Inspired by the popular Humans of New York Facebook series by Brandon Stanton, we thought that sharing short vignettes from a cross section of the climbing community would serve as an antidote to the political polemic of today's society.
We asked individuals to write about their climbing story to share on social media. The high interest in and strong emotional response to these accounts prompted us to share them in volumes of ten in a Digital Feature format to broaden their reach and encourage more people to write about their climbing lives. Introducing The Humans...
Far away on the rugged dolerite sea-cliffs of western Skye is a place where climbers' dreams come true. Mike Hutton recounts his experiences of this trad climber's retreat.
Overlooking the picturesque slopes of Wharfedale is a climbing destination of national significance. The distinctive Cow and Calf rocks, plus the secluded Rocky Valley offer 278 routes on some of the finest Gritstone in the country. The variety of features on offer is mind-boggling. Protectable cracks, terrifying arêtes, technical walls and blind groove lines can all be found amongst this gritstone playground.
Music. Photography. Climbing. This unlikely triad of passions has influenced Jim Herrington's life from a young age, one occasionally pulling him further away from the others, as he strove to find an elusive equilibrium.
Over the last twenty years, two of these passions have intertwined in pursuit of an ambitious project to create a photo book paying homage to rock stars of a different kind; those whose records weren't for selling, but for setting on virgin peaks and faces by means of first ascents and gutsy endeavours, during the loosely defined 'Golden Age' of climbing from the 1920s to the '70s. Meet The Climbers.