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Published: 2017-09-22T09:00+01:00


ARTICLE: The Boardman Tasker Legacy


(image) Ahead of the 2017 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, Stephen Venables reflects on the legacy of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker.

COMPETITION: Win an MSR Access Series Tent


(image) When it comes to winter backcountry camping, MSR's new Access Tents are carving fresh tracks. Lighter than a classic mountaineering tent, but warmer than backpacking tents, they're the first tents to strike a balance between high-quality winter protection and true lightweight performance in livable designs.

ARTICLE: Owey - The Picture of a Dream


(image) In July 2014 I saw a picture that made my jaw hit the floor. The news item, entitled "John McCune Climbs Ireland's Ultimate Granite Wall", had several photographs within it that blew my mind. Throughout this article, Rob Greenwood tells the tale of the events that ensued.

OPINION: It's Time to Stand up for Stanage


(image) Stanage will hopefully be enjoyed for generations to come, but the landscape and the access we enjoy cannot be taken for granted. Stanage – and the rest of the North Lees estate – is again facing an uncertain future, write Adam Long and Henry Folkard.

DESTINATION GUIDE: Vedauwoo, Wyoming - A Crack Climbing Paradise


(image) Vedauwoo is crack climbing gem of a location, that's virtually unknown amongst Brits. It's situated in Wyoming, just North of Denver and 6 hours east of Salt Lake City. If people happen to have heard of it, they are usually then put off by the stories; granite crystals like Lego pieces which rip chunks out of your skin; cracks so wide and flaring you get gobbled up, munched alive then spat back out broken and bloody and wild west folk with big pickup trucks and guns.

ARTICLE: China's Climbing Spiderwoman


(image) A recent news piece on BBC Capital shared the story of Luo Dengping, otherwise known as 'China's Spiderwoman.' Scottish photographer and filmmaker Christopher Cherry lives and works in Beijing and travelled to Getu valley in Guizhou province to document Miss Luo's extraordinary line of work.

Win a new Pongoose Climber 700 3in1 clipstick


(image) Pongoose is a brand new grass-roots UK climbing brand. Our mission is to help climbers and boulderers everywhere to start pushing the grade. We are proud to announce the release of the Pongoose Climber 700 - the first multi-directional 3in1 clipstick, brushing stick and camera boom. Designed and made by climbers who know exactly what you want, this is the one device climbers everywhere have been waiting for.  

DESTINATION GUIDE: Tensleep Canyon: A Wilderness Paradise


(image) Tensleep Canyon: one of America's best sport climbing destinations. Hidden away in rural Northern Wyoming, this paradise of dolomite pocket-pulling is hard to access, but definitely worth the effort.

COMPETITION: Win 1 of 2 Organic Simple Bouldering Mats


(image) Sometimes the best things in life are simple. Organic's Simple pad gives you everything you want from a bouldering pad with exceptional, long-lasting foam, quality fabrics and an adjustable carrying system.

ARTICLE: Perfect Partners #2 - Hazel Findlay and Madeleine Cope


(image) In this new series of articles, Tom Ripley interviews some well-known climbing partnerships to dig up their dirty secrets and find out what they really think of one another...

Hazel Findlay and Madeleine Cope are two of the strongest climbers ever to come out of Warrington. Whilst Hazel (28) is one of the superstars of world climbing, the equally talented Maddy (26) is one of its rising stars.

OPINION: The Trouble With Bracken


(image) It's taking over hillsides and swamping crag access routes... and then there are the ticks. Bracken is hard to kill; so what makes it so successful, and what can be done?

The Dorset Bolt Fund - Fund Raising, Rebolting and Bolt Failures


(image) Dorset is one of the most popular sport climbing areas in the UK. The most popular routes receive hundreds of ascents each year. Pete Oxley began bolting on Portland over 25 years ago, and he had no idea how popular the area would become. There are now over 1500 sport routes in Dorset, many of which were bolted in the early 90's, and have homemade staple bolts which are fixed in soft rock. Over the last few months there have been three bolt failures whilst in use. We spoke to Marti about his role raising funds for the bolting, the widespread problem of aging bolts and how to recognise deteriorating bolts.

COMPETITION: Win 1 of 3 New Petzl ACTIK CORE Rechargeable Headlamps


(image) Petzl's new ACTIK CORE is a rechargeable, compact. multi-beam headlamp with red lighting, designed for all outdoor activities. We have 3 up for grabs.

ARTICLE: Mindfulness in Climbing


(image) What exactly is mindfulness? I started asking myself this question when my Instagram feed was seemingly obsessed with it, as were most magazines I came across and cool hipster cafés I liked visiting. They all shared the same message: 'Be more mindful!', 'Calm down and enjoy the moment.' 'Focus on yourself, on the present!'

Austrian sports psychologist and climber Madeleine Eppensteiner explains the ubiquitous social media obsession with 'mindfulness.' What is it, and how can it be applied to climbing?

COMPETITION: WINNER - Win a pair of the new Five Ten Guide Tennie


(image) The all new Guide Tennie. Lamont dozier wrote it. Odissey famously covered it. We're doing it. Going back to our roots! Old school feel. New school tech. Win yourself a pair!