In a follow up to the article The MyOutdoors Guide to Chamonix between the seasons from Dave and James, one of our Mountaineering Team, Alan 'Tosh' McIntosh and his wife Sam, headed for the Alps earlier this year. Alan describes how they developed their Alpinism skills from Ice Climbing to Snowshoeing to an Introduction to Skiing with details of the areas they visited and some costs associated with their experiences.
This year's Buxton Adventure Festival will see a unique exhibition as Andy Turner and members of the GB Ice Climbing Team put their skills on show beneath the roof of the Devonshire Dome - the second largest unsupported dome in the World. We took the opportunity to have a chat with Andy about the Sochi Winter Olympics, route setting, TV coverage (or lack of) and the 1st British Tooling Championships.
Mountaineer Mick Fowler has achieved another major first ascent in the Himalaya. Alongside regular climbing partner Paul Ramsden, Fowler reached the summit of Gave Ding, a 6,400m peak in far west Nepal, on Thursday 22 October.
Described as the ultimate in lightweight, highly breathable insulation that eliminates the need for constant layering changes my first impressions with the Black Diamond Women’s First Light jacket… it looked a bit girly for me.
Chamonix based outdoor gear company have produced a harness for the ski mountaineer and alpinist which is lighter than most mobile phones.
The Brit Rock Film Tour is one of the highlights of the UK winter film and festival season; distinctly different from the classic festival offerings it features new climbing films from some of the UK's top adventure filmmakers.
In December the 2015 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup kicks off with the Bozeman Ice Festival in Montana and over the next three months the circuit takes in Korea, Switzerland, Italy and France before concluding at Kirov in Russia on 6-8th March. Last weekend the market town of Buxton in the Peak District presented its credentials to gatecrash the World Cup circuit in future years with a spectacular competition held beneath the largest unsupported dome in Europe. The brainchild of GB Ice Climbing Team Manager and competitor Andy Turner, the "Thunderdome" competition attracted an international field to possibly the most spectacular indoor arena ever used with a near replica of the Sochi Winter Olympics Demonstration Event course configuration.
Mick Fowler and Victor Saunders have returned to the UK after being repelled for a second time this year by the still unclimbed 6,362m Himalayan mountain Chombu.
Davy recently went to EICA Ratho to check out the Edelrid Rope Demo- a machine straight from the Edelrid factory that shows how a rope is spun together from the raw cord material.
British climber Leo Houlding has teamed up with Canadian Will Stanhope to complete a historic one-day link-up of the Howser Towers in British Columbia, Canada.