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Sílvia Vidal completes solo ascent of Sincronia Magica on Cerro Chileno Grande, Patagonia After spending 33 days alone on the wall from 07/02 - 10/03/2020, Silvia Vidal completed a new big wall climb up the West Face of Cerro Chileno Grande in Patagonia, Chile. Sincronia Magica is the first route up the mountain’s west face.

Training at home A great fingerboard warm-up session from Lattice Training - so important!! Lattice also produced this brilliant home training inspiration for people who don't have much equipment. PLUS there's a cute dog!

PRODUCT NEWS: New harnesses from EDELRID Alongside rope harnesses are another product group in which EDELRID continue to push innovation and release new products. 2020 brings 3 new models. Priced from £65-£75 they it perfectly in our range nestled between the best selling Jay and Jayne and our top-end Ace and Gambit.

Sincronia Màgica: Silvia Vidal Opens New Route on Cerro Chileno Grande During Solo Expedition Vidal spent 33 days alone on the wall without a satellite phone or radio, and had set out well before the COVID-19 crisis had been declared a global pandemic.

Rosso 70, online the mountaineering, memories and life of the Scoiattoli di Cortina ROSSO 70 - Stories and memories of 70 years of alpinism of the Scoiattoli di Cortina: by Francesco Mansutti, Vinicio Stefanello. Italy, 2009 / length: 78' / format 16/9.

Piz Ciavazes Dolomites mixed climbed repeated by Hofer, Oberlechner Hannes Hofer reports about the repeat carried out on 11 January 2020 with Mark Oberlechner of Tiroler Wasser, Acqua Tirolese, a mixed climb up Piz Ciavazes established in 2013 by Kurt Astner and Rudolf Hauser.

What to do on a sunny Easter bank holiday? You may well have made plans of one type or another for what you're going to be doing over the Easter bank holiday with friends and family but these will now have to be put on hold as we continue to respect the Covid-19 restrictions. Having said that, there is still plenty you can do at home.

Covid-19, clubs, huts and financial support The BMC is working with clubs to help them benefit from financial help that is available during these difficult times. Over the past two weeks a wide range of support has been announced, and in this article we detail some of the financial assistance that clubs could look towards, particularly those clubs with huts.

Willie Mac - Local boy retires a big thanks from RAF MR and your old mates. I met Willie Mac as a young lad from Lewis who joined the Leuchars MRT, he was enticed to join by Stampy a tiger in his day. He worked in Workshops and had not long joined the RAF. In these days he had a cheeky smile, smoked and spoke the native tongue Galic.

Win a Mountain Equipment Saltoro Jacket Fully featured with our renowned Mountain HC hood, trim but un-restrictive Alpine fit and side venting zips, this is the ideal shell for trekking and backpacking in the mountains in all but the most severe of conditions. A lightweight and protective waterproof shell with hybrid GORE-TEX construction for trekking and backpacking in the mountains.

Multi-pitch trad climbing by Dave Longbottom The stop motion multi-pitch trad climbing film created by Dave Longbottom during the Coronavirus emergency.

Chris Sharma Works Local Project at Cova de l'Ocell Sharma describes the project, just left of El Bon Combat, as "super futuristic, super bouldery, slightly old school, yet super new school at the same time." From what we can tell, that means big moves on thin holds.

Pretty Strong Film Now on Vimeo From 5.13 big walls in Yosemite to V14 boulder problems in Colorado, Pretty Strong follows eight of the world's strongest female climbers as they push the boundaries of the sport and themselves.

The Island of Barra - Call - out 1984 Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides. Long famed for its beauty - boasting beaches, hills, machair and moor all in a small island - Barra is a special place to visit, especially if you arrive by plane.

The fascinating game of climbing: Heinz Mariacher on Rude Boys Watch Heinz Mariacher repeating Rude Boys at Smith Rock, Oregon, USA. A video from 1987 that takes you back to the origins of this 'new climbing’.

BMC Board of Directors: April 2020 meeting summary Because of the restrictions arising from the Covid-19 situation, this was held as a virtual meeting with a restricted agenda. Prior to this, additional one-hour virtual meetings had been held on the evenings of 26 March and 30 March in order to progress consideration of key issues relating to financial and human resources.

Lockdown - Free Sport Climbing films to get you through isolation We've trawled the web once again and come up with a list of free and inspiring sport climbing films to get your hands sweating during lockdown. Tell us some of your favourites below and we'll add to the list if they're worthy! In July, 2001, Chris Sharma made the first ascent of Realization, the world's first confirmed 5.15, in Ceuse, France.

Emma Twyford and The Big Bang: coming to a Facebook Watch Party Join us to watch the award-winning BMC TV Big Bang film in a Facebook Watch Party on Friday 17 April. Then chat to top climber Emma Twyford and filmmaker David Petts if you've got any questions.

No Man's Land Announces Virtual Flagship Film Festival April 9-12 This is just like attending a No Man's Land Film Festival event, except-you get to do it from home!

Humor: One-Star Yelp Reviews of Classic Climbs "Word is that the Nose goes down in two hours, so I thought I could take my time and do it in three or four and be back to the cafe by lunch."

Deal of the Week: Prep for Summer with Savings on Crag Sandals Save on a pair of Chacos and keep your feet comfy when you can finally head back to the crag.

Watch Shawn Raboutou Make the First Ascent of Road Kill Highball In January, Raboutou completed the line, which follows a shorter section of steep climbing into a tall slab exit.

How to Support Climbing Freelancers, Gyms, and Retailers During the Shutdown In order to help our favorite gyms, writers, photographers, gear shops, etc. weather this storm, we've compiled this list of ways you can contribute if you have the financial means.

Student club reps update: April 2020 Find out what your student club volunteers have been up to over the last few months. Welcome to the first blog by the BMC's Student Panel! It's a strange time at the moment, with almost all club activity stopped by restrictions due to COVID-19.

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