Project K6, Part 3

The men at the machine gun waved as we pushed our carts by, in the hot and humid Pakistani night. We had landed an hour before, and now exited the Islamabad airport on foot, with four carts piled high with our expedition duffels. Our driver had tried to pull his van directly up to the airport, but had been denied… Read more »

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Project K6, Part 2

Though I don’t normally climb with guys old enough to be my father, a few seasons ago in Patagonia I teamed up with one of oldest, and most stoked, climbing partners I’ve ever met. In his early 60s, Steve Swenson is one of the most successful American alpinists of the last 40 years, having made first ascents all over the… Read more »

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Project K6, Part 1

Flipping through my passport, one might imagine that I’ve been to Pakistan enough times to warrant my own dossier at the CIA. Three big visa stickers grace the back pages of my passport, issued by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, dated 2012, 2013, and 2015. Look closer, though, and one would fail to find any entry stamps. Despite years of… Read more »

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Staycation ’15

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Three weeks ago we decided to go on holiday in the UK. Between the freezing rain showers and gale-force winds I was reminded what a brilliant place this is if you are a climber. We may not always have the weather, but we certainly have the rock. Our 2 week break was a complete mix of styles with trad, bouldering… Read more »

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Jules Littlefair

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Last Days of Gavarnie Ice

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The first 2 months of 2015 were dedicated to ski training so as to prepare for the first step of mountain guide exam early in March. Two months without rock or ice climbing.. too long !! I passed this first part, the ski test, successfully so no regrets!! The next section is early in July for the summer test; keep… Read more »

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‘Just’ a Different Day of Climbing

Waiting to be seen by the neurosurgeon in Hospital Garcia da Horta... still in the first phase of the long recovery (29/12/2014)

“Teresa, how about going to Sesimbra for a Caipirinha and a toast? And we can wait for the boys there (our husbands, Paulo Roxo and João Gaspar)! The day is awesome, so sunny!!!!” It was the last Sunday before Christmas and it was a beautiful winter day, with a bright blue sky that can hardly be found even in summer… Read more »

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Aloïs

Start of January 2015, the winter seems to be finally here and the cold makes Gavarnie climbable.. It’s a dream I never got close to.. lots of photos, lots of stories but always bad conditions – too much snow, or not enough ice.. First run with Maxime on Icefall, first level but 300m  amazing ice, 60m dream pitches !! The week… Read more »

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Rab Mountain Marathon 2015

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The Rab Mountain Marathon has been running since 2007 and is one of the best loved events of its kind. It is a points-based multi-day fell running race, which is as difficult as you want to make it. The race has not been held in the same area twice and competitors have raced across some of the most attractive mountain… Read more »

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ShAFF 2015

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ShAFF is one of the world’s leading adventure film festivals and having supported the event in various ways since it first started, we are now proud to be the headline sponsor this year. Sheffield is where Rab Carrington started the Rab brand in 1981 and it has always been associated with the local climbing scene in our ‘home city’. Since… Read more »

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First Attempt at the Spanish Route, Nameless Tower

It is not the first time I leave a route. How could it be otherwise if I have been climbing around the world, maybe in some of the hardest walls, for the last 15 years! I had to flee from some of them in the middle of Patagonian storms. From some others, let’s say, it wasn’t the day. And from… Read more »

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Pedro Cifuentes

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