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Prana Halle Pant // Review

imageBy Jacquie Budd // Around 10 years ago, Prana produced a women’s trouser called the Borego.  I loved those trousers (so much that I bought 4 pairs over time) and every person I came across wearing them raved about how fantastic they were.  It was a sad day when Prana stopped manufacturing the Borego’s and I’ve spent years looking for something to rival them.  Enter the Prana Halle trousers.  

It has to be said that the Halle’s are a completely different animal to the Borego’s but I think I could come to love them just as much. 

South Sinai Expedition 2015 // TXC

Sinai Women Climb 20TXC invite you on expedition to south Sinai, Egypt.  This expedition, led by international Mountain Leader* Anne Arran, will take a group of adventurous women into the mountains of south Sinai to put their stamp on this emerging new climbing destination and enable women to:

  • Experience the thrill of climbing first ascents
  • Challenge mind and body with the endless bouldering problems up for grabs
  • Become immersed in the beauty of the local scenery and culture
  • Hopefully make friends for life!
What is the women’s climbing symposium?

Sign up now for the UK’s best climbing event just for women designed to bring together everyday women who climb with the UK’s top female climbing professionals  – coaches, nutritionists, celebrities, physiotherapists, trainers, speakers, and much more.  Saturday September 27th sees the return of the now annual Women’s Climbing Symposium.  The first event was in 2011 and each year it travels to a different venue around the UK – The climbing Hangar in Liverpool, The Arch in London and, this year, The Climbing Academy in Glasgow.  Essentially it’s about sharing the passion and the love of climbing, whether you’re just starting out climbing or an old hand.

Climbing at Malham Cove // Yorkshire

By Jacquie Budd // When I was 5 years old I moved to Malham.  Growing up there, the fields and rivers were my back garden. Sitting with friends on top of Malham Cove and playing rounders in the fields below the Cove was just normal life and I was totally unaware of the importance that climbing had in the area. The only time I did become aware of any climbing taking place was when the odd emergency siren went past our house and my Dad spoke the infamous words we came to know and love “that’ll be another climber fallen off then”.

Becoming a Munro Bagger: Part 1

The first in our series about becoming a munro bagger.   By Beth Thomas.

After reading an article in TGO magazine early last year I decided to become a Munro bagger. This is not as creepy as it sounds. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland of a height of at least 3,000ft and there are 282!

The article in question was on the Charlie Ramsey Round, a fell run challenge covering 24 Munros in under 24 hours! However I am not a superhuman and neither was the author of the article who wrote about walking it in 4 days. Even this looked like a challenge, a beautiful, tough wild camp challenge.  It was a good 12 months before this plan came to fruition when I convinced my dutiful and just as unassuming partner to do it with me.

Day 1- Expect the unexpected!

Becoming a Munro Bagger : Part 2

Day 2 – Just because the tunnel has corners doesn’t mean the light isn’t at the end!

first nightI woke in high spirits and opened the tent door to a view, which made up for our unfortunate start. Directly facing Ben Nevis I squatted over and tried to wee into the wind (a shewee would NOT have been great in this situation! it was far too windy and I fear it would have created a sprinkler effect upon leaving the spout).

porridge

Becoming a Munro Bagger: Part 3

Day 3- The hard way may be hard but it’s so much more fun.

descent viewThe next morning we were both sore and stiff after sleeping on some awkward rocks but got going after a bowl of porridge and sultanas (and a call of nature!).  I found the first 3 hours of the day quite hard physically due to my legs being so tired from the day before and starting immediately on steep downhill loose rocks.  However, once I found my stride again it was as if my legs we reborn and I was ready for some more Munros!

Space below my feet – Gwen Moffat: Book Review

gwen moffatt imageGwen Moffat’s direct and impassive writing has accompanied me all the way to the alps and back.  Now, having finished the book, I feel quite bereft, but equally uplifted and inspired by this wonderful woman’s unpretentious record of her feats of climbing and living, from just after the war in 1945, through to the 1960’s.

gwen moffatt climbingHer frugal writing seems to mirror the nature of her lifestyle, deserting the Land Army and travelling the country from Cornwall to Skye often with little more than a sleeping bag for company.  She lived a humble existence, sleeping in barns, under trees and next to rivers in all weathers, sometimes not eating for a few days at a time, whilst gradually building up a brilliant portfolio of climbing experience.  

5.10 Rogue VSM Womens Shoe Review

At first I thought these shoes had it all – 510 rubber and quality, tight soft fit for smearing, cheap and comfy. I guess the ‘comfy’ bit should have given it away though – despite being pretty cheap, I thought it was going to be a...

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What is… Kettlercise

kettlerciseKettlercise is a fat burning, body toning intense kettlebell workout session of around 45minutes to an hour. There are 37 x minute-long kettlebell excercises which are easy to follow and done alongside stimulating music with a dynamic and fun instructor demonstrating the exercises at the front of the class.  Kettlercise is a specific brand of kettlebell class, so the instructor will need to be officially recognised (and trained), with the workouts structured and developed according to the Kettlercise program, for maximum results.

Yellow and Blue Adidas Terrex Fast Jacket
Review // Adidas Terrex Windstopper Fast Jacket

Love… 

The wind-stopping capabilities. The fabric. Superb functionality.

Price:     £145

This jacket has been given an incredibly thorough test – climbing at the crag, in winter mountaineering conditions, for running, at the climbing wall and day-to-day.  It has coped very well indeed.  All * ratings out of 5

Design *****

Yellow and Blue Adidas Terrex Fast Jacket This jacket has a slightly retro feel to it, but with all the things you need in all the right places.  The pockets are a good size and in the right places.  It’s a perfect marriage of form and function.  The colour is good – a change from the tedious pinks and purples with which we women are ordinarily presented.  

Katy Stocks // Interview

Katy Stocks is a collector and researcher of women’s mountaineering literature.  Her passion for women’s mountaineering writing has led to a 25 year endeavour to catalogue Women’s Mountaineering literature across the globe.  Katy’s work is an inspiration and she hopes to encourage more women to write stories, short and long, as well as poetry and biographies of the mountains, their people and the exploits.  Katy has given over her list to you and I to use as a guide and motivator to read more and write more.  

What is… Bouldering?

Kilnworx Climbing Centre10Bouldering is unroped climbing, which is usually lower in height than other climbing routes, both indoors and outdoors.  Indoors the highest bouldering problems are around 5 metres high.   There are often crash mats below to help protect you if you fall off.   Indoors, these mats are provided, whereas outdoors, you carry a bouldering mat to the boulder with you.

People often mistake Bouldering as ‘practice’

Buying a Waterproof Jacket


How to choose a Waterproof Jacket 61
I have recently taken the plunge and made the decision to replace my 12 year old jacket and enter the world of modern fabrics and design.  I thought I would jot down my experience and share it with you.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that staying dry is the key to staying warm.  I spent a lot of time researching different jackets and trying lots on before making a final choice.  This is definitely advisable if you are thinking of spending your hard earned cash, as a good waterproof jacket will set you back anything from £120 to £500 depending on what specification, fit, fabric, style, brand and colour you’re after.  Don’t feel under pressure to buy until you are happy with your choice.

The History of Women and Mountaineering…

Katy Stocks is a collector and researcher of women’s mountaineering literature.

A shelf full of women's mountaineering literature... a delight to see.

A shelf full of women’s mountaineering literature… a delight to see.

Her passion for women’s mountaineering writing has led to a 25 year endeavour to catalogue Women’s Mountaineering literature across the globe.  Katy’s work is an inspiration and she hopes to encourage more women to write stories, short and long, as well as poetry and biographies of the mountains, their people and the exploits.  

Kuhl Splash Roll Up Pant // Review

Kuhl pantBy Jacquie Budd // I recently came across Kuhl clothing and decided to look online for a pair of trousers.  Aware that I feel uncomfortable climbing and walking with anything which feels too tight across my midriff/hips, I looked specifically for a relaxed fit.  The Splash Roll-up Pant fit the bill and had good reviews.

The trousers are a mix of cotton, nylon and 3% spandex and feel quite a heavy trouser for warm weather in the summer months.  However, the flipside is that they feel a super durable trouser and I think they will really come into their own on cooler autumn days at the crag.

The fabric is advertised as quick dry but (unbelievably for the UK) I still have to find a rainy day to test this out (ssshhh!). 

ROCfest 5.0 2014 // Rock Over

ROCfest 5.0 2014

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!  

Ladies’ Night // Rockover Climbing

bouldering outdoorsNaomi Buys is the star coach leading Rockover’s new Ladies’ Night – fortnightly on Thursdays, starting on 16th January 2014.

The sessions are designed for anyone who wants to improve their bouldering with the guidance of a skilled and experienced coach.

You can join the sessions whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner – Naomi is experienced in coaching people at all levels of skill, strength and confidence.

Climbing in Costa Blanca in March

By Hannah Thomson // There has to be no giddier a team than two girls from Hull finding themselves in a rental car on the Spanish coast on a Sunday morning in March on their way to climb in Costa Blanca. Lydia and I had met working at Rockcity Climbing Centre the previous winter and, after hearing rumours of sunny sport climbing abroad, we booked flights to Alicante and worked out the rest afterwards. We found cheap accommodation at the Orange House near the village of Finestrat and hired a rental car from Alicante airport which made getting to the many crags a piece of cake. That, and we had managed to borrow a guidebook (from the 80s) and commandeered a SatNav. Oh, and a brand new 60m rope belonging to one of our friends.

KMF 2013 // Spice Girl // Hazel Findlay

Cimbing runner1Four StarsThe Verdict: This film is most definitely worth 25 minutes’ of your life.

Prior to seeing this film the Kendal Mountain Festival was somewhat littered with macho precedents, so this was a beautiful break. There was no better introduction for me to one of the most self-effacing and talented trad grit climbers in the UK.  

KMF 2013 // Petit Bus Rouge

If you're an adrenaline junkie or an adventure queen, then this is for you…. a phantasmagorical journey with the most outrageous circus performers, clowns, climbers and jumpers you've ever set eyes on.  Gripping from the first second, it's a sensational journey with a group of...

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Women’s Climbing Symposium 2013 // Dynamic Climbing

Dyno climbing moveLeah Crane and Shauna Coxsey, both from Team GB bouldering team, took this workshop during the 2013 Women’s Climbing Symposium at The Arch climbing wall in London. We were split into 2 groups and I was in Leah’s. I had watched Leah at many a competition event and always marvelled at her flying-squirrel like tactics so was eager to learn her secrets.

WCS 2013 // Awkward Holds

How to use slopersYou 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.