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A Chat with Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford is certainly flavour of the month. Thanks to her huge successes and exciting future goals, she has been cover star of both Summit and Climber in recent weeks. When she’s not on the rock, she’s one of the UK’s leading female route-setters and is running her business Creative Climbing offering setting courses to women with fellow setter Evie Cotrulia.

Currently busy setting full time, I managed to catch Emma for a quick cuppa before she set the comp circuit at my local wall. We talked climbing, route setting and inspiration.

That Cover Photo © J Bunney

Mountain Podcast

Some inspiration from the Mountain Podcast: http://mountainpodcast.com/episode/10-lomond-the-long-way/ - with runner Susie Allison, author of Scottish Trail Running. http://mountainpodcast.com/episode/11-race-on-the-edge/  - with Cat Morrison (former world champion triathlete/Ironman) & Caroline Wallace (ex-pro triathlete and awesome endurance athlete) http://mountainpodcast.com/episode/12-the-hills-i-call-home-arran/ - with Kirstie Smith, hillwalker, Sarda dog trainer and...

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Women in Adventure Film Competition 2019 Launched

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...

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Adventurous Waymaking Women

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...

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Charlie Low Reviews // Rab Kinetic Plus Softshell Jacket

"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...

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Successful Climbing

Today's climbing has been a success. I've been to Wilton 3 Quarry, north of Bolton where I led one route (a Severe), and backed off another (a VDiff) only 2 metres from the top. You might wonder how this was 'successful', because climbing one route and backing off...

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Fancy Footwork: How to get better

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...

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Bosigran, Cornwall // Outdoor Climbing Venue // Review

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....

Perfect for... 

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.

What I like the most... 

How to travel abroad for climbing on the cheap

The U.K. has an abundance of climbing crags, but there are certainly some things it's missing: sport multi-pitches, tall mountains, and reliable weather. Sometimes, we just need to leave home to widen our climbing experience and discover new adventures. 

But the cost of going abroad can often put people off planning overseas climbing trips. If this is you, it's a real shame, because with a bit of forward planning it's quite easy to make sure travelling to climb doesn't break the bank.  Our 22 tips will give you the head start to plan your perfect cheap climbing holiday abroad.   We can't wait to hear about it already!

How to Get Over a Climbing Fall

A fall can be nothing and everything depending on the outcome. Not many people enjoy falling and the aim of climbing is too often to complete your bucket list of routes, without taking a fall. Sometimes however, the artist makes a mistake - hopefully they get straight back on the rock to perfect the move, but other times they can’t walk away from the fall and it is a long wait before the next attempt at any route outdoors.

Harrison’s Rocks – Outdoor climbing near London

Anna Fedorova gives her overview of the Southern sandstone crags near Tunbridge Wells, particularly popular with London-based climbers, as they are only within a short hour's drive or train ride away from the city and make for a great day out without committing the whole weekend or breaking the bank.

Perfect for... 

...Londoners and Tunbridge Wells dwellers, and especially great for beginners, as all the climbing is on top rope (or bouldering). The sandstone will also help you develop killer footwork!

What I liked most... 

Tintern Quarry – Wye Valley Sport Climbing

Anna Fedorova gives her insight and insider tips on the great range of sport climbing available at Tintern Quarry, which lies on the east bank of the River Wye, about two miles upstream from the cliffs at Wintour's Leap. The quarry offers a range of walls to climb on, with sport routes of various degrees of difficulty. Thirty Foot Wall has a number of easier routes for the beginners, while the Jurrasic Wall has longer routes up to 40m in length.  Outside of the main climbing areas, caution should be exercised, as loose rock can make these areas extremely dangerous.  As always, exercise sense and caution in the understanding that climbing has risks.

Perfect for... 

...both beginners and more seasoned climbers, so it's a nice crag to come to if you have a group with a range of abilities. It's also very easily accessible.

What I liked most... 

La Sportiva Katana Velcro Rock Shoe // Review

Love...

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!

Would like to see.....

Them change the women’s fit from pink to something else! Better durability in the toe

**Overall rating

Criteria Grade
Value for Money 4
Design 4
Comfort & Fit 5
Durability 3
Functionality 4
Total out of 25 20

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Climber Bio // Rocio Siemens

'You are not alone.  Being afraid is normal.'  

These are the words of Rocio Siemens.  Rocio (pronounced Rotheo) is a 5ft 5 (165cm) tall Spaniard who started climbing at the age of 21.  Depending on how stretchy the material is she is a size 10 or 12.  Born in 1975, she is 41 years old at the time of writing.  She is an International Mountain Guide and an IFMGA member who climbs all sorts of winter and summer routes in the UK and beyond.  Her short answers are an incredibly insightful look into the life and experience of this climber.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Climbing without an ACL

For my entire climbing life, I have climbed with an ACL injury.  The Anterior Cruciate Ligament is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments in the knee, forming a cross shape with the Posterior Cruciate Ligament. It provides crucial stability to the knee, preventing the knee from twisting and rotating.  You can find out more in this Youtube video about what the ACL is and what it does.

Background - how I tore my ACL

Emily Allen's App recommendations

IMG_5581Emily 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: 

Climbing to ease back pain

Stunning scenery - the dream landscape for fell runners

Climbing is very special. I find it is particularly good for easing back pain, especially upper back pain.  The golden rule of back pain for many syndromes is to move no matter what (never surrender). Backs can be really contorted and mishandled on climbing walls and generally they don't seem to mind. Bad backs like it...they get better, well mine does.

In my mind I'm a fell runner, a long distance ultra marathon runner covering 50 miles a day, me effortlessly jogging along under blue sky and stars...

In truth, the body just isn't having any of it.  It’s hard not to be a fell runner in Chinley, heart of the Peak District, mecca for runners and cyclists and all things outdoors, but in my world the ligaments are too loose to allow any strenuous activity without the joints going out of shape.

Rules of Life // by Michelle Mudhar

There are religious books, self help books, there is even Jeremy Kyle. Everyone seems to have a take on how to live life, and which rules to follow. Like many, I prefer to have a loose framework to live my life by. I don't really have a particular ideology to follow.

two roads diverged in a wood and took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost.  This quote is with a picture of Michelle in a wood.

Michelle's outlook on life through the lens of climbing

Climbing appeals to me as a sport because it too has a basic framework/set of rules to use. The laws of physics don't change and I can solve problems using those laws to progress. The ironic part is that elements of climbing are all about breaking those rules. Taking that lead fall when you know its safe, but the rules say it's dangerous: climbing past a clip because it's easier to climb past it than clip in an awkward position; taking risks when you can just as easily walk away. Climbing has taught me so much about how to live my life.

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!

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.