‘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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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 »

Sylvain Thiabaud

Sylvain Thiabaud

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Rab Mountain Marathon 2015


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


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 »


Pedro Cifuentes

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Breaking the Grade Barrier

Los veteranos (8a)

Why do people have so much trouble ticking their first 8a? Why does an E1 seem a much more serious proposition than an HVS? I find this a fascinating subject. It’s something I’ve experienced myself and yet grades are fairly evenly distributed along the grade scale so it must surely all be in the mind. 8a, for me, was a… Read more »


Jules Littlefair

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I don’t believe that the Frankenjura needs any introduction… As a sport-climbing venue it has been on the map for decades thanks to climbers like Güllich, Albert, Sykora, Löw, Thon, and many more. Located in the southeast of Germany, it’s only a six-hours drive from where my girlfriend and I live. Just perfect! After our ten-months trip to Spain last… Read more »

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Stetind – Doubt Remains


Crash! Buum, buum, crash! 7.00 A.M. Sunday 31th August. My body is tossed into the car, interrupting the light sleep I felt 3 hours before. More or less 700 km already made by car and three changes to the driving shift. We are in the nearby of Kemi, a Finnish city on the border with Sweden, and Alexey K., at… Read more »


Diego Pezzoli

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Brits have long been associated with the Grandes Jorasses, its main summits named after Walker and Whymper. But it was the legendary ace Italian, Ricardo Cassin, who in 1938 first climbed the huge central rocky spur to the highest point, most commonly called the Walker Spur. Now frequently climbed in summer it remains a classic route, one of the best… Read more »

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Patience and Perseverance


I love climbing and have so ever since I first discovered it on a beautiful October day on the south coast of England. I was hooked from the moment I did my first route. That was in Swanage, with waves crashing below me, seagulls screaming in the air, and a sparkling sea on the horizon. I was excited. That was… Read more »


Judith Spancken

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