Tips for Climbing on Different Rock Types
Climbing AMI Team

Tips for Climbing on Different Rock Types

Lake District rock climbing offers something for everyone. From beginner trad climbs through to some of the hardest routes in the country, there is both easily accessible, roadside cragging and long days on the mountain crags. The bouldering also gives a wide variety of rock types, grades, and locations, and there is quality sport climbing in the South Lakes too. 
Getting Your Kids into Climbing
Climbing Chris Lucas AMI Team

Getting Your Kids into Climbing

It’s surely every climber’s dream when facing parenthood – now I’ll be able to take my kids climbing (or sometimes – now I’m going to have to if I ever want to get on the rock again!) When and how can be fraught with options and the risk of putting them off for life! Every child is different, and how and at what stage you introduce your kids to climbing will depend on your own experience and confidence. Here are some thoughts and top tips from my own experience with my daughters and working with client families.
Climbing Between Closing Borders
Zeno Schaekers Climbing Bouldering

Climbing Between Closing Borders

It all started with a plan. A plan to get out again and finally touch some rock.
DeWilde Style : New Route in Alaska’s Hayes Range
Climbing Benny Lieber

DeWilde Style : New Route in Alaska’s Hayes Range

When I arrived in Alaska for the first time four years ago, my mother and I flew through the mountains. I remember how good they looked, but I wasn’t ready for an Alaskan-level mountain. They all looked so big, steep, and gnarly, even the small ones. I was an amateur at the time, but was so enthralled by what I saw that yet again, as I have done before, I pushed everything in my life away and decided to move to Alaska the next spring. I wanted an authentic relationship with the land and for the last four summers I’ve grown just that.
Aiguille Dibona - The Needle in the Blue
Climbing Honza Navrátil

Aiguille Dibona - The Needle in the Blue

Honza Navratil fell in love with Aiguille Dibona after receiving a message from his friend. In August, he spent a week exploring the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps where he ascended the needle of Aiguille Dibona.
 The Backwards Art of Progress
Climbing Jude Spancken

The Backwards Art of Progress

“Have you always progressed in your climbing?” I was asked by my friend, Louis, at our local climbing wall. As we were talking about grades, it would have been easy to answer that my progression had been steady up to a point.
 Local Climbs: The Quarryman
Climbing Angus Kille Local Climbs

Local Climbs: The Quarryman

In the first of our series of Local Climbs, Angus Kille tackles the iconic Quarryman for a big-wall training challenge just five miles from home.
Time to Reminisce – Climbing Norway’s National Mountain
Climbing Mountaineering Tor Berge

Time to Reminisce – Climbing Norway’s National Mountain

My home is Bergen, Norway – otherwise known as the city between the seven mountains. It is here that I grew up with a family who took me to the mountains or the cabin every weekend and every holiday. With that, I was trained from a very early age to take active breaks from a busy everyday life.
Tom Randall - Brown Cows Over Utah
Climbing Tom Randall

Tom Randall - Brown Cows Over Utah

Crack climbing, for me, has been all about performance for a really long time. I’ve been on that incessant drive to push my own standards, establish things that are at the limit of the genre and in the process of that, do quite a few first ascents! 
Home Climbing Exercises with Lattice Training
Climbing Tom Randall Wellbeing

Home Climbing Exercises with Lattice Training

Since getting out to the crag or your local climbing wall isn’t possible at the moment, we’ve compiled some of the great climbing training videos produced by our friends at Lattice Training which cover a series of exercises you can do at home.
The Art of “Unambitious Ambition”
Climbing Sarah Kampf

The Art of “Unambitious Ambition”

Writing a review about my 2019 climbing season sounded pretty simple to me at first. What could be easier than talking about what you have experienced yourself during a year of climbing? But this task turned out to be more tricky than expected
Baffin Island Expedition - Part 2
Climbing Bronwyn Hodgins Jacob Cook Expedition

Baffin Island Expedition - Part 2

We charge downstream in our little red packraft. The water is churning, pumping! I’m in the stern; Jacob kneels in my bow. It’s tough to see the line as we race along, dodging rocks and waves. Focus.
  Baffin Island Expedition - Part 1
Climbing Bronwyn Hodgins Jacob Cook Expedition

Baffin Island Expedition - Part 1

This summer Jacob, Thor, Zack and myself spent six weeks on Baffin Island, in the far northeast corner of Canada and about 200 miles across the Bay from Greenland. While out there we managed to climb some big mountain faces - some new lines and some old - and accessed these mountains by paddling the ocean fjord and glacier-fed river in packrafts. How do I sum up six weeks of adventure in an article? I’ve put together a series of moments to share:
Is Climbing Making You Happy?
Climbing Jude Spancken Wellbeing

Is Climbing Making You Happy?

It is mid-February. I am lying in a hammock in France. To be precise, I am in ‘Le Lot’, a rural area in central France and my hammock is strung between two trees at the base of a crag called Milhac.
Can You Be A Pro in Two Sports?
Climbing Tom Randall Running

Can You Be A Pro in Two Sports?

This year has been one of the hardest but also one of the most interesting of my last 10 years as a professional athlete. As many of you who are reading this piece right now, know me as a climber, you’re probably wondering why I put in the title that it’s about being a “pro” in two sports. Well, let me take you on a little journey of the last nine months!
Wadi Rum
Climbing Heather Weidner Hayden Jamieson

Wadi Rum

Three hundred feet up the wall I weighted my toes on dime-sized sandstone edges. I was reminded of my ballet days on pointe -- the pain was torturous. 
Bronwyn Hodgins - Freerider
Climbing Bronwyn Hodgins

Bronwyn Hodgins - Freerider

On November 8th 2018, I stood on the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite, California, after free climbing the route Freerider over 5 days. With Jacob supporting me, I led the crux pitches and weighted the rope only three times over the 3000ft of climbing, lowering down and sending each pitch after. It almost felt easy! But really it wasn’t easy. It was a battle, a 4-year epic battle…
Project 282 - Part Two
Climbing Emily Scott

Project 282 - Part Two

The Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye strikes fear into the hearts of many would-be Munroists, and I was certainly amongst them. The infamous Inaccessible Pinnacle (the ‘Inn Pin’) is the only Munro which requires the use of a rope and, although not a particularly challenging rock climb per se, it is certainly outside the comfort zone of ma
Totem Pole
Climbing Rob Greenwood

Totem Pole

The Totem Pole defies superlatives as much as it defies the elements. If there were ever to be a feature that shouldn’t exist: it is this. Standing 60m tall and - most remarkable of all - a mere 4m wide, this great monolith stands defiant of the raging seas that surround it. However, stand it does; proud, tall, and implausible, representing a challenge to any adventurous rock climber that has a pulse.
H17 Expedition
Climbing Cristina Pogacean Nasim Eshqi

H17 Expedition

At the end of August, Rab athlete Nasim Eshqi and Cristina Pogacean headed to the Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir in India to attempt to climb H17, a virgin peak situated at the confluence between the Haptal Tokpo and Chhogo Tokpo rivers.