Nick Bullock


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Nick Bullock should need little in the way of introduction.

One of Britain's finest alpinists and rock climbers, known for bold and audacious ascents, he is also a writer and occasional poet. A man who had already opted for one of life's tougher careers as a PT instructor for HM Prison Service only to give it all up, along with the regular salary and house to live in a van and pursue his passion for climbing. His appetite for climbing is as ferocious as ever. Nick is a genuine personality, that rare breed of person who understands and revels in the intricacies and emotions of climbing and mountaineering.

He has made numerous first ascents in Scottish winter, in the Greater Ranges, when trad climbing, and in the Alps. His 2016 ascent of Nyainqentangla South East via the North Buttress won him and his partner Paul Ramsden a prestigious Piolet d’Or (the ‘Oscar of mountaineering’) and worldwide commendation. Nick is one of the finest Scottish winter climbers of his generation, making exceptional first ascents such as Nevermore (X) on Lochnagar. His love for winter extends further afield where he has made ascents of numerous very technical routes in Canada, though one trip was cut short by him having to fight off a bear!

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The Ticklist #36 Hard Sport, New Trad, International Bouldering and Adam Ondra

This week's ticklist has an eclectic mix of hard sport, new trad, international bouldering and some Adam Ondra...

The Ticklist #34 Hard Trad First Ascents and Repeats

A quiet week with some hard trad going down...

News North Wales New Route Round Up

Calum Muskett gives us a comprehensive rundown of trad and sport developments in North Wales from the past couple of years.

Crag Notes A Grey Seal's Memory

In this month's Crag Note Nick Bullock takes time to reacquaint himself with North Stack Gogarth, a crag he's shared an intimate...

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...

Article The Pitfalls of the Peroni Supermodel

Ahead of the launch of Nick Bullock's second book, Tides, at Kendal Mountain Festival, we share a chapter from the book...

News Nick Bullock's Tides wins in Banff Mountain Book Competition

Interview Mick Lovatt and Nick Bullock let loose on Craig Dorys

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Boreal Drom Mid Tech

With great durability, comfort and performance on a variety of terrain, the Drom Mid Tech has impressed John McKenna on scrambles and long hill days where a light boot usually beats a heavy one. 

Mountain Equipment Aerotherm Softshell and Firefly Shell - not just for running

Designed for running and fast-paced walking in the hills, this softshell jacket and lightweight shell make a versatile combo for climbing and scrambling too, says Dave Saunders.

Recycled Gear - Reducing Our Impact

With a growing awareness of environmental issues, and the urgent need for greater sustainability, many outdoor brands are increasing their use of recycling. To highlight these efforts, we look at a diverse range of products featuring significant...

Boreal Nevada kid's walking boots

Whether it's dog walking, a day on the hills, or kicking defenceless furniture, these children's leather boots have proved a...

Boreal Flyers Mid

Robust, supportive, and with a decent all-terrain tread, the mid-cut version of Boreal's technical approach shoe is built to last, says Rob...

Boreal Alpha

If you're after a forgiving rock shoe that's equally suited to beginners and all-day climbing in the less demanding grades, the competitively...

OTS 2023 - Climbing Gear

At OTS 2023 in Liverpool we got a chance to check out some of the new climbing gear due to hit the shelves next year: a range of...

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Women's Trad Festival 2022

This August saw the Women's Trad Festival return to the Peak District for a joyous and action-packed weekend of climbing....

Forging Ahead: Celebrating 40 years of DMM

Innovative, made in Wales, premium quality, and a little off the wall are all words that get mentioned...

New Clothing Autumn / Winter 2021

We have spent the last couple of months catching up with brands up and down the country and checking out their quality...

Mountain Equipment to support Boardman Tasker Award

The Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, is delighted to announce that it will now be...

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