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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China Doll – The Dream Comes True

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Launching into the upper crux of my long-term project, my sympathetic nervous system took over. My mouth was cotton and my heart was racing. It was key to get the first finger-lock just right, if not I’d slip out before I had a chance to get pumped. I wiggled my right middle and ring fingers into the small seam until… Read more »

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Richard Parks – Project Everest Cynllun Part 2

A collapsed serac in the Western Cwm triggering a small avalanche whilst the team climbed to Camp 2.

At the end of April last year, Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake. Measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, the Goku quake took the lives of over 9,000 people across Nepal and injured over twice that number. The earthquake triggered a number of large avalanches in the Nepalese Himalaya and lead to the deadliest day in Everest history; killing… Read more »

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Training for the Unknown – Tom Randall

“We’re on a mission to find something that has, until now, remained elusive. A crack that makes ‘Century’, ‘Cobra’ and ‘Recovery Drink’ seem like we were only just getting started…” In 2011, Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker shocked the climbing world when, during a whirlwind trip to the United States, they repeated an incredible collection of off-width climbs and made… Read more »

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Richard Parks – Project Everest Cynllun Part 1

Richard above Dingbouche during his acclimatisation period before reaching Everest Base Camp

The relationship between Rab® and Richard Parks has been built on a shared passion for extreme environments, technical product and the combination of the two. We have supported Rich on a number of record-breaking expeditions over the years and are proud to continue this support on his latest project, a truly unique expedition to the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest,… Read more »

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Freezing, Failing, and Friendship in City of Rocks

Hayden Jamieson topping out Morning Glory Spire, known for its high concentration of classic routes.

“Looking up at the hundred-foot vertical pitch, the grey and blue granite splotched with orange lichen makes me feel dizzy. I’m reminded of one of those optical illusion pictures with hidden images inside from my childhood, except this time I can’t discern any image. Instead, I study the route closely for any clues – holds to grab, a hint of… Read more »

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Jules Littlefair – Back to the Rock

In the midst of a hectic weekend, in which we joined forces with The Climbing Works to deliver the biggest and best CWIF to-date, our sponsored athlete team-member Jules Littlefair managed to steal a few precious hours to swap the plastic holds of the indoor wall with the familiar feel of our local grit. Determined not to miss out, Jules… Read more »

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