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Inspiring Women 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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Womenclimb Meetups Launch

Would you like to meet other women to climb with? Want to get better at climbing with the support of others? Is confidence an issue for you in climbing?   Womenclimb meetups launch to help you with all of these things. After running ad hoc meetups for a few years,...

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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

Why YOU should create a Women's Climbing Group

Lorna Potter BWCGuest writer Lorna Potter, founder of Bristol Women Climbers, discusses her insights and suggestions in the set up of  a women's climbing group.

Women's climbing groups are are a great way to empower women and create a community for women to come together and build friendships around their love for climbing. 

I'm Lorna and I run Bristol Women Climbers (BWC), a group for women climbers in Bristol to get to know other local female climbers, make friends, have fun, share skills and inspire each other to climb harder.

Wing-Sum Wong // climber bio

If you're on instagram you might have come across Project Chalk, the personal account of Wing-Sum Wong. Despite only climbing 2 years Wing trains hard and as the President of London Ladies Climb she helps to encourage other women to give climbing a go.

Womenclimb caught up with her to find out why she loves climbing and how she's dealt with recent injuries.

Women in Adventure on Film

More women on film!  That's what we're aiming for in the work we've done over three years with the BMC, running the Women in Adventure Film Competition. This year's shortlisted films have been announced and the great news is that you can go and watch every...

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Women in Mountain Rescue: Becky Isles

Womenclimb want to encourage more women to see Mountain Rescue as something they can get involved in, as despite an increase in women in MR in the last 15 years they still represent less than 20% of team members.

I met up with Becky in a little cafe in Sowerby Bridge and over a brew we chatted about our experiences in Mountain Rescue, why she got involved and how she manages to fit it around her career working as an A&E Registrar.

Women in Mountain Rescue: Carina Humberstone

Womenclimb recognises the importance that Mountain Rescue volunteers play in ensuring that climbers and hillwalkers are educated and safe when enjoying the outdoors.  Womenclimb want to encourage more interested women to see Mountain Rescue as something they can get involved in.

Today we catch up with Carina Humberstone, from Buxton MRT to chat how she got involved in Mountain Rescue and teaching water rescue skills.

Ellie and her dog Pepper
Women in Mountain Rescue: Ellie Sherwin

Womenclimb recognises the importance that Mountain Rescue volunteers play in ensuring that climbers and hillwalkers are educated and safe when enjoying the outdoors. They are the unsung heroes who ensure that those lost are found and that those in accidents are cared for.

Women are under represented in Mountain Rescue as they are in other outdoor professions and Womenclimb want to encourage more women to see Mountain Rescue as something they can get involved in.

Today we catch up with Ellie Sherwin, one of Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team’s search dog handlers to chat about her involvement in the team, the highs and lows and what she gets out of being in the team.

Women in Mountain Rescue: Karen Greene

Womenclimb recognises the importance that Mountain Rescue volunteers play in ensuring that climbers and hillwalkers are educated and safe when enjoying the outdoors. They are the unsung heroes who ensure that those lost are found and that those in accidents are cared for.

Women are under represented in Mountain Rescue as they are in other outdoor professions and Womenclimb want to encourage more women to see Mountain Rescue as something they can get involved in.

Over the next few months we will be interviewing a few key women in Mountain Rescue to find out what made them get involved, what commitment it takes, and what they get out of being a member of a team. We’ll also let you know how you can find out more and get involved.

Today we catch up with Karen Greene, one of the Wasdale Team’s Doctors to chat about her involvement in the team, the highs and lows and what she gets out of being in the team.

What to Pack - Scottish Winter

"2016 was my first experience of the full power of Scottish winter. As a complete beginner, I headed into the mountains for some training with my friends and colleagues. To say the least I learnt a lot. And from their combined advice and experience I was taught how I should pack for a real winter."

A day out mountaineering in the beautiful hills of Scotland.

Steph Heeley talks us through her top tips of what to pack for a successful day out mountaineering in winter.

Packing for a Scottish Winter Day Out

Packing for a cold winter day in the Mountains should be split into two categories:

  1. The car
  2. The bag
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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WCS 2016 // Review // The Talks!

It’s hard to imagine the team at Women’s Climbing Symposium could improve their events from the previous years but we think they did just that. WCS 2016 saw 400 women from all over the country (and around the world too!) gather together to hear motivating and informative talks, learn some invaluable skills in workshops and network with like-minded super psyched people.

As always it was a star studded event with headline speakers Lisa Rands, Jo Pavey and WCS’s very own Shauna Coxsey, not to mention the plethora of high end climbing crushers like Leah Crane, Mina Leslie Wyjastyk and Suz Dudikn, to name but a few! This year there was theme of goals and so it was great that some of the speakers included women that pushed the boundaries of societal expectations and choose their own paths in life, among them outdoor leader Libby peter, nutritionist Rebecca Dent and entrepreneur Rachael Briggs.

Our very own Zoe gives us a taste of what some of the talks were like…

Pole Vaulter to Climber to Explorer // Stephanie Langridge

Stephanie Langridge Australin AdventurerBefore travelling to south America in March 2016 Stephanie Langridge had only ever climbed indoors in her local climbing and bouldering centres.  She has been climbing for less than three years, yet in June 2016 she summited a 5686metre peak lovingly named The Bull, in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, close to Huarez in Peru.  How did she go from zero to a 5600metre summit in under 3 years? Last week Stephanie spoke to us about her journey.  We’ve got some really important take aways that will really help you if you want to become more adventurous or if have been scared to do something different, so read on and, most importantly, leave Stephanie a message.

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

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!

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.

Ella Williams // Climber Bio

Ella Williams - Outdoor Instructor'Climbing for me is like a dance, when I am in the moment I don’t have to think about what I’m doing.'

Ella Williams is an outdoors instructor living in North Wales.  At the time of writing, she was 29 years old, born in 1987, having started rock climbing at the age of 26.  She is 5ft1 (155cm tall). We met Ella on a climbing weekend in north Wales in 2015, where she showed her love of sharing the outdoors with others.  This is a really beautiful piece of writing, enjoy.

5 Top Tips for a newbie film maker!

 Heather Swift, winner of the 2016 Women in Adventure Film Competition with her film Kosmos, gives us some tips for newbie film-makers.  The competition will be re-launching very soon, so sign up to our newsletter today to find out about the competition first. So, you are...

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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.

Women's Climbing Symposium is back!!

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:

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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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.  

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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