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Best Women Climbers Tag

Monday Motivation: ShAFF 22-24 March!

If you're one of our many facebook followers, you've no doubt seen the incredible amount of entries to the BMC TV/Womenclimb "Women In Adventure Film" competition we were sharing throughout February. The winner (yet to be announced) will have their film shown at the Sheffield...

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Monday Motivation: Interview with Molly Burdick - from heart disease to ninja warrior

10 years ago, Molly Burdick was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. After years fighting PTSD due to her illness, and often too scared to leave the house, her life changed forever when she watched a climbing video of Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra. Fast forward...

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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

Junko Tabei Dies, age 77

Junko Tabei, the first women to summit Everest dies age 77, after a life filled with ground-breaking mountaineering achievements.  At the age of 35 Junko Tabei sumitted Everest, the first woman to set foot on the summit of the world's tallest mountain, and at the...

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Everest Climbing News Summary 2016

Everest summit season started with earnest in May and is now coming to a close, having brought some outstanding climbing feats from women around the world.  There are some absolutely unbelievable stories in here, from start to finish.  I'm so excited to show these to you and to hear what you think.  Who inspires you most from this selection of wonder women?  What do you think?

Mount Everest

Mount Everest

#FridayFilm // Metallica

Weekly film entertainment, this week featuring the incredible Aleksandra 'Ola' Taistra, as she takes a step away from her usual sport climbing, on a mountain trip into the Polish Tatra range, bringing a new perspective to her climbing.

Ola Taistra FFA First Female Ascent Metallica Tatra

Ola on 'Metallica' in the Polish Tatra Mountains

The Best British Climbers?

Last year I was asked to put together a list of climbers ‘of note’ to help a member of staff working in an outdoor centre. The centre had a series of rooms, all named after male climbers and she wanted to encourage the inclusion of notable female climbers. If you’re curious about who's on the list, read on. You might disagree, leave us a comment if you do!

Image from the front of the book Savage Summit, by Jennifer Jordan
Savage Summit // Book Review
Savage Summit // Author Jennifer Jordan.   This book is sensational.  For anyone interested in the history of high altitude climbing or in pushing themselves further in any area of life it's a must read book.  Savage Summit tells the story of K2, the killer mountain, and it's relationship with the first five women who achieved the accolade of reaching its peak.
Women to summit K2 - first five ascents 
  1. Wanda Rutkiewicz   23. June 1986
  2. Lillian Berrard   23. June 1986
  3. Julie Tullis   10. August 1986
  4. Chantal Maudit   3. August 1992
  5. Alison Hargeaves   13. August 1995

Savage Summit charts the lives of these five remarkable mountaineers.  To say it is compelling is an understatement.  I couldn't put it down.

Leah Crane // An Interview

By Jacquie Budd ‘It's important for me to have something else alongside climbing so that when I need a break, I have something else to go to…’ The name Leah Crane has always seemed synonymous with climbing. Through my 18 years of climbing there have been numerous articles...

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Shauna gets Gold at Grindelwald

After the disappointment of missing out on gold with an apparent 'dab of the foot' on the mat in Baku only a few weeks ago and reaching silver in Chongqing prior to that, Shauna Coxsey, UK no 1 climber, today pulled in the first Team GB World Cup Gold in Switzerland.  Anyone who's seen her climb will understand how this amazing powerhouse of a climber could

Gwen Moffat // Interview

Gwen Moffat is an inspiration.  She began climbing just after the war, leaving the army to live a transient life in hills, cliffs and mountains of Cornwall, Wales, Scotland and far beyond.  She became the first British female Guide.  She lived on a boat with...

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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.

WCS 2013 // Yoga, Physio, Inspiration

004There’s a certain irony about going to a women’s anything when you have stomach cramps and all you want is to be fed chocolate.  Entering a room full of friendly sporty women with a passion for climbing was just the start of a day designed to uplift, excite and inspire climbers from 14 – 70+.  The day started with a talk on the history of women climbers by Angela Soper.  I managed to get a sneaky photo of Angela climbing - if you think you’re too old for climbing, think again.  Back in the day, these amazing women were climbing in skirts and hobnailed boots!  More about Angela here.

Who is Angela Soper?

Angela Soper Climber 1Angela Soper is a stalwart of the climbing community.  She was President of the Pinnacle Club when I was only three years old (1981) and she has inspired a whole generation of UK women climbers through her mixture of consistent climbing spanning a period of 50 years and her work acting as a centre point and bringing women together to climb harder.

Most recently she has been rewarded for her commitment to climbing by being named as an Honorary Member of the BMC alongside Gwen Moffat.

Angela still climbs.  Regularly.  At the age of 50 she won

Women's Climbing Symposium 2013

Climbing HandsDo you want to climb better?  

Then the WCS is for you.  If you don't know about it already, you should.  This year's Women's Climbing Symposium is upon us - taking place on Saturday November 2nd at The Arch Climbing Centre in London 9.30am-6.30pm.  What a great line-up the WCS team have put together for us this year - Angela Soper, Fran Brown, Anne Rigge, Jen Randall, Eva Lopez and Rebecca Dent to name just a few.  They'll be covering everything from nutrition to yoga and training to testing yourself - and all in relation to climbing and at every level - from beginner to competition climbers.

Women's Climbing Symposium 2013

They have a handful of last-minute tickets available (we've heard on the grapevine), so if you log onto the website now, there may be one left just for you.

Cathy O'Dowd Talked Nanga Parbat


Cathy O'Dowd Speaker 2On 7th October Cathy joined us
for an evening's talk about her recent expedition up Nanga Parbat.  The event, supported by Pitch Climbing, Mountain Equipment & Manchester Climbing Centre, was a tremendous success and we would like to thank everyone who came to the event.  We hope that all of you who joined us enjoyed the company of Cathy and hearing her truly inspiring story - she's an incredible woman and we are very proud to have hosted the lecture and to have met her.  She gave an eloquent presentation and answered innumerable questions from the floor.