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Mountaineering, now the happening adventure Hyderabad: Gone are those days when rafting, caving and trekking were considered the toughest adventure activities. Mountaineering is the trend now. Buoyed by the achievement of Malavath Poorna, who scaled Mount Everest at the age of 13, youngsters from the city these days are successfully scaling mountains across the world.
Learning to lead - East Ridge of Y Garn For the final day of our learning to lead scrambling course Rachel and Martin took the East Ridge of Y Garn with me alongside. We had a few squally showers and some greasy rock so I was glad that they were moving well and with safe systems, whilst still being efficient in their progress….
Trekkers Rejoice! 137 Mountain Peaks in India Opened For Mountaineering to Foreigners, Announces Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel The National Conference of Tourism concluded successfully on August 20 in Delhi. Organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism it saw some important announcements related to the development and promotion of tourism in the country.
Pilgrimage and Sea of Tranquility for Pete Dawson After ticking Hubble earlier in the month, an unstoppable Pete Dawson raided the Orme in Llandudno and climbed Pilgrimage in Parisella's Cave and Sea of Tranquility at Lower Pen Trwyn. Once Hubble was in the bag, Pete was keen to climb at some different areas and was drawn to the Great Orme.
Robbie Phillips Completes the Alpine Trilogy Scottish climber Robbie Phillips has completed the 'Alpine Trilogy', a trio of the hardest multipitch sport climbs in Europe, by climbing Des Kaisers neue Kleider 8b+ in Austria. The trilogy consists of three routes put up in 1994 by three climbing legends of the time, Beat Kammerlander, Thomas Huber and Stefan Glowacz.
PRODUCT NEWS: MSR Zoic tent keeps you cool and dry on warm-weather adventures MSR introduce the lightweight and spacious 3-season Zoic Tent Series, designed for backpackers and adventurers looking to combine packability with comfort this summer. "Simply put, new backpackers want more comfort in their lightweight tent," says Terry Breaux, tents and shelter category manager at MSR.
Stag Rocks - "Final Selection" a three star classic diff a day with pals. The St Valery Refuge a Cairngorm lost shelter. I had wanted to do this short climb for many years; sadly for some reason when I climbed at bit I had missed it always climbing the nearby Afterthought Arete and a few others climbs many years ago. We had spoken to several pals about this climb and though a short Diff of 60 meters it has 3 stars in the Guide.
Take A Walk on the Wild Side: Mountain Mending in the Scottish Highlands Inigo Atkin takes us on a journey where Mend Our Mountains: Make One Million has helped leave a lasting legacy on some of the highest peaks not only in Scotland, but in the whole of the British Isles. The Scottish hills are often claimed to be wilder, more rugged, more intimidating than their southern counterparts, and perhaps with good reason.
Review: Fixe Dyneema 10mm Anchor System and Lotus Autolock Paired together, the 10mm Anchor System and Lotus carabiner weigh only 7 ounces and will end up as one of the lightest items in your trad kit.
Pete Whittaker relishes Recovery Drink at Jøssingfjord in Norway Britain's Pete Whittaker has freed his long-term nemesis, the heinously difficult Recovery Drink on the Profile Wall at Jøssingfjord in Norway. The overhanging crack climb was freed in 2013 by Nicolas Favresse after five weeks of effort and is hailed as being one of the physically most intense trad climbs in the world.
Dream week for Shauna Coxsey: two bronze medals and Olympic quota place After coming third in the Bouldering event at the IFSC World Championships 2019 in Hachioji, Japan, Shauna Coxsey performed spectacularly to cement her success by breaking the British Speed Climbing record and winning another bronze medal in the Combined event.
Bastow Gully Buttress For the second day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course, Martin, Rachel and I have been up Tryfan via Bastow Gully Buttress. Rachel and Martin lead the route for themselves with me alongside offering the occasional word of wisdom and with the focus of the day being safe progress working towards efficiency…
Foehn Brise Pants Review Where women climbers are strapped to find great-fitting sports bras, men are often at a loss to find great-fitting climbing pants. At least that's been my experience. Too short, too bunchy, too saggy, too techy, too easily torn-and never just right. I've yet to find or wear the perfect climbing pants.
Silvo Karo, Luka Lindic add Franček Knez memorial route to Široka peč I quickly needed to remember the art of climbing and placing protection on loose rock. Silvo's long term climbing partner and Slovenian climbing legend Franček Knez was definitely a master of this kind of climbing.
Pete Whittaker flashes Ronny Medelsvensson Pete Whittaker has flashed Ronny Medelsvensson on the Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord, Norway. Pete is in fine form at the moment having climbed his long-term project 'Recovery Drink' on the same wall last week. Ronny Medelsvensson is a crack that is climbed using thin or flaring jams and all on natural gear.
NEWSFLASH: Shauna Coxsey 3rd in Combined World Championship Great Britain's Shauna Coxsey has earned her second bronze medal of the 2019 IFSC World Championships in Hachioji, Japan by placing 3rd in the Combined final following her bronze medal performance in Boulder last week.
REVIEW: Sigma Pot Set from Sea to Summit Lorraine McCall swaps her usual lightweight titanium pots for this sturdy and user-friendly steel cook set from Sea to Summit.
Book Review: Everything I Loved More: True Tales of Rocks and Rails, by Dakota Walz Walz has done an excellent job of capturing the feeling of.
Deal of the Day: Save 25% on All Petzl Gear Petzl makes almost everything, so it's a good time to pick up any climbing gear you need.
First qualifiers for Sport Climbing Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 The Combined World Championship is currently taking place at Hachioji in Japan and as a result of the qualfiers, the first athletes to qualify for Sport Climbing taking part in the summer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 have already been decided.
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Advanced Scrambling Learn to Lead Back home for a week I have been out with Rachel and Martin today for the first day of our advanced scrambling learn to lead course. Both have done a fair bit of scrambling and some climbing and so I have changed the usual format a bit to suit their experience levels.
PRODUCT NEWS: Climbing Technology Sport Climbing Highlights Although Climbing Technology design gear for all types of climbing, it's probably fair to say that sport climbing equipment forms the core of their range. CT are based on the outskirts of Milan, close the Italian Alps and a number of world class sport climbing venues.
IFSC World Championships Hachioji: Men's Combined Qualification, More Olympic Tickets The men's Combined qualification round has selected the first 6 male athletes eligible for Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places.
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