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13th April 2016

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 wo...

4th February 2016

Return to the USA Cracks

When Pete and I spent an autumn down at The White Rim in the USA, trying to make the first ascent of Century Crack, we left with the feeling that we were only just scraping the surface. The sandstone faces and roofs of Utah must offer some of th...

17th November 2015

Kendal Mountain Festival 2015

We're really excited about this year's Kendal Mountain Festival and we've got more going on than ever! The Rab Party No Kendal weekend would be complete without the (infamous) Rab Party at the Brewery Arts Centre. Dance shoulder to shoulder, and ...

9th September 2015

Rab Mountain Marathon 2015 Preview

The Rab Mountain Marathon is fast approaching and this year we expect the event to be better than ever. Since it first started, the event has always been known as the friendly mountain marathon with hardened veterans running shoulder to shoulder wi...

10th November 2014

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 Ke...

6th November 2014

Colton-Macintyre

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 commo...

28th October 2014

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 ...

22nd October 2014

Muchu Chhish Expedition

The aim of the Muchu Chhish expedition, consisting of Phil DeBeger, Tim Oates and myself, was to make the first ascent of Muchu Chhish in the Pakistani Karakoram. Although our attempt failed, it was an interesting expedition....

8th August 2014

How to Organise an Expedition

Mountaineering expeditions come in different shapes and sizes, but here are a few ideas based on how I organised our forthcoming Muchu Chhish expedition. The first thing you need to do is to choose your objective. I touched on this in my previous ...

31st July 2014

Carneddau Hot Rock

Confession time: Somehow in 20 years of cragging in Wales I have never made it to either Llech Ddu or Craig Yr Ysfa’s Amphitheatre Wall. Nope. Not even to climb the famous Mur-y-Niwl. That is until recently. Of course I am not including the 30...

11th July 2014

If at First You Don't Succeed

Being ill in bed last weekend had its upsides as I got to watch the Bouldering World Cup in Laval. It’s always great to see Shauna crushing, but what I found really inspiring that round was watching Michaela Tracey take 11th place just a week aft...

8th July 2014

IPPG report from Machermo, pre-monsoon 2014

Arms braced on his legs and sat hunched over, our latest patient a Nepalese porter, gasps for breath. His oxygen saturations, a measure of the amount of oxygen in his blood, are an alarming 50%, a figure that is well under the 85% we would expect f...

4th July 2014

The Norway Diaries – Part 2: The Island of Kvaløya

I have made a discovery. My own selfishness tells me to keep quiet about it so make sure you don't tell anyone. It can be our little secret: Norway...sshhhhh The Norway Diaries are my mini guide/diary to a selection of great mountaineering days ou...

4th July 2014

Shadowmover 2.0

Since the beginning of this year I am living in Belgium again after an absence of three and a half years. Moving from an alpine country (Austria) to one of the lowlands was quite a change for me. Swapping the endless climbing potential for a handfu...

27th June 2014

Kalymnos

Easter holidays are coming.. where can I go and climb ?!? Call to the friends.. they’re not really motivated in climbing far from home, too bad A few days in Céüse, such a wonderful cliff !! A few days in Spain, and my first 8a on-sight :) ...

26th June 2014

The Norway Diaries - Part 1: Lyngen

I have made a discovery. My own selfishness tells me to keep quiet about it so make sure you don't tell anyone. It can be our little secret: Norway...sshhhhh The Norway Diaries are my mini guide/diary to a selection of great mountaineering days out ...

20th June 2014

Unclimbed Peaks in the Karakoram

The main objective of our expedition this summer is to make the first ascent of Muchu Chhish 7453m, which is located in the Karakoram mountains of Pakistan. Lindsay Griffin writes on the BMC website “Muchu Chhish...according to some authorities i...

16th June 2014

Verdon Aid

February 2014 It had been a long time since we had used Friends, hammer and haul bag with my brother Vincent.. “What about Verdon Gorge ?” he asked me “Yeah, it would be fun.. There's nobody there at that time.. we would have the gorge to ...

30th May 2014

El Chorro & the (tiny!) Universe

El Chorro Two long (three days) weekends were coming closer and we only had two goals: open a new route and climb...a lot! Where? Somewhere in Spain, where the weather would invite us. In our hearts, we wanted to create another line in El Chor...

16th May 2014

Patrouille des Glaciers - third time lucky!

The Patrouille des Glaciers is arguably the biggest and most famous ski mountaineering race in the world, whose military origins began in 1944. It now attracts 1400 teams of 3, every 2 years, both military and civilian and is rigorously organised b...

29th April 2014

A Trip Down Under

A few weeks ago we went to Oz. It’s a country I’ve wanted to visit ever since I was a kid and I started watching Neighbours, so I was made up when Stu said he had to go there for work so we might as well tag on a holiday at the same time. Flyi...

28th April 2014

Patrouille des Glaciers - Team Rab

Probably the biggest and most famous ski mountaineering race in the world, the Patrouille des Glaciers takes place at the end of April every 2 years. So big they literally mobilise the Swiss army to organise it. The scale of both the organisation a...

21st March 2014

The CWIF

Last weekend I entered the Climbing Works International Festival, the CWIF, for the first time ever. This is an unusual event that has grown and grown over the years to become one of the un-missable attractions on the climbing calendar.  This comp...

20th March 2014

Mixed Climbing Divine

This time our aim was to do something interesting…mixed climbing! West face of Cântaro Magro, a playground for mixed climbing. Daniela in one of the nicest moves of the new route opened on the 23rd of February, “Sofrer até doer” (“T...

26th February 2014

Mallorca

A band of climbers from the Maurienne valley fly to the island of Mallorca to profit from its sun, cliffs and sea.. 10 hard days for the skin !! Base camp in Port Soller in a big apartment with views over the port and the beach :) It's our first...

28th January 2014

Wild Side

I am not sure if my recent trip to Spain was the best I've ever had or the worst. There were points during the 2 week holiday when I was convinced it was the worst, and that was definitely reflected in my mood (sorry Stu!), but looking back on it t...

23rd January 2014

Opening the Winter Season...

...with seven unexpected ice climbs At the end of a fantastic and unexpected ice climbing day. "And now, dinner!" Winter climbing at Serra da Estrela in Portugal, corresponds to wet, cold and uncomfortable journeys. After a day of action in sl...

15th January 2014

Success for Rab professionals

It has been a successful few weeks for the Rab team. Across a wide variety of disciplines from skiing to flying, in a wide variety of locations from valley floors to the South Pole there have been some great accomplishments. Here's to hoping the re...

7th January 2014

Working with Photographers

I’m two metres below the top out of a new 12m E2 route I’m soloing the day before leaving for the Ice Climbing World Cup in Romania when I hear crunching noise to my right. Time slows down and I hear a shout then become aware of a growing shado...

6th January 2014

Richard Parks becomes fastest Brit in history to reach South Pole

Richard Parks has reached the South Pole, recording the fastest ever solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole by a Brit in history. He reached the South Pole today at 5.24am GMT, 2.24am Chilean time and 6.24pm local NZ time, co...

20th December 2013

2013

2013 has been a great year for me. Lots of travelling, stacks of climbing and amazing weather (with one notable exception!). Rather than writing an account of all the best moments I’ve selected a photo from each month and added a sentence or tw...

19th December 2013

Tour du Mont Blanc by mountain bike - Leanne Callaghan

Do you ever get a sinking feeling when it becomes clear that everyone else on your trip has been taking things very seriously and, like, actually trained and, like, not taken the kitchen sink and, like, actually packed more than 15 minutes before g...

13th December 2013

Bringing Home the Bacon - Ally Swinton

This Autumn hasn't been the most productive, due to really poor weather and conditions.  Mostly I've just been training either at the zoo, which is the local dry tooling venue, or at the wall. So I'm feeling strongish on the axes just now. Howev...

9th December 2013

OCP workshop

Last Saturday dawned with a sense of nervous excitement. The reason was the Optimising Climbing Potential workshop being held at the Foundry climbing wall in Sheffield which I was coaching on. I was a little bit nervous because it was the first tim...

2nd December 2013

Antarctica Speed Record: Day 4 - Richard Parks

Hi Guys.  Not the best of news.  Yesterday the weather deteriorated badly.  There had been more snow, total whiteouts, no contrast, no horizon and following a lot of snow I was skiing in powder so deep I was losing my ski’s. I did 3 hours yeste...

27th November 2013

Gritstone Esoterica - Tom Randall

Earlier this year I spent quite a bit of time – too much time – working on a first ascent down at Shining Cliff. It was a short gritstone route that linked hard bouldering in with some bold route climbing and produced a really cool bit of physica...

22nd November 2013

Waiting to Start - Richard Parks

Hi guys.  Hope you are all well.  I am currently in Union Glacier Base Camp in Antarctica waiting for a weather window to start my Antarctica Speed Record expedition.I’ve moved in to a tent with Rob the cameraman, it turns out we’re like b...

20th November 2013

Fast Grit - Tom Randall

One of my favourite things about climbing with Pete is that he loves a silly challenge. It doesn’t matter whether it’s painful, tiring, embarrassing or just ridiculous – he’s up for it. I’ve climbed over 500 routes in a day with him, le...

18th November 2013

Where's your head at? - Ally Swinton

Sorry I've not wrote on my blog for a while. I've had a few things going on. I'd like to say they've been wild, exciting and entertaining things... But they haven't. My heads just been in a funny place lately. For the past two months I've been on ...

12th November 2013

Küffner

End of the summer.. We endless found some time to go mountaineering together with my good friend Matthieu Portefaix☺ Let’s go to Chamonix and the main objective is the Küffner ridge.. First day driving to Mt-Blanc valley and the Contamine rou...

23rd October 2013

Kendal Mountain Festival 2013 is coming!

Rab is proud to be a sponsor of the festival, be sure to get your tickets for the Rab Party on the Saturday night. It's going to be bigger and better than ever so get your dancing shoes on and we'll see you there! KMF Trailer 2013 from Kendal Mo...

23rd October 2013

You Can’t Win Them All - Tom Randall

One of the big aims for 2013 was to improve my finger crack abilities – the usual methods of systematic analysis of what was needed were applied. I needed better Front-2 strength, more strength in my pinkie in the “drag position” and really...

23rd October 2013

Richard Parks announces record breaking expeditions

After 12 months of preparation Richard Parks can finally unveil Project X. Project X is a two-part quest, which will see Richard attempt to complete the fastest and longest solo, unsupported and unassisted Antarctic polar expeditions in history. On...

22nd October 2013

Trail Running in Torridon - Nadir Khan

Paul and Colin had talked about running all the Torridon tops in a day and when I spoke to Claire at Trail Running mag she was keen that I shoot it so it would be a main feature in the mag. So, as I was also shooting for an article in Climb magazin...

21st October 2013

Petit Clocher du Portalet

I first heard about the route « état de choc » a long time ago.. the Portalet is known as “the little Yosemite” and after my family trip in Val d’Orco, it would a nice places to lock Friends and fingers !! As often, we decide to go and ...

16th October 2013

Attempting to optimise my potential

Five years ago, in October 2008, I had one of my worst days out climbing ever. It sticks in my mind because it was also a turning point for me. Several months previously I had climbed my first 8a and the week before I had moved out to live in Barce...

14th October 2013

Autumn Snow - Ben Tibbetts

Waking up to yet more snow in the garden and a blue sky is pretty exciting. I got up early and started desperately messaging folk to try and find someone to come up and ski. It certainly isn’t a normal days skiing this time of year as the high pe...

4th October 2013

7th Rab Mountain Marathon

Last weekend (28-29th September) saw the seventh annual Rab Mountain Marathon take place, this year in the north-west corner of the Lake District. Hundreds of competitors, entering as individuals or teams of 2, from around the country converged o...

27th September 2013

Skye High - Nadir Khan

Just back from 5 days on Skye with Guy Steven and Lee Fleming. The plan was to climb and shoot as much of the ridge as possible, get a bivi on the ridge and get some of the classic rock routes in as well.  My track record with Skye isn’t good, m...

24th September 2013

New Route on Kapura

It was our first trip to Nangma Valley and we had no exact objective in mind, although we aimed to climb a new mountain route in light style or at least some new rock route on the big-walls there. In our investigations before the departure, we didn...

19th September 2013

Staycation!

When the weather is good there is no better place to holiday than the UK. In fact, last week the weather was pretty terrible, but the UK still made for a pretty amazing place to be. We took a week off up in the Yorkshire Dales, and I honestly believe...

2nd September 2013

Orco

Bad weather everywhere.. so bad:-( We are searching on internet a climbing place dry for a few days with my brother.. Some friends told me about Val d'Orco as a magic place for trad climbing.. the valley is very close from home and the weather se...

28th August 2013

Bellavista

The Tre Cime ©Calum Muskett After our adventure on the Eiger, Dave and I were after a fresh objective. We had a number of routes in mind spread out across the Alps but, wimps that we are, were keen to avoid any more cold bivi’s! Dave mentioned...

27th August 2013

Paciencia - Calum Muskett

  North Face of the Eiger ©Calum Muskett The White Spider was one of the first mountaineering books I read. Written by Heinrich Harrer in 1959, it describes the trials and tribulations that led to the first ascent of the North Face of the ...

16th August 2013

Grand Dru - Ben Tibbetts

South Pillar / Voie Bastien Contamine - Grand Dru   View of the Chamonix Aiguilles from the Charpoua Refuge When we left the hut before dawn, Christophe, the guardian’s parting shot was ‘be careful to read the topo very carefully beyon...

15th August 2013

Slig2Slig

A favourable set of circumstances recently gave me the chance to complete a day out on the Cuillin Ridge that I have had in my head for years. I have often wondered what it would be like to do a journey from one end of the Ridge to the other and ba...

5th August 2013

Flammes de Pierres

This summer seems to be defined under ‘trad climbing motivation’. I decided with my friend Sylvain « Chuchu » to go and climb in Charpoua area in Chamonix. The main objective being the route Sale Athée in The Moine Spine, 350m, ED+. We sta...

1st August 2013

Acclimatizing

I’ve been to the Alps every year since my first visit when I was fifteen. I love the variety of climbing, the generally hot weather and the fresh pain au chocolats in the mornings. A trip to the Alps generally makes a nice, if a tad expensive, su...

31st July 2013

Rab Rock Trip - Summer 2013

We recently dispatched some of the Rab Professionals to two of the finest trad climbing areas in Europe. Accompanied by photographer Ben Winston, the goal was to get some shots of Rab gear being put through its paces. Orco First up Jude Spancken, ...

30th July 2013

Croix des Têtes Time

Summer is just beginning and we are looking for new projects with my brother Vincent Some good friends have bolted two routes in the Croix des Têtes peak just in front of our parent's home.. so cool !! let's go climbing:-) The first one is « ...

23rd July 2013

East Buttress of the Angel - Scott Bennett

Graham and I have just returned to Talkeetna after spending a fun-filled ten days in the Revelation mountains. This remote range, on the far southwest end of the Alaska range, has been visited a few times in Spring season, and climbers have returne...

19th July 2013

Beautiful Briançon

At the start of the month we had a week spare to go climbing somewhere. But where to go in the July heat? Fancying a Mini adventure we booked a ferry and cast about for suitable destinations. First on the list was Berdorf, Luxembourg which sounded ...

15th July 2013

Stop me if you can - Dimitri Messina

This May I wasn’t working, Simon had a surplus of free time and we thought that it would be nice, really nice even, to go for a climb in the mountains. WRONG!! Our beautiful country swapped its rainfall statistics for those of Vietnam during mo...

12th July 2013

The Go Trek - Squash Falconer

Squash Falconer recently set off on a pretty unique expedition. Rather than finding unusual ways to go up (and down) mountains, she took to the roads of Western Europe on an ElliptiGO with a trailer for supplies, aiming to cover 3000 miles. Squash'...

10th July 2013

Updates from Sylvain

June started well with two 8bs at Super Manjoc crag !!:-) I failed doing the both in the same day, but after Bourrinados, I sent Persifleur a couple of days later.. I'm now working on a 8b/+ Nowar more Love. Super Manjoc is a fantastic crag ne...

9th July 2013

First free ascent of 'Maurienne, What else?'

Maurienne, What else? (7c 400m) on the Croix des Têtes was equipped last autumn by my friend Benjamin Perrette. Since the start of the year I’d wanted to drag my trad rack up there, but unfortunately the appalling spring weather (you could’ve ...

8th July 2013

How many E7s can you put up in a day?

Short of time and short of sleep our final day on Hoy was always going to be a hectic affair. An early start saw Tom and I heading over to a gloomy looking Rora Head to prepare for the lead of our new line. As we abseiled in we could tell that cond...

8th July 2013

Our sponsored pro Gary Rolfe certainly has unusual neighbours.

Not many people can say they’ve had a polar bear walk past their house! ...

5th July 2013

Perspectives on fast and light

Perspectives on fast and light: Skiing Mont Blanc from the valley floor. Ben Tibbets.   Misha Gopaul descending the north face of Mont Blanc in blustery conditions. I had never particularly noticed the Arête Royale (N ridge of the D...

1st July 2013

Mountain Days

They may not be the biggest or the most impressive hills around, but the mountains of Snowdonia have their own charms and history making up for their modest size. I’ve always thought that climbing in the mountains is something really special. Spe...

25th June 2013

Grades and Climbs

A stylish belay...without bolts! Some loose stones were thrown to the void and a couple of hours later I arrived to the intermediate “Balcony” on the high part of the wall, which allows to escape (or access) comfortably, a beautiful creatio...

24th June 2013

Boot Camp - Spanish Style

Just before leaving for my holiday to Barcelona a friend remarked that I was the only person he knew who was crazy enough to be excited about spending 2 weeks abroad training in an indoor wall. I prefer to think of it as psyched! The purpose of th...

24th June 2013

Anyone want us to have a factory sale?

Oh go on then…. ...

12th June 2013

We’re proud to be a member of the EOCA.

As a company of people and as a technical outdoor brand we are very connected to the outdoors and to outdoor people. We care very much about 'giving back' and are delighted to join the EOCA who are concerned with conservation, raising funds and promo...

12th June 2013

Photo from a fan.

A great photo sent to us by Rab fans Fraser & Jonathan on the Amphu Labtsa Pass 5,800m. Thanks for sending us the photo guys. ...

10th June 2013

Back to Rock - Calum Muskett

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of work and play (although mainly work!). After returning from the Alps I enjoyed some good skiing, ice climbing and rock climbing all in the same week in North Wales. In fact, on one day, I skied dow...

10th June 2013

BMC International Climbing Meet, May 2013. Jon Morgan

Jon Morgan and Sophie Whyte soloing Astral Stroll, E1 5b at Carn Gloose. 3 years ago I was one of about 30 hosts on the BMC Winter Climbing Meet held at Glenmore Lodge. The weather was rubbish, the conditions on the hill were pants and most of th...

30th May 2013

Daniel Hughes on TV

So who saw Daniel Hughes on The One Show last night & then on the BBC News Channel? If you missed it on the news, here it is... ...

28th May 2013

Parks all set for Jungle Ultra

As Richard Parks steps up his preparation for his next world first project, he's taking part in the Jungle Ultra in Peru. A 230km/142 mile race of tough jungle trails, mountain roads and village tracks leading their way down from 10,500ft in the Cl...

28th May 2013

Alaska - Check your ego at the gate

"There is a rare feeling of completeness and calm that can only come after concerted effort and toil, sacrifice and vision"                                                                                   ...

22nd May 2013

Gaby’s Story

The British Women’s Ski Mountaineering Champion Gabriel Lees tells Rab all about the best season she’s ever had. Gaby is this year’s British Female Ski Mountaineering Champion and she has represented Great Britain in World Championships even...

20th May 2013

Well done Daniel

Don’t forget to keep donating. Donate by texting Nose70 £1 to 70070. ...

15th May 2013

Boom! McFlurry please!

I am a sport climber. It says so in my DNA, I am sure it does. If you cut me open I would read sport climber down the middle like a stick of rock. So how come I have barely tied into a rope since Christmas? I am not injured, I am not sick, I am def...

15th May 2013

Retro Rab

Browsing through the catalogue archive, we came across this retro beauty featuring Joe Simpson. We think it's from about 1989. ...

14th May 2013

The Last One of the Cold Season - Variant 'Pops'

  It was already spring and our special order had not yet arrived. After the last winter activity in the Serra da Estrela, we were still expecting an extra extended weekend to close the season. This weekend came from the 13th to the 16th of ...

14th May 2013

A short sequence of shots, captured during the making of "Beyond the Mountains".

A short sequence of shots, captured during the making of "Beyond the Mountains" a documentary in post-production about a journey on foot over Scotland's highest mountains. Beyond the Mountains - Texture and Light from James Urquhart on Vimeo. ...

9th May 2013

The boot’s on the other foot now!

Diary of a skimo racer May 2013 Calum Muskett was visiting Chamonix for a month recently and we hooked up for some skiing together. Aged 19 at the moment he has done more climbing in 6 years than most of us will do in a lifetime. And with on-sightin...

26th April 2013

A trailer for our sponsored pro Leo Faria's film of his journey to achieve what could be the hardest piece of climbing facing the Atlantic Ocean.

First 9a in Portugal by Leopoldo Faria TRAILER from Hands Up Creations on Vimeo. ...

26th April 2013

Italian Trad Cracks: Part III - Tom Randall

  Each time that I book a trip to Europe for climbing, I get so excited. I dream of perfect lines, quality rock and sunny weather. These three factors are what keep you motivated during the long dark winter months slogging away on the training....

25th April 2013

Sarah Ridgeway on her 'recce' for her fast attempt of the Cuillin Ridge traverse on Sky.

A great photo of Rab supported athlete Sarah Ridgeway on her 'recce' for her fast attempt of the Cuillin Ridge traverse on Skye. “Thanks Rab for the awesome kit! Layering heaven for temperature management & moving fast and light!” ...

25th April 2013

The guys at GoPro picked a video of our sponsored pro Squash Falconer as their ‘video of the day’ yesterday.

Squash set off to climb Mt Everest, with an aim to not only reach the top but also to become the first female to paraglide from the summit, she captured her journey on a GoPro HD Hero camera. If you’ve got a spare 10 minutes it’s worth a watch. ...

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