parks, and between the well known climbing areas of Sheffield & Manchester, West Yorkshire might not be the first place you think of for indoor rock climbing but it boasts 6 climbing walls to suit every ability, all within an hour’s drive of one another. These climbing walls are all close to Leeds, but accessible from other areas in West Yorkshire too. Hope you enjoy this great six. Why not visit and write us a review?
Itching to Climb, by Barbara James, is a book unlike any other I’ve read. It’s a non fiction, autobiographical book, a copy of which I found adorning the shelf of a lovely second hand bookshop in Caernarfon whilst visiting on a rainy day of a mountaineering club weekend. The story recounts the progress of this highly adventurous woman through life, talking though her jobs, one of which was as the first and only female civilian instructor with the British army, through her relationships and through family life.
Emily Allen was the youngest female to climb 8a in the UK. In July 2013 she climbed Aberration at Chee Dale. If you’ve never heard of her you should read her story – she’s really inspiring, having had a number of setbacks yet still achieving the outstanding performance at the age of only 14 years old. You can read more about Emily at Stoke Sentinal or on this superb UKC article. A while back she shared her favourite three mobile apps with us, so we are sharing them with you now:
[caption id="attachment_2407" align="alignright" width="195"] Photo: Paramo[/caption] I'm only a recent convert to Paramo clothing - let's face it many of their jackets look like they're better suited to bird watching than mountaineering, even if they are technically capable of the latter. Less fashionable, more older-ramblers attire. However,...Read More
Rockbusters run female-led and women-only climbing camps in Spain. Erin Lingle talks to us about what you'll get from this type of women-only climbing environment. There’s no denying that climbing experiences can be affected by gender. I’m often frustrated by the fact that men “naturally” have more muscles,...Read More
Savage Summit charts the lives of these five remarkable mountaineers. To say it is compelling is an understatement. I couldn’t put it down.
By Emily Thompson // I’ve been hiking up mountains most of my life and as such have a passion for reading and seeing films about other people’s adventures and achievements. Unfortunately these are frequently dominated by men, most of whom are household names and well sponsored, enabling them to carve out careers in mountaineering and climbing.
by Emily Pitts
Design, arm length, thumb holes, fit, fabric… everything!
The Alpkit Kepler Merino Base Layer Top is very competitively priced at £39 direct from Alpkit. As an online only company based in the UK they keep prices low by cutting out the ‘middleman’. If you want to support an independent UK company then Alpkit is a great place to start.
If you’ve never been to WCS this is the year! Put 17th October 2015 in your diary and book your WCS tickets now, before they all sell out. This year sees an absolutely stellar line-up at the Women’s Climbing Symposium, which takes place at the Climbing Works in Sheffield on Saturday 17th October. We have no vested interest in promoting the event, other than it looks like the best collection of female climbers, together, in the same place, in the world, EVER! And they will be coaching, inspiring, entertaining and supporting you to climb more, to climb better and to dream higher. You can get your tickets on the Women’s Climbing Symposium website. If you’re still not convinced check out the line up:
Rokt climbing gym in Yorkshire run a bi-monthly ladies day which is usually at the end of every other month. Their next ladies day is on the 23rd of August. The aim of this event is to bring women together for a day of fun and challenges. On the day they run an induction into the centre which enables you to go bouldering here whenever you like.
This is a great place to come for an easy confidence-boosting climb! Loved the fact that there were at least 8/9 easy problems with chunky positive holds I could actually top out on after a year off doing baby stuff. With a little encouragement I completed some 3’s and later flashed my wobbly post-baby ass up some 4’s (Font.)
*Boulder central are running a bi-weekly ladies climbing night – every other Friday from 7pm. These women’s climbing nights are designed to be fun and sociable, as well as including training by experienced female climbing instructors. It’s not just instruction that you get. Boulder Central are rewarding women with a free cuppa and free shoe hire included in the standard entry price. The centre will be open as usual to men and women, but you can take advantage of these great perks at no extra cost.
By Katy Stocks // One Green Bottle is possibly one of the most iconic novels about rock-climbing ever written. The novel’s heroine, 18-year old Cathy Canning, is living and working in the working-class slums of post-War Birkenhead when a chance meeting with a rock-climber leads to her first foray into the mountains of North Wales. Propelled by natural talent, gutsy determination and a fierce love of the mountains, Cathy soon becomes the ‘diva’ of a small community of rock-climbers based around a fictional youth hostel in North Wales.
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.
This is a charming film about someone going out for a walk topped of with a little scramble. What’s really lovely is that the protagonist is only about 2 years old, yet still she manages to get kitted out and prepared all on her own, using a map to walk up a hill and experience the outdoors.