Hands That Hold The Future: Setting the BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup 2015

Bristol was chosen to host the finals of the BMC/MCofS Junior Boulder Cup 2015, with the event being hosted at Bloc. I spent some time getting an insight into the fascinating pre- and post-event processes behind putting on such an event, and of course a crucial part of this process is the route setting. Although [...]

Recommend a Route #3 – Lucy Creamer

Well, its 3 months into winter, the snow has finally arrived, albeit momentarily, and you’ve probably exhausted the routes in your local climbing gym enough to warrant doing them blind-folded. On the up-side, it’s one more month closer to spring and it’s a new year for getting out and exploring your closer-to-home climbing venues. Bristol [...]

Recommend a Route #2 – Henry Castle – Morris Dancers On Ecstasy HVS

Morris Dancers On Ecstasy (HVS 5a, 5a, 5a, 4c, ***) Grey Wall, Snuff Mills.   Winter 2015 has not been the best in terms of climbing conditions. Or any conditions for that matter. Weeks and weeks of rain and wind have dished out 3 days of good weather over a month. But don't be disheartened [...]

By | December 31st, 2015|Articles, Climbing, Interviews, Recommend a Route, Rock Climbing|0 Comments

Recommend a Route #1 – James Marshall

Winter is here. In these dark, let’s face it, dank, winter months, heading inside is, of course, the normal climber’s thing. It’s a bit grey, miserable, the forecast is unpredictable and even if it is dry outside, the rock isn’t necessarily going to be. Hence why, having a few routes to keep your psyche up [...]

By | November 20th, 2015|Articles, Climbing, Interviews, Recommend a Route|0 Comments

Wendy Coles – 8b Ascent

Bristol gal, Wendy Coles recent super send has been Eurofighter (8b) at Shipwreck Cove - a 25m steep sport route located on one of the Gower's best sport climbing venues. Following along the lines of many recent strong female ascents, Wendy Coles managed to ticked her FIRST 8b in September. Luckily just as the season was [...]

By | November 5th, 2015|Bristol Climbing News, Interviews|0 Comments

How Do We Better Represent Women In Extreme Sports

  These questions were asked of Steve Winslow and the other panel speakers at the recent Shextreme.tv film festival, Steve has written up his answers and shared them with us. 1. What does this topic of the representation of women in extreme sports mean to you? A greater representation of women in all extreme sports [...]

By | October 25th, 2015|Articles, Interviews|0 Comments

Josh sends ‘A Day Called Zero’

Local young-gun Josh Baldwin recently sent 'A Day Called Zero' at the Wave, Cheddar Gorge. It his first of the grade, so Georgia spoke to him to get the low-down on how it went.   G: How do you feel now you’ve hit the 8a milestone? J: Really happy all the training has paid off. [...]

Poppy 8b+, interview with Cailean.

We caught up with Cailean Harker to congratulate him on his recent send of 'Poppy' 8b+ at Anstey's Cove, and to get some insight into what this sort of accomplishment takes.   Callum: Congratulations on your recent send. Callum: What's poppy and where is it? : Cailean: It's a short, hard route at Ansteys cove. Ansteys [...]