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Over the Edge: Q&A
Kendal Mountain Festival

Over the Edge: Q&A

To celebrate five years of Women’s Trad Festival, Rab commissioned the film ‘Over the Edge’ to tell the story of the women behind the sell-out festival.
Female climbing up sea cliffs
Events Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

At Rab and Lowe Alpine we’re delighted to continue our partnership with Kendal Mountain Festival, which is fully digital this year. 
Frozen Lake Baikal
Tamar Valkenier Ski

Preparing for the Lake Baikal Ice Skating Expedition – Episode #1

Most of the fun in any expedition is in the preparation. This isn’t just my opinion, it’s been proven scientifically. With this in mind, I try to extend the preparation process for our Lake Baikal (RU) traverse as much as possible. It’s too much fun!
Paraglider above the mountains
Banff Films

Banff Film Festival Round Up

Adventure film season is upon us and the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival has gone digital this year. With so many inspiring stories being told, we’re delighted to share the trailers of Rab supported athletes whose adventure films have been accepted into the festival. 
Downhill skier
Awards

Khroma Kinetic Jacket Wins Editors' Choice Award

We are delighted to announce that Backcountry Magazine honoured our Khroma Kinetic Jacket with an Editors’ Choice award ahead of the 2020-21 winter season!
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.
 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival 2020
Banff Events

Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival 2020

We at Rab are delighted to continue our partnership with the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival for a fourth year.
 John Fellows: Behind the Design
John Fellows Banff

John Fellows: Behind the Design

As title sponsor of the Banff Film Festival, Rab has worked closely with John Fellows for the past three years to create bespoke designs for the official festival t-shirts. We wanted to find an artist who would capture the same feeling and connection to the outdoors we all share while experiencing the stories that are told during the festival.
Designing for Sustainable Performance
Design Insights

Designing for Sustainable Performance

Years of experience go into the design, creation and realisation of all of our products. Behind this stands a deep respect and love for the mountains we play, explore and adventure in. Inspired by this, our AW20 collection is devoted to everything we’re passionate about – performance, technology and the environment.
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.
  RabAtHome Competition Highlights

RabAtHome Competition Highlights

Just after the global lockdown was implemented, we launched our #RabAtHome competition. We wanted to do something that everyone could get involved in, to keep spirits high and find adventure at home during an uncertain time. We asked our community to post a flat lay photo using inspiration from their Rab clothing, outdoor kit and indoor space for the chance to win a kitbag full of Rab gear. 
 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.
 Mountain Guiding During COVID-19
Tomas van Lieshout

Mountain Guiding During COVID-19

This winter season was about guiding people in the mountains all around the world. I am a full-time mountain guide and had a lot of exciting plans. Until a few weeks ago I enjoyed every second of my profession but due to the coronavirus and the measures that were taken, I was forced to cancel my plans and stay at my current home in Austria. So how does that work for someone like me, who is used to spend his time in the biggest office possible almost 24/7?
The Big Three – Climbing in South Island
Mountaineering Calum Muskett

The Big Three – Climbing in South Island

I’m not a big fan of waking up early, yet I seem to have chosen a lifestyle and career where my phone alarm has seven different wake-up calls set between midnight and 6am. It’s the hours of darkness that are the worst bit, trudging across glaciers when it’s cold, but still warm enough for you to work up a sweat that mingles with your sun cream.
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! 
Dutch Expedition Academy: Coping During COVID-19
Noor van der Veen Alpinism

Dutch Expedition Academy: Coping During COVID-19

In self-isolation for over two weeks now, it is strange to remember what I was doing exactly one month ago. Monday morning, 5 A.M. We had just woken up from a cold night in the winter hut of the Refuge d’Alpe de Villar d’Arène in the French Alps. A last cup of tea, a final glance at our map, I quickly stuffed some remaining gear in my pack.
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.
 Catalonia - A Home Away From Home
Julia Littlefair

Catalonia - A Home Away From Home

One of the things I love about climbing is that it takes you to some amazing locations. I’ve been lucky enough to climb throughout Europe as well as in Australia and the United States.Cheap flights and a wealth of information online means that few climbing destinations are secret these days and many places now have a truly international feel with climbers coming from all over the globe in search of good rock.
A Runner’s Guide to Not Running
Jen Scotney Running

A Runner’s Guide to Not Running

Why do you run? Four words that for me would be the start of a river of reasons that could eventually flood into a book. This is probably the same for you too. On one level it may be simple, to move and stay fit. It may be to socialise. To get some headspace after a long day at work. It may be all three and then three hundred more.
Andrea Mason - Sea to Summit Challenge
Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason - Sea to Summit Challenge

On Monday 9th September 2019 I set out to achieve what most people thought would be impossible: swim 34km across the English Channel, cycle 900km across France to the foot of Mont Blanc and then climb to the summit of the tallest mountain in Western Europe – all in just 5 days. If I’m honest, it still sounds completely crazy,
Climbing, Life and Community During the Pandemic
Sarah Kampf Wellbeing

Climbing, Life and Community During the Pandemic

Suddenly our lives are turned upside down. The more events accelerate around the globe with the spread of COVID-19, the more our everyday life is slowed down. Our range of motion, leisure activities and personal encounters are minimized. Of course, this also determines my climbing, my everyday life and my family routine. 
Greg Boswell - Ice Climbing in Lofoten
Ice Climbing Jeff Mercier Greg Boswell

Greg Boswell - Ice Climbing in Lofoten

At the end of January, Jeff Mercier and I met up in the north of Norway for two weeks of hunting winter climbs above the Arctic Circle. Two seasons ago we did a similar trip to Senja Island, where we managed to climb a bunch of outstanding new routes and witnessed some amazing views and landscapes.
Skiing in Lebanon – A Journey through History
Boris Textor Skiing

Skiing in Lebanon – A Journey through History

Our journey starts in the village Byblos/Jubail, an old port on the Mediterranean Sea just north of Beirut. In 2850 b.c. Byblos was a colony of Egypt and an important trading place. Soon we realize that this will not be an ordinary tourist trip but also a journey through the history of a country of which we only know little.
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
Rab at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019
Banff Events

Rab at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2019

The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is North America’s largest mountain festival. Taking place between October 26th and November 3rd, the festival promises nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers and filmmakers from around the globe
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:
The Long Road Home
Benny Lieber

The Long Road Home

When I topped off the gas tank and sped out of New Hampshire on April 2nd, I tightly gripped the wheel, smiling ear to ear and with a 5,500 mile gaze - at the end of my longing stare was the vision of returning to the Last Frontier.
Skiing Antarctica
Joe Doherty Skiing Expedition

Skiing Antarctica

Last November Joe Doherty became the first Scout in the world to ski to the South Pole and kite ski back. The journey began from the Messner Start (80o 67’ S 65o 00’ W) where he man hauled his 100kg Pulk 912km to the South Pole over 45 days. Upon reaching the Pole he headed for Union Glacier which took him 16 days and he covered 2045km in total.  (80o 05’ S 78o 30’ W)
Skiing Spantik & Nanga Parbat
Mountaineering Boris Langenstein Skiing

Skiing Spantik & Nanga Parbat

In our 70s, pink candy-coloured Land Cruiser, it looks more like heading out from a summer camp. Our driver, as comfortable behind the wheel as he is on the turntables, happily shares with us his local playlist. In the back seat, smiling, Nuawas, Muaz and Nazir enthusiastically accompany the words (they take care of our logistics and, in particular, our kitchen at base camp).  Rocked by the road and the landscapes that pass by, I watch the scene just happy to be back in Pakistan.
Three Peaks Cycling Challenge
Amber Brown Cycling

Three Peaks Cycling Challenge

“I started hallucinating from what was a 22 hour day hearing noises, seeing figures and abandoned kit but Paul assured me they were just rocks. When we got to the bottom, we were dead and couldn’t believe that it was all over, it was so surreal. It felt like a weird dream.”
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!
Living On Hard Ice
Ice Climbing Benny Lieber Mountaineering

Living On Hard Ice

“This isn't the forest or even the snow, there are no rocks, no trails or footprints, no plants or flowers- this is ice. And guess what: it changes every single day.”
Sea to Summit Extreme
Andrea Mason

Sea to Summit Extreme

‘Wow, I feel great, they must have given me some awesome painkillers’ The nurse is calling my name ‘Andrea, Andrea.’ My eyes start to open and I look around, there is something not quite right, I am still in the pre-op room.
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. 
Rab Young Alpinists 2019
Calum Muskett Alpinism Ben Tibbetts

Rab Young Alpinists 2019

“As we made fresh tracks up the glacier in the pitch dark of 3am and finally as we reached the summit the sun crested up over the picturesque mountains to fill us with the days first light. A surreal feeling it was to be at the top of a peak in time for sunrise and the most amazing photos.”
Sylvain Thiabaud - Winter Climbing 2018/19
Ice Climbing Sylvain Thiabaud

Sylvain Thiabaud - Winter Climbing 2018/19

This winter I wanted to climb, to climb rock only! I spent a lot of time in the mountains the past seasons working as a mountain guide and this fall I wanted to train a lot and push my rock climbing level. But it’s rare for a plan to run without a hitch. Winter is here, lots of ice, no snow, many friends wanting to climb steep ice… as we say in Pyrenees “Porque no” - Why not!
Zanskar Expedition
Mountaineering Matthew Harle Expedition

Zanskar Expedition

One of the amazing things about being a young alpinist from a country with a strong climbing tradition is that with an average internet connection, a computer capable of running Google Earth, and the skills to weave together a compelling grant application, you can find yourself able to attempt exploratory climbing in some of the greatest mountain ranges on Earth. 
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…
The Rab CWIF 2019 - Highlights
Bouldering Events

The Rab CWIF 2019 - Highlights

The 13th annual Climbing Works International Festival recently took place in the city of Sheffield, home to the UK’s largest population of climbers and the birthplace of Rab.
Search for Star Dust
Matt Maynard Jimmy Hyland Expedition

Search for Star Dust

It’s 11pm in the central Argentinean Andes. I’m seated cross legged at 4000m attempting to construct an Avro Lancastrian model aeroplane by the light of my headtorch.
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
Project 282 - Part One
Emily Scott

Project 282 - Part One

There is an old Chinese proverb which says that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. This became something that I thought about many times over the summer as I undertook Project 282: almost four months spent climbing all of Scotland’s Munros, in one go; unsupported and self-propelled.
Senja - Going Home
Ice Climbing Jeff Mercier Greg Boswell

Senja - Going Home

Greg Boswell and Jeff Mercier may have set a record for the speed at which they established new winter routes when they visited the Island of Senja off Norway’s North West coast in February 2018. 
Rab at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2018
Banff

Rab at Banff Mountain Film Festival 2018

The Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival is North America’s largest mountain festival. Taking place between October 27th and November 4th, the festival promises nine epic days filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers and filmmakers from around the globe.
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.
Illiniza Sur
Mountaineering Nate Smith

Illiniza Sur

At 5,263m Illiniza Sur is Ecuador’s 6th highest mountain, and is considered one of the country’s more technically challenging peaks. Often overlooked in exchange for more popular volcanoes such as Chimborazo (Ecuador’s highest peak at 6,310m) and Cayambe (5,790m).
Remarkables Festival
Ice Climbing Lachlan Gardiner

Remarkables Festival

For anyone unfamiliar with the region, New Zealand is probably best known in recent times as Middle Earth. An association created when these dramatic islands famously became the cinematic depiction of Tolkien’s epic.
The Place of the Gaels
Mountaineering Scottish Winter

The Place of the Gaels

‘The Place of the Gaels’ explores both the community and culture of winter mountaineering and climbing in the Highlands, introducing our American athletes to the notorious Scottish winter.