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Outdoor Climbing Venues Tag

Bouldering in Finland: Part Two

Spring Fin Bouldering,  Åland Island Life Anssi Laatikainen photography Spring sunshine is brushing the surface of red granite blocks in Åland’s Djupviksgrottorna (more casually, Grottan). The granite here is slated in such a way that the ubiquitous roofs look like they’ve been constructed from stacked up Lego blocks. The hold-potential of those...

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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... 

Alderman Rocks, Chew Valley

Having scrambled around Alderman Rocks a couple of times before, I was confident heading there for my first climb of the season outdoors. I'm still fairly new to trad climbing, don't lead and am still cautious about who I climb with and where. So it was good to go somewhere I felt I knew.

Despite its position high above the Chew Valley in Oldham, Alderman Rocks is a friendly crag with a good variety of easy and harder routes.

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... 

Almscliff // Outdoor Climbing Venue // Review

Beth, our very own Womenclimb contributor set out to give you lovely readers a first hand account of the popular Yorkshire climbing venue of Almscliff.

Almscliff is an impressive grit stone crag in the heart of Yorkshire jutting out of a sea of finely combed fields and against a backdrop of distant viaducts and farmlands. The crag lies a few miles north of Leeds and Bradford and the parking is plenty with a 5-10 minute easy walk in on a footpath.  It has an “unmissable” reputation, being a natural crag which is very accessible with a wide range of grades to suit beginners to seasoned trad legends. Read on to see if this venue should be on your ticklist....

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... 

Portland sea crag
Battleship Back Cliff – top sport climbing crag for harder grades

Anna Fedorova gives her insight and insider tips on Battleship Back Cliff, a sandstone crag situated near Weston, on the Isle of Portland.  It's an exciting venue, which offers technical and fingery sport climbing routes, with a couple of trad routes thrown in. Some of its key features include the recently developed Workout Wall for those working the harder grades, as well as some easy beginner climbing on the Block Slab.

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Climbing at Malham Cove // Yorkshire

By Jacquie Budd // When I was 5 years old I moved to Malham.  Growing up there, the fields and rivers were my back garden. Sitting with friends on top of Malham Cove and playing rounders in the fields below the Cove was just normal life and I was totally unaware of the importance that climbing had in the area. The only time I did become aware of any climbing taking place was when the odd emergency siren went past our house and my Dad spoke the infamous words we came to know and love “that’ll be another climber fallen off then”.

Women Rock with Mountain Monkeys

The wonderful Innes Macdonald who runs Mountain Monkeys is offering something really special this International Women's Day 2014: Free Outdoors Climbing in the Peak District Session Times: Saturday 8th march 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm Sunday 9th March 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm WHO & WHERE This session is for any woman over the age of 18.  No experience...

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Climbing in Costa Blanca in March

By Hannah Thomson // There has to be no giddier a team than two girls from Hull finding themselves in a rental car on the Spanish coast on a Sunday morning in March on their way to climb in Costa Blanca. Lydia and I had met working at Rockcity Climbing Centre the previous winter and, after hearing rumours of sunny sport climbing abroad, we booked flights to Alicante and worked out the rest afterwards. We found cheap accommodation at the Orange House near the village of Finestrat and hired a rental car from Alicante airport which made getting to the many crags a piece of cake. That, and we had managed to borrow a guidebook (from the 80s) and commandeered a SatNav. Oh, and a brand new 60m rope belonging to one of our friends.

Best Places to Boulder in the Peak

Bouldering overhang at Burbage SouthWith winter setting in and the nights drawing close, I think it's time to consider bouldering as an outdoor option that eats less time and helps you to avoid frostbite in the chilly weather.  Here are our Peak District Top Tips:

Best Peak Bouldering venues

1.  Curbar //  Top Tier // Right Hand Side

Forty ish problems graded 3-5 - perfect for beginners.  Around 15 minute walk-in.  Parking available in bays nearby - does get busy in summer.

Climbing in the Alps - Ailefroide

Information about climbing near to Ailefroide in France:

Ailefroide climbing 208Guidebooks

You can buy a local crag guidebook for €11 at the shop in Ailefroide.


Ailefroide climbing 211

The rock type is granite and the majority of the easy access routes are slabs.  The climbs are all about smearing and footwork.  If you're used to climbing with your arms, then get practicing without any handholds!

Stanage Review

Stanage climbing women4Guest Post by Linda Wales: Stanage End, Peak District, UK

What I liked most: I’ve climbed here before and you get a multitude of different grades so whatever grade you’re at, however you’re feeling that day, there will be something to climb.  The other people climbing there are always friendly so you can take advice, offer advice, or just chat and there are no cliques or funny attitudes.

What could be better: nothing.  It’s great.  Really enjoy my time climbing there.