10 Tips for Climbing faster on Long Routes

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Sometimes the most ridiculous challenges are the best ones. One day last winter Bronwyn Hodgins and I decided to try a one-day link up of seven full-height routes on the main wall in El Chorro, Spain. It amounted to about 1500m of climbing, 50 pitches and one insane challenge. The day before we’d tied three ropes together and fixed from… Read more »

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Heather Weidner discusses her Journey into Climbing

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Heather Weidner recently made headlines when she climbed the route ‘China Doll’ (5.14a/8b+) on trad gear; making her only the fourth woman in history to climb a 5.14 route on trad gear. (You can read an account of Heather’s ascent here). Having originally trained as a veterinarian, Heather is now a full-time climber and firm member of the Rab family…. Read more »

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Advice on Getting into Climbing from 4 Women Who’ve Made it their Life

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This week is #WomenOutdoors Week, a British Mountaineering Council initiative to encourage more women to take up outdoor sports and activities. Two million fewer women participate in sport and physical activity than men, yet an estimated 13 million women say that they would like to do more. It can often seem like there are extra barriers to participating in outdoor sports,… Read more »

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A Handmade Expedition to the Neacola Range

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“We can’t go any further up this snow,” Craig yells down from the steep slope. “I’m not gonna make it to gear…this whole thing could slide.” 60 meters of rope snake clean up glittering snow that roasts in the afternoon sun. The rock face above peppers us with intermittent icefall as it warms. Falling projectiles set the snow moving; tiny… Read more »

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Paul Swail – Big Wall Adventures in the World’s Happiest Valley

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Yosemite is the indisputable cauldron of American climbing. In its deep valleys and amongst its soaring granite walls, generations of climbers have forged their craft, distilling from its cracks and faces the tools of a climber’s arsenal. Every year the infamous reputation of Yosemite’s Camp 4 draws in climber’s from across the globe, eager to test themselves on classic climbs… Read more »

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An Attempt at History in the Mont Blanc Massif

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In April 2015, Emma Twyford travelled to Chamonix with Calum Muskett to attempt what would have been the first female ascent of the Voie Petite; a 14-pitch route on the Grand Capucin with difficulties up to 8b. While Emma is perhaps best known as one of the UK’s leading trad and sport climbers, with numerous routes of 8b and above… Read more »

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Tom Randall Climbs Hard New Roof Route ‘Infusoria’

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On Friday the 8th of July, Rab athlete Tom Randall made the first ascent of an unusual new route at Cringle Crag in the North York Moors. The new line, which Tom has dubbed ‘Infusoria’ and graded E7 6b, climbs a large roof and prow at the rarely visited Moorland outcrop. While both the climbing and position of the route… Read more »

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Endless Climbing on The Infinite Spur

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In June 2016, climbers Pete Graham, Ben Silvestre and Will Harris made the first British Ascent (10th overall) of the Infinite Spur on Alaska’s Mount Foraker (Sultana) as part of a Rab supported expedition to the region. The team had originally travelled to the rarely visited Thunder Glacier. Relatively few routes have yet been established on the peaks surrounding the… Read more »

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Team Rab – Giving Back in the Peak District

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The heart of Rab has always been in Sheffield. It’s where the brand began over thirty years ago and as the official #OutdoorCity of the UK, it still inspires us to this day. Part of what makes Sheffield such an inspiring place to live and work is its proximity to the Peak District and generations of Rab employees have spent… Read more »

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