Our inspiration for designing the highest quality clothing and equipment for the mountains comes directly from the wild places we visit. The trip reports we get from our athletes and friends are invaluable to us.

From small local projects to fully funded expeditions to the Greater Ranges, our community of climbers are constantly putting the gear through it paces as we witness our product story unfold alongside that of the adventures and their outcomes. For Rab these articles aren’t just entertainment - they're an incredible source of research and reference for pushing our products and our athletes performance further and higher.

Derek Eland: Everest's Resident Artist

In recent years, Everest has become a mountain defined more by tragedy and controversy than its history and inherent allure as the world’s highest mountain. With so much contention surrounding the place of Everest in modern mountaineerin...

Jacob Cook – Freerider

To summit Yosemite’s El Capitan, one of the proudest and most well-known rock faces in the world is a dream for many climbers. Every year, for a lucky handful, this becomes a reality and with the correct training, logistics and a serious...

Squash Falconer - Khang Karpo

On the border of Nepal and Tibet, there is an untouched valley clear of the crowds and commercialism of Everest but practically within reach of the world's highest mountain. Only opened to climbing in 2014, The Rolwaling valley is home to ...

Getting Ready for Scottish Winter

Whether you are walking or climbing, prepping for winter is a wise investment of time and effort and will pay dividends when you are out on the hill. Training Winter can easily take its toll with bigger, longer and more arduous days...

Yosemite, A Love Letter

I am writing this piece from a little town in Germany, far away from the golden meadows of Yosemite Valley. Outside my window the world looks dreary in the winter drizzle. I am finding it hard to focus on the work I am supposed to do. Images of ...

Lachlan Gardiner - Ama Dablam

Lachlan Gardiner is a climber and photographer who has worked extensively in New Zealand, Nepal and his native Australia. While he has shot photography in numerous styles and mediums, it is his passion for climbing, mountaineering and adventure ph...

Raja Peak via Transcendence

The monster roared and an earth-shaking rumble erupted from the darkness. That’s the way it is out here, everything’s alive and often trying to kill you! The glaciers we’d been living on for the last couple of weeks frequently ...

Simon Verspeak - First Ascent in Nepal

We were wading through sugary snow. It wasn’t so bad when it was boot or shin depth; knee deep however felt like the living end. After 50 particularly bad metres I threw my dolls out of the pram and complained loudly that it was futile. Af...

Paul Ramsden - Tibet

The strange thing about climbing new routes in China and Tibet is that after a few successful expeditions you suddenly start receiving the Japanese Alpine News. One day it just pops through the letterbox and then keeps coming for the next 15 years...

Tom Randall: First ascent in Utah

In a previously untouched cave on Utah’s White Rim, British climbers Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker have achieved something quite extraordinary; climbing the world’s longest roof crack in an incredible feat of strength, skill and t...

Llanberis Mountain Rescue

Llanberis Mountain Rescue is a fairly unique team; primarily because Snowdon is a fairly unique mountain. It is often assumed that most rescues originate from its honeypot status and therefore feature inexperienced walkers. Why this can be the c...

John Crook - Alaska

The remote wilds of Alaska have, for many decades, been an inexorable draw to alpinists and mountaineers. The region still offers numerous unclimbed peaks for those looking to write their names into climbing history, but often they are unclimbed w...

Jacob Cook & The Cirque of the Unclimbables

Ideas for expeditions can come from the strangest of places. But looking through old slides with my girlfriend Bron and her dad Geoff one evening was possibly the last place I expected to find the germ of an idea for a trip. But there, projected o...

Paul Swail - off the ground in Yosemite

An IFMGA Mountain Guide who splits his time between Chamonix and Ireland, Paul has some impressive ascents to his name. He has been instrumental in developing the Northern Ireland climbing scene and organises the annual Fairhead Meet. He rece...

Nanga Parbat 2016 Gallery

The Nanga Dream project has always been focused on camaraderie and overcoming challenge. The team; Marek Klonowski, Karim Hayat, Pawel Dunaj, Pawel Witkowski, Michal Dzikowski, Tomasz Kuczynski, Tomasz Dziobkowski, Piotr Tomza and Safd...

10 Tips For Climbing Faster On Long Routes

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...

Heather Weidner Discusses Her Journey Into Climbing

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 ascen...

Freezing, failing, and friendship in City of Rocks

"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.   ...

Paraclimber Neil Heritage prepares for the Matterhorn

Later this month, a team of three ex-army servicemen will attempt to make history on the Matterhorn. Neil Heritage, a former army corporal is a double above the knee amputee and is intending to become the first person in history with such a disabi...

Get into climbing: Advice from 4 women who've made it their life

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...

A Handmade Expedition To The Neacola Range

“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 STORY OF ZION ICE

Until recently, the potential for big ice routes in the Zion area remained a virtual unknown. When Rab® athlete Scott Adamson arrived, the true scope and scale of the area was revealed to the climbing world. FIRST TRACKS Ice climbi...

Paul Swail - Big Wall Adventures In The World's Happiest Valley

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. ...

An attempt at history in the Mont Blanc massif

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 a...

Tom Randall Climbs hard new roof route 'Infusoria'

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 p...

Endless Climbing On The Infinite Spur

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 or...

Richard Parks - Project Everest Cynllun Part 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 o...

Richard Parks - Project Everest Cynllun Part 1

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...

Mark Hines on the Yukon Quest Trail

Rab® sponsored athlete Mark Hines is no stranger to performing in the most extreme conditions in the world. Mark has already ticked off several of the worlds toughest tests of mental and physical endurance, including La Ultra The High- a 333km...

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 ...

Sylvain Thiabaud Goes 'Full Circle' In Chamonix

Rab® sponsored alpine climber Sylvain Thiabaud has had a busy start to the year. Living and working year-round in Chamonix certainly has its advantages, and an abundance of the highest quality ice routes on your doorstep is never a bad thing...

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. Pedro Cifuentes on Sp...

The Final Round

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...

The Lesson

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…...

Kandersteg Trilogy - "Hard Pitches Only"

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 g...

Austrian Granite with a Twist of Lime

I’m just back from a quick trip to the Tirol area of Austria. We only had 8 days, but it was well worth the 14 hour drive to get there. I really loved being up in the mountains, and the climbing was excellent. We spent a few days sport cli...

The Karakoram Project

Year three of my four-year project to photograph the Karakoram Mountains saw some dramatic conditions during this year’s trips. The region experienced very late snows with significant accumulations on the big peaks. My original plan was to...

Patagonia

In January 2014, Calum Muskett and Dave MacLeod spent a month in the alpine climbing playground of Patagonia, Argentina. They were joined by Ally Swinton and photographer Ben Winston. Having climbed together on two of the hardest big alpine rock...

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