Mike Hutton continues his tour of the UK and Ireland's finest crags with a visit to Wilton Quarries.
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. Here's Volume 2 collated from our Facebook posts.
Far, far away on the rugged coastline of Western Lewis stand some of the wildest sea cliffs in Britain. Lifetimes worth of new routing opportunities lie just waiting to be discovered in one of the most unspoiled locations in Scotland.
Overlooking the village of Tremadog, the sun-blessed cliffs of Craig Pant Ifan and Bwlch y Moch offer over 300 routes ranging from difficult to E7 on some of Wales' best rock. When the routes in Llanberis pass are cloaked in a veil of mist, Tremadog's fine compact Dolerite is often basking in the sun.
Away from the mayhem of the Eastern Edges, the Roaches enjoys a unique atmosphere of its own. Amongst this mind-boggling cluster of chaotically balanced gritstone boulders are over 350 of the most varied and interesting climbs in the Peak District.
UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Marmot Photography Awards. An automatic selection of five photos from each of the categories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then asked to vote for the overall winners of each category from this selection. In addition to the category awards, we also have three overall winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), which were selected by professional photographer Tim Glasby.
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.
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.
Occupying a wild and desolate location on Ireland's west coast, is an array of limestone Karsts that have been sculptured over many years into a sea-cliff climbers dream destination. Intermingled with a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna make this area just as interesting to the budding botanist as to the visiting climber.
Occupying a menacing position high above the Chew Valley's reservoir, is a grit stone monster of truly biblical proportions. By far the grandest crag in the Chew Valley, yet receiving rather less attention that it perhaps deserves.
By far the best crag on the Culm Coast some might say. Three precariously balanced yet magnificent fins of rock protrude out into the wrath of the thundering Atlantic swell.
An automatic selection of five photos from each of the catagories on site was made based on the votes from the previous 12 months. Users were then asked to vote for the overall winners of each catagory from this selection. In addition to the category awards we also have three overall winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), which were selected by professional photographer Tim Glasby.
Mick Ward reminisces about the British magazines that transformed climbing media as we venture ever further into the digital age, in memory of the late Ken Wilson.
Located on the upper Peuterey Ridge in the western corner of the Brenva Glacier basin, this is a remote and spectacular part of the Mont Blanc massif. The faces are impressive, and abundantly decorated with huge tottering seracs. The north face of the Grand Pilier d'Angle offers a stunning selection of mixed, ice and rock routes.
No Map Could Show Them. The pioneering Victorian women in mountaineering of the early twentieth Century. The women whose narratives and achievements became lost in the mountains, where they forged paths and ascended; their stories brought back down to earth, only to be silenced by the patriarchy.
In July 2015, Leo Houlding led a five-strong team to make the first ascent of Reflections, (E6 6b, A3+, 1250m) on the North West face of the Mirror Wall in Greenland, spending twelve nights on the wall. Although cracking the Mirror was unlikely to cause a superstitious seven years of bad luck, it proved to be a life-affirming trip for Leo in many respects.
A film of the team's ascent - Mirror Wall - is now available online for free. Our UKC Digital Feature explores the ascent through interview, photographs, an interactive topo and the film itself, presented by Berghaus and Coldhouse Collective.
It's not the length of one's life that matters most; it's the width. Dave, in touching so many of us, led a very wide life, and that is to be admired.
The north face of the Grandes Jorasses is one of the steepest and most beautiful in the Alps. At 1.5km wide and 1200m mile high it is an impressive sight. Alongside the Eiger, Drus, Matterhorn, Piz Badile and Cima Grande di Lavaredo it is one of the six 'classic' north faces of the Alps.
FOR ALMOST HIS ENTIRE LIFE, Jacky Godoffe, the 59-year-old French bouldering legend and World Cup routesetter, has lived in the forest of Fontainebleau.
From the west the Lenzspitze appears as a rather modest bump at the southern end of the Nadelgrat. However from Saastal to the east and the Oberland to the north it shows its true form and its beautiful NE snow face, the Dreieselwand, is instantly recognizable.
In March 2015, Ben flew to Alaska with his long time climbing partner Pete Graham. Their objective was in the Revelation Mountains, 100 miles south of Denali.
The jagged silhouette of this magnificent route can be seen high on the skyline when travelling along the Chamonix valley. It is a long, inspiring and commiting line that for most parties will require at least one night bivouacing under the stars.
For Babsi Zangerl, climbing the intimidating Bellavista, one of the hardest alpine multi-pitches in the world at 8c, wasn't about conquering the route's huge roof. As Babsi quested upwards, trusting rusty pitons and terrible rock, she and her partner, Ambassador Jacopo Larcher, depended totally upon each other. "The most important thing is not standing on the summit...probably the most important thing for me is to share these experiences with somebody."
The serrated 'stickleback' profile of the Rimpfischhorn's North Ridge makes it an easily recognisable landmark. It is located on the watershed between the Zermatt's Mattertal valley and Saastal.
A long approach over a spread of complex glaciers deters all but the most ardent of alpinists.
This route is the longest ridge climb in the Alps. It involves an 800m approach hike to a route which then accumulates 4500m of height gain and finishes at the summit of Mont Blanc.
It is a highlight of any alpinists career and most people will take two to three days to complete the route. It thus requires very stable weather and ideal conditions.
On the Alpine horizon Grand Combin appears like a giant stepping stone. It is isolated as the only 4000m peak between the Mont Blanc massif and the smorgasbord of high mountains around Zermatt.
It is also much less frequently climbed than any of the major peaks in the adjacent areas due to its relative inaccessibility. The principal summit, the Combin de Grafeneire is the culmination of a long ridge and plateau.
After a winter with plenty of snowfall most glaciers across the Alps will have their crevasses well bridged. Though technically not difficult the North-East Arête of the Aleschhorn is a remote and strenuous undertaking.
The Aletschhorn is a massive and shapely peak that dominates the southern flank of the Bernese Alps. It is the second highest peak in the range after the Finsteraarhorn. On the summit, high above the Rhone valley, it feels like being on the hinge of the Alps.
February is definitely not peak season for Alpine mountaineering. It is cold, slow and challenging climbing in winter... perfect time to have a bit of an adventure. As we saw last month, with a judicious choice of route we can still get out on the highest peaks in the depths of winter.
In this second part in the series "The Finest Routes in the Alps", Ben Tibbetts takes us on a journey across the East-West traverse of Breithorn.
January in the Alps. Most of us are thinking of climbing valley based icefalls or hunting the next powder turns. It's the coldest time of year and there is an abundance of loose powder snow. The avalanche risk is often considerable or high. Can we still get out on the highest mountains?
In the first part of this series of 12 articles, Ben Tibbetts shows us the summit of one of the Alp's most spectacular mountains. The Gran Paradiso.
Andy Earl is one of Britain's most accomplished climbers, from hard, dangerous first ascents in Northumberland, to performing at the highest level in World Cup competitions. In 2010, tragedy struck and changed the Earl's lives forever.
This piece looks at Andy's climbing career and his life before and after the day that changed everything, through the eyes of his partner; Suzan Dudink.
British climber Nick Bullock meets his French counterpart Jeff Mercier at the Rive Gauche, a steep mixed climbing crag in France.
Overcoming past differences, the unlikely pair team up for a desperate and nail-biting route. With good humoured rivalry, Bullock attempts to onsight one of Jeff's hardest climbs, but as he sketches his way high above his last runner, Mercier looking on in amusement, Bullock has to consider, has this been the ultimate sandbag?!
In this full screen Digital Feature, Jack Geldard and Nick Brown explore the life and tragic death of Alison Hargreaves and how her achievements have influenced her son, Tom Ballard.
With stunning historical images and exclusive video, this feature captures the experiences of Alison and Tom in an absorbing and aesthetic style and delves in to the extraordinary lives of both mother and son.