Emma Twyford


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Emma is one of the very best female climbers operating in the current British scene. She has flashed both E7 and F8a, headpointed E9 and is the first British woman to redpoint F9a.

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Emma Twyford and Rob  © UKC

Video Kendal Rekindled: Emma Twyford Interview

Emma Twyford has had a massive year. She's ticked The Big Bang, becoming the first British woman to climb 9a and The Big Issue (E9 6c). We caught up with her at Kendal Mountain Festival where she was promoting her new film.

Emma Twyford makes the third ascent of The Big Bang 9a.  © Marc Langley
Emma Twyford makes the third ascent of The Big Bang 9a.  © Marc Langley

Interview Emma Twyford on The Big Bang 9a

'Did that just happen?' a bemused Emma asked belayer Angus Kille after clipping the chains and descending. As is often the case, the successful attempt went down without much struggle, and Emma felt 'in the zone' despite less-than-perfect conditions at the...

Emma Twyford on The Big Bang 9a.  © Paul Diffley/Hot Aches Productions
Emma Twyford on The Big Bang 9a.  © Paul Diffley/Hot Aches Productions

Newsflash The Big Bang 9a by Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford has become the first British woman to climb 9a with a redpoint of The Big Bang at Lower Pen Trwyn, North Wales. Emma's ascent is only the third of this route, first climbed in 1996 by Neil Carson.

Pitch 2 of the Camilotto Pellisier.  © John Bunney
Pitch 2 of the Camilotto Pellisier.  © John Bunney

News Camilotto Pellisier (8a/+) by Helliker and Twyford

Matt Helliker and Emma Twyford have freed the 11-pitch Dolomites classic, the Camilotto Pellisier (8a/+) on...

Alex Mason on The Cwm Face  © Charlotte Milner
Alex Mason on The Cwm Face  © Charlotte Milner

News North Wales Trad Round-up

'The hills have been alive with rock climbers,' says Calum Muskett. He rounds-up the last year (or two) in North Wales trad...

Emma Twyford repeats The Big Issue E9 6c.  © Mike Hutton
Emma Twyford repeats The Big Issue E9 6c.  © Mike Hutton

News The Big Issue E9 6c by Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford has repeated The Big Issue E9 6c at Bosherston Head, Pembroke.

Emma on a repeat ascent of Right Wall E5 6a  © Marc Langley
Emma on a repeat ascent of Right Wall E5 6a  © Marc Langley

Interview Emma Twyford - Not Just a Sport Climber 

Marc Langley speaks to Emma Twyford about all things climbing and route setting... Emma Twyford needs...

Emma keeping composed on a wet Nightmayer.  © John Bunney
Emma keeping composed on a wet Nightmayer.  © John Bunney

News Nightmayer E8 6c by Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford  © UKC News
Emma Twyford  © UKC News

News Dyer's Lookout E9s by Twyford, McHaffie and Cope

Emma Twyford happy to tick Mind Control 8c.  © Alex Haslehurst
Emma Twyford happy to tick Mind Control 8c.  © Alex Haslehurst

News Mind Control 8c by Emma Twyford

Rob Greenwood on Yukan II  © Adam Booth
Rob Greenwood on Yukan II  © Adam Booth

News Nesscliffe Round-up - 104 E-Points in a Weekend!

No Longer at Ease  © Julia Wakeling
No Longer at Ease  © Julia Wakeling

News Emma Twyford Flashes Gravity Wave E8

Evie setting a tricky slab problem  © Paul Alexander
Evie setting a tricky slab problem  © Paul Alexander

Features Climbing the Ladder: Female Routesetters

Dave Birkett on 'Impact Day' E8/9 6c, Pavey Ark.   © Alastair Lee - Posingproductions.com
Dave Birkett on 'Impact Day' E8/9 6c, Pavey Ark.   © Alastair Lee - Posingproductions.com

News Impact Day E8 for Woodburn, McHaffie and Twyford

Emma on the crux of Melancholie 8b  © Glyn Hudson
Emma on the crux of Melancholie 8b  © Glyn Hudson

News Melancholie 8b for Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford chilling before her ascent of Rare Lichen  © Alex Haslehurst
Emma Twyford chilling before her ascent of Rare Lichen  © Alex Haslehurst

Newsflash Strawberries E7 6b for Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford  © lil cath
Emma Twyford  © lil cath

Interview Emma Twyford on Unjustified - 8c or 8b+?

Emma Twyford flashing Statement of Youth  © Jon Butters
Emma Twyford flashing Statement of Youth  © Jon Butters

Newsflash First British 8c for Emma Twyford

Emma Twyford climbing Yukan II, E6/7 6b, Nesscliffe  © Ollie Cain
Emma Twyford climbing Yukan II, E6/7 6b, Nesscliffe  © Ollie Cain

News Emma Twyford Flashes Bucket Dynasty - Lakes E7

Emma Twyford climbing Yukan II, E6/7 6b, Nesscliffe  © Ollie Cain
Emma Twyford climbing Yukan II, E6/7 6b, Nesscliffe  © Ollie Cain

News Emma Twyford Flashes Yukan II, E6/7

Emma Twyford crimping, mid-crux on Rare Lichen, E9 6c  © Ray Wood
Emma Twyford crimping, mid-crux on Rare Lichen, E9 6c  © Ray Wood

Interview Emma Twyford Climbs E9

Emma Twyford in Morocco  © M Daviet - MHW
Emma Twyford in Morocco  © M Daviet - MHW

News Emma Twyford Repeats Rare Lichen E9

Emma on her onsight ascent of 'Pretty Girls Make Graves', E6 6b  © Miles Hill
Emma on her onsight ascent of 'Pretty Girls Make Graves', E6 6b  © Miles Hill

News Emma Twyford onsights Pretty Girls Make Graves (E6)

Emma Twyford enjoying herself on London Wall E5 6a, Millstone 4  © li'l Kath
Emma Twyford enjoying herself on London Wall E5 6a, Millstone 4  © li'l Kath

Product News Emma Twyford Joins Mountain Hardwear

Emma Twyford flashing Statement of Youth  © Jon Butters
Emma Twyford flashing Statement of Youth  © Jon Butters

News Emma Twyford Flashes 'Statement...' - F8a

Emma Twyford  © li'l Kath, Sep 2008
Emma Twyford  © li'l Kath, Sep 2008

News Emma Twyford Climbs Predator - F8b

Emma Twyford  © UKC News
Emma Twyford  © UKC News

News Emma Twyford Onsights F8a

Emma Twyford, London Wall E5 6a, Millstone 1  © li'l Kath
Emma Twyford, London Wall E5 6a, Millstone 1  © li'l Kath

News F8a for Emma Twyford


Latest Reviews for Emma's Sponsors

Reviews from the UKC editorial team

Ascensionist montage  © John McKenna

Patagonia Ascensionist Jacket

It's not built for serious Scottish winter abuse, but for sweaty mountain activities, from ski touring and mountaineering to hillwalking, the lightweight Ascensionist shell would be a big hit, reckons John McKenna.

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear
The ultimate test for a cam: polished Stoney limestone  © UKC Gear

DMM Dragonfly Micro Cams

DMM's long-anticipated entry into the micro cam market was worth the wait, says Theo Moore

Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey
Comfortable out of the box on Beinn a' Chrulaiste  © Dan Bailey

Scarpa R-Evo GTX

"A non-techy walking boot that can eat the miles without chewing your feet up too, the R-Evo is built for comfort" reckons Dan Bailey...

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot)...

The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear
The Vapour V, once bedded in, smears surprisingly well  © UKC Gear

Scarpa Vapour V

The original Vapour V came out in 2010, but the latest version has seen some big changes. This is very much a shoe of two halves, says Rob...


Latest News from Emma's Sponsors

Annoucements direct from manufacturers

Scarpa Veloce

The Veloce offers comfort and technology with special focus on indoor climbing. A slightly downturned shape with an extra spacy toe box is the secret to its high level of comfort.

Climbers  © Patagonia
Climbers  © Patagonia

Patagonia - Shell, Yeah!

Patagonia is the first in the industry to make all shells with recycled materials and sew them all in a Fair Trade Certified factories. That's what is being celebrated with their Shell, Yeah! campaign. The focus is on the achievement - causing less harm with...

Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa
Mont Blanc Pro  © Scarpa

Scarpa Mont Blanc Pro GTX

The Mt Blanc Pro is a warm and durable boot designed for technical mountaineering and winter climbing. The new Mt Blanc Pro is built around the latest Essential AC sole platform which is lightweight, and cushioned but also extremely burly and durable. The TPU...

Friction Labs  © Friction Labs
Friction Labs  © Friction Labs

Friction Labs Secret Stuff + AF

Secret Stuff is FrictionLabs answer to liquid chalk. Rub a small amount on your hands, let dry, and a perfect layer of the...

Phantom Tech  © Scarpa
Phantom Tech  © Scarpa

Scarpa Phantom Tech

The Phantom Tech is a super light, technically precise, gaitered boot for cold weather mountaineering and ice climbing. The new...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Climbing Gear  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Climbing Gear

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...