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Austria Alpin Top Grip Crampon - £15
A four point walking crampon that weighs in at only 289gms and is easy to fit any boot or approach shoe with a heel. Just stow in the top of your pack and you are ready to navigate any icy path (or moderate scramble) in the UK's mountains. They are also very useful for taking along on alpine rock routes where you may encounter brief icy slopes that don't requite full ice gear.
Size range: UK3.5 to UK12
Suitable for all boots with a raised heel sole
Supplied with tough nylon stuff sack
Weight: 298g (per pair)
Buy online at Rock and Run
World Climbing Calendar by Simon Carter - £12.99 and The Alpinist 'First Ascent' Calendar -£12.95
These are two large format and stunning calendars which will inspire, motivate and just have you yearning to take that next trip. Simon Carter is one of the world's best climbing photographers and this calendar documents some of his travels around the world's best climbing areas.
The Alpinist magazine calendar documents alpine and rock first ascents including Peter Croft on Sierra granite, Tommy Caldwell blasting two routes on El Cap in a day, Alex Huber on the Alp's hardest high-altitude rock climb and Steve House on another Greater Range first ascent, the West Face of Cayesh, Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Plus you get photo-diagrams of the routes and quotes from those photographed.
Buy online at Outside
Patagonia Cap 1 Scoop Neck - £27.00
A feminine cut and designed quick-wicking base layer made from Patagonia's silky-soft Capilene 1. Not only does it look good but the fabric is made from 3.7-oz, 100% post-consumer recycled (and 100% recyclable) Capilene 1 polyester, the lightest of Patagonia's baselayers. A master at managing moisture to keep you cool during active use in warm to sweltering conditions, it also helps protect from the sun and acts as an excellent quick-wicking baselayer beneath warmer layers.
Silky fabric is ultra-light, breathable and quick-to-dry
Self-fabric binding neck is slightly scooped for a more feminine shape, and maintains coverage under layers
Raglan sleeves reduce chafe under pack or luggage straps and provide an enhanced fit
Angled side panels eliminate pesky seams where body is most active
Weight 128 g.
Buy online at Gear For Girls
Set in Stone - Profile of Dave Birkett - £18.99
Set in Stone is the award winning climbing film from Alastair Lee and David Halsted about the Lakeland climber Dave Birkett. Lots and lots of excellent climbing footage and spectacular scenery panoramas of the Lakes. Beautiful music, interesting interviews. This film really is a work of art and something you will watch again and again. It includes Birkett on the first ascent of 'Return of the King' (E9 6c), Dave's latest addition to Scafell's East Buttress, as well as many other modern Lakeland test pieces such as the extraordinary 'Nowt But a Flee'in Thing' (E8 6c) on Cam Crag, Wasdale Screes; a stunningly evocative line. Other highlights include the legendary 'If Six was Nine' (E9 6c) on Lakeland's esoteric Iron Crag; a route climbed 14 years ago and which remains one of the country's most formidable climbs. Plus Birkett recounts how he made the hardest traditional 'on-sight' ascent in the world at Dove Crag: the aptly-named 'Fear of Failure' (E8 6c).
Buy online at Posing Productions
DMM Bug and Lynx HMS Set - £18.50
A great belay deal from Joe Browns. The DMM Bug and Lynx HMS form the ideal pair for a belay set, and are also suitable for abseiling as they have sufficient material to dissapate the heat generated. Made and sold in Wales!
The karabiner is a classic cold forged 12mm HMS,
Overall length: 110mm
Gate opening: 23mm
Major Axis: 23kN
Minor Axis: 7kN
Gate Open: 7kN
Buy online at Joe Brown Shop
Wild Country Oxygen 10cm Quickdraw - £11.00
Wild Country's latch free nose profiled quickdraw is amazing value at £11. The nose is shrouded too to minimise gate rub on rock. A good size for general use. A 10cm*12mm dyneema sling links the carabiners.
Oxygen is Three Sigma Rated and built from 7075 aluminium alloy.
Clean-lock' nose, cold forged open shape, high gate open and cross gate loading strength.
Buy online at V12 Outdoor
Scarpa Lightning Climbing Shoe - £30
A kids shoe with velcro fastening, easy on, easy off. with a Vibram XS Grip rubber sole. The Lightening is more flexible than some other kids shoes, so allows easy smearing.
This is the perfect choice for older children who have outgrown other kids models, but don't need the high performance fit of adult shoes. The shoe is designed to offer a relaxed fit, which shouldn't put undue pressure on growing feet.
Buy online at Crag X
CAMP Star Kid - £25.52
A helmet specifically designed for the younger climbers' heads. Anatomical, comfortable, light and well ventilated. Made of injection moulded ABS. One size, with fast adjustment system. The kit includes a set of stickers for decorating the helmet
Buy online at Walk High Mountaineering
Sport Climbing+ by Adrian Berry and Steve McClure - £14.50
A departure from Rockfax's usual guidebooks they have now entered the domain of performance climbing books. This is the first in a series. Sport Climbing+ takes a practical approach to improving your sport climbing, focusing on the improvements that climbers can make immediately, without embarking on lengthy training programs. Written in a highly accessible, jargon-free style, Sport Climbing+ is sure to be useful to all climbers wishing to get involved with sport climbing; from complete beginners making their first trip outside after leaving the wall, to experienced athletes just trying to find that extra bit of help required for their latest 8a redpoint. Written by two of the UK's top performing climbers.
Buy online at Rockfax
The Climbing Calendar (Scotland 2007) - £12.95
Cubby has done it all and he is one of the most dedicated and talented adventure photographers in the UK. This is a large format, quality calendar (approx A3 in dimension). The focus is once again on Scotland, a country famed and respected all over the world for its place in the history of rock and ice climbing, outstanding scenery and an infinite variety of climbing venues. The seasonal images have wide appeal and there is bound to be at least one familiar climb, whatever you operating level. Ice, mixed, mountain rock and sea cliff climbing - its all here. If you are an outdoor enthusiast the beautiful and dramatic photography cannot fail to inspire.
Buy online at Cubby Images
Trek mates Silk Balaclava - £10.79
Essential kit for when on the hill or ice this winter the Trekmates Silk Balaclava, as with the silk gloves and socks, allows you to maximize the number of layers whilst minimising the bulk.
They are an excellent addition to your cold weather gear and at only 28g they are undeniably "invisible" when you are packing light.
Buy online at PlanetFear