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ARTICLE: The Geology of Britain - A Climber's Perspective: Part 1 - Igneous Rocks

Article The Geology of Britain - A Climber's Perspective: Part 1 - Igneous Rocks

In this three-part series, Pete Reynolds AKA 'The Lakeland Rock Doctor' takes us on a tour of the varied and interesting rocks of the British Isles upon which we love to climb... The British Isles are composed of a remarkable combination and variety of rock types assembled over millennia. We can never hope to understand all their curios and quirks in a short series of articles, or even a lifetime. However, this series of articles provides some insight into the geological history of Britain, as well as how Earth processes ultimately influence our leisure, craft and profession. The articles are divided according to the 3 main types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic).

INTERVIEW: Perfect Partners #16 - Malcolm Bass and Simon Yearsley

Interview Perfect Partners #16 - Malcolm Bass and Simon Yearsley

Interview Nick Bullock - Comfort

It's a strange world we live in now, as social media warps our perceptions of what people are like in real life. I fall victim to this as an endless stream of photos and videos from top climbers flicker before my eyes. All-round mountaineer and author Nick Bullock...

PODCAST: Factor Two - On and Off, A Headpointing Story

Prompted by Franco Cookson's article on headpointing recently, Wil Treasure shares a short bonus interview recorded in November 2017 with Tim Lowe...

Always a Little Further

Writer Jeff Connor remembers the Scottish author Alastair Borthwick (1913-2003) … and his collaboration with climbing publisher...

The Old-Timers who Climb

As a video of a 99 year-old woman trying out climbing for the first time goes viral and some walls begin to offer free climbing for...

51 Degrees North - Winter Climbing in South Wales

David Kilner shares some local knowledge for South Walian Winter climbing, inspired by Toby Archer's popular...


DESTINATION GUIDE: Gorges de l'Aveyron

Gorges de l'Aveyron

Somewhere this good would have queues on every route, right? I saw only a handful of other climbers in the course of a two-week trip, and some of those were friends I'd arranged to meet there. Toby Dunn spills the beans on a top French ...

Bouldering in Oukaimeden, Morocco

Oukaimeden is a small village in the High Atlas Mountains (2700m.) of Morocco and only 90 minutes drive from Marrakech. A new boulder destination with thousands of untouched sandstone boulders. Dutch climber and local resident Keoma Jacobs...

Bishop: the Buttermilks and Beyond...

If you were to ask a child to draw a prototypical boulder, the chances are they'd sketch something similar to the Buttermilks. When combined with the alpine backdrop, this must make Bishop one of the most aesthetic places to boulder in the...

Hostile Terrain - Trad Adventures in North Devon & Cornwall

Devon's honorary Brummy Stu Bradbury takes a look at some of the more esoteric offerings of...

Spittal Crag, Northumberland

Franco Cookson shares the delights of Spittal Crag in Northumberland... In 2005 Cassim Ladha, Steve Burdett and...

Hodge Close Quarry - An Unlikely DWS Paradise

Neil Gresham takes a closer look at what could either be a chossy hole in the ground or a quirky...

Donegal

Donegal, in the northwest of Ireland, contains more climbable rock than the rest of Ireland combined, with two major mountain ranges, eight...


ARTICLE: Grappling with Fear - Mid Climb

Grappling with Fear - Mid Climb

Sally Lisle shares four simple (but not necessarily easy) tools to help you grapple with fear when it kicks in mid...

Franco Cookson Franco Cookson's Guide to Headpointing

The evil word. Pre-practice, top roping, working: all synonyms for that most diabolical of threats to stylistic purity. Even before Alastair Lee's aesthetic masterpiece Onsight, headpointing had got a bit of a dubious reputation for allowing Trad...

Neil Gresham Technique and Training Toe-Hooking and Clamping

Neil Gresham continues his technique series and the theme of footwork, taking an in-depth look at toe-hooking.

Top Tips Ten Top Tips for Buying Winter Boots

Whether you're a winter walker or a winter climber, buying the right boot can be bewildering, so MIC Jake Phillips has some advice to help you make that crucial decision.

British Mountain Guide Becoming a British Mountain Guide

Aspirant British Mountain Guide shares some thoughts and tips that he's learnt whilst preparing for the BMG training scheme.

Pertex Expedition Series Pertex Expedition Series Part 4: How to get to Basecamp

Lattice Training Series with Tom Randall Part 7: Training Lessons from the Over 50's

Lattice Training Series with Tom Randall Part 6: Finger Injuries

Pertex Expedition Series Part 3 - How To Get Fit


DIGITAL FEATURE: The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Almscliff

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Almscliff

DIGITAL FEATURE: Volume 3

Humans of Climbing Volume 3

DIGITAL FEATURE: The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Range East, Pembroke

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Range East, Pembroke

DIGITAL FEATURE: The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Wilton

The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland The Finest Crags in the UK & Ireland: Wilton


TRIP REPORT: El Potrero Chico - Multi-pitch Sport Climbing in Mexico

El Potrero Chico - Multi-pitch Sport Climbing in Mexico

'The idea of going to El Potrero Chico, Mexico was agreed on. I got in touch with Peter to say I was going to be in North America between February and March. Wanting sunshine and multi-pitch sport climbing El Portrero kept coming up in discussions...

Expedition Riso Patron Sur

In February/March 2018, Matteo Della Bordella (ITA) and Silvan Schüpbach (SUI) climbed the Riso Patron Sur in Chile, establishing King Kong (900m, M7+, 90°). They sent in the following report.

New Multi-Pitch in Kyrgyzstan - Alexandra Supernova

"Kyrgyzstan! Wow! Where is that? Can you climb there?" Almost everyone asks me this whenever I start to tell the story of my last summer-holiday. "Yes, you can!" Kyrgyzstan is the home of the Pamir-Alai-Mountains. There are many...

New French Route on Baffin Island

In May, a team from the Chamonix-based GMHM (the French mountain military) opened a new route on Baffin Island, Canada....

Jiptik Valley 2016

In July of this year, Robert Taylor, John Proctor, Ciaran Mullan and Phil Dawson headed to the Jiptik valley in Southeast Kyrgyzstan....

Greenland - New Peaks, New Routes

Can I commit to a trip to Greenland this summer? Can I commit quickly? Can I commit now!? A personal account of...

The Bad Man from Bodie - Greenland New Routing

Wil Treasure and Duncan Barrack share a trip report from Greenland's Tasermiut Fjord, where they...


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