Return to the USA Cracks

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When Pete and I spent an autumn down at The White Rim in the USA, trying to make the first ascent of Century Crack, we left with the feeling that we were only just scraping the surface. The sandstone faces and roofs of Utah must offer some of the most exciting and daunting crack projects in the world. Century Crack,… Read more »

Tom Randall

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The Rab CWIF 2016

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We’re thrilled to be the headline sponsor of The Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) for 2016. Returning on the 12/13th March to The Climbing Works in Sheffield, UK, the Rab CWIF 2016 celebrates 10 years of the festival and will be the biggest and most exciting to date. With big changes planned for this year’s festival, CWIF remains the only… Read more »

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Chulilla

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I just got back from a week in Chulilla where I enjoyed great company, perfect climbing conditions and a welcome break from work and everyday life. We stayed at the refugio owned by Pedro Pons and his wife which is perched on the edge of the gorge just on the outskirts of the village. Not only was this one of… Read more »

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Jules Littlefair

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A Lonely Fight Taken to the Limit

The only thing I could do was give it my best shot. That’s why, against all odds, rather than going back down, I decided to get out of the first bivouac at around 20,000 feet and climb up the Nameless Tower. The day before had gone well: I had managed to climb 1,312 ft. from Camp 5 despite having seriously… Read more »

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Pedro Cifuentes

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Kendal Mountain Festival 2015

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We’re really excited about this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival and we’ve got more going on than ever! The Rab Party No Kendal weekend would be complete without the (infamous) Rab Party at the Brewery Arts Centre. Dance shoulder to shoulder, and share a bar, with all of the inspiring climbers, mountaineers, runners and adventurers you’ve been listening to in lecture… Read more »

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The Final Round

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Dovedale is a sleepy limestone dale which borders the peaceful Dove river for several miles. It attracts huge numbers of walkers and anglers, but the weird and wonderful climbing remains relatively unpopular. As well as a few more conventional walls, the local limestone is best known for the huge caves and pillars dotted around the river. Although on all but… Read more »

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The Lesson

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Nine months have gone by since the accident. A small piece of a sedimentary rock, created many millions of years ago waited patiently. On the 21st of December 2014, my left hand decided to grab it. A simple act, a simple gesture and…all my future plans changed drastically, violently. Stones do not think, they’re just there. After all these months… Read more »

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Kandersteg Trilogy – “Hard Pitches Only”

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Two years ago the person who is in my opinion the veritable king of dry tooling, Robert Jasper, climbed a completely mind blowing route in the famous cave at Breitwangflue. The video showed a second pitch which traversed a proper roof, which got me seriously psyched. An article appeared in Rock and Ice describing the route as a ‘Scarefest’ and… Read more »

Jeff Mercier

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Behind the Scenes – Scotland shoot

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Filming in the winter is never easy. It’s already a challenge looking after yourself and those around you, so when you throw a film shoot in to the mix you have to factor a lot more in to the equation. Earlier this year we went up to Glen Coe to make a short film about Matt and Alan Sharman, a… Read more »

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A Busy Summer

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So end of June and beginning of July, I successfully passed the guides entrance test. I’m very happy because I trained hard this winter for skiing and then for the summer test too. I also had to make choices and climb less on rock and ice – it was hard sometimes but necessary. No regrets! And this year I will do what… Read more »

Sylvain Thiabaud

Sylvain Thiabaud

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