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
Date: March 8th 2019 – International Women’s Day Location: Ojos del Salado, Chile. Depart 2am. Summit at 6,893m. Back at base camp 8pm. Sounds like a standard, well-prepped alpine ascent (‘alpine start’ = obscenely early, obvs). This 12-strong team of women were not your standard alpinists though. Only...Read More
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...Read More
"You need to combat your fears of failing first and after that, simply take it step by step. Even if you don’t get to the very top, you’ll get an awful lot from the experience as a whole." Last September, travel writer Lindsay Hawdon achieved a...Read More
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.
For many of us, climbing is not all about the hard grades; it's more about the setting, adventure, friends, and memories. Our final story of this week's mini-series comes from Michaela Tracy, who tells the story of climbing with her friend Claire Jane Carter in...Read More
Continuing our celebration theme this month, we're reflecting on the achievements of our friends. We caught up with top British climber Mina Leslie-Wujastyk for this inspiring story about her friend Tanya. "Watching Tanya climb Austrian Oak (8b) at Malham Cove is a memory firmly imprinted in...Read More
Our final story in this week's mini-series comes from Michaela Tracy, one of the UK's top multi-discipline climbers. Having been climbing for nearly 20 years, Michaela has some impressive achievements under her belt: redpointing sport 8bs, E5 trad onsights, boulder problems up to 8A, and...Read More