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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?

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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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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.

Inspiring Woman Shauna Coxsey

If you don't know Shauna, you should definitely watch this: a.did.as/ZeqUEK. It's a good intro to a strong, powerful woman. Get strong, women.     Next in Shauna's Series: Footwork Sign up for the Womenclimb newsletter  ...

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Guest Posts from Beth

Here at Womenclimb things are very busy.  As you may have spotted, we've had a few guest posts recently.  We're delighted to welcome new people onto our team.  The newest member is Beth.  Here's a bit about her: Beth is 26 and lives for the outdoors....

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Film Review // Push It // Jen Randall

“Push it” by Jen Randall. 34 mins, Lightshed productions. This is a short film about Jen’s dream of climbing El Cap in Yosemite. It is very much a film that makes you feel good about women climbing and has a definite “girl power” feel to it. Featuring among...

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