The 1980’s saw climbing standards rise exponentially. At the start of the decade, 7b+ was cutting edge, but by the end of the 80’s 9a was the new world standard.
Earlier this year UKClimbing and Rab teamed up to create a film that captured the heart and soul of the Women's Trad Festival. Irrespective of whether you're young or old, male or female, new or experienced, the reasons why we climb are much the same: for the friends, for the movement, for the people, for the places, and perhaps most of all - because it's fun.
Where is your limit? Would you recognise it? For Steve McClure it’s an endless series of matchstick edges and nothing holds, high above the Yorkshire Dales. If this climb was one move longer, it would still be a dream… instead it’s the UK’s hardest-ever climb.
Cracking little featurette of the 2018 Plywood Masters indoor bouldering competition held at Boulder UK, Preston. Features many British climbing team members, seriously dirty crimps and fat slice of Lancashire wit. Awesome climbing with plenty of japes and laughs along the way.
After twenty years, this unclimbed problem, The Rail, Font 8b+ has been worked, worked again and finally has a first ascent from Dan Varian. 'The Rail' at Bowden Doors, Northumberland had been a project for over twenty years.
One of the highlights of 2017 was Steve McClure climbing Britain's first 9b: Rainman at Malham. In November 2017, Adam Ondra paid a flying visit to the UK to speak at Kendal Film Festival.
Now that we both live in Sheffield, 'The Peak' is our local climbing area, meaning we were able to get out loads over the Grit season. This video showing a selection of what we got up to.
This film follows Irish climber David Fitzgerald (instagram.com/dv_fitzgerald), who after taking up the sport only 5 years ago travelled to the Peak District to try the hardest bouldering problems on grit.
Bereits in seiner frühesten Jugend wurde Ben Moon vom Klettervirus "positiv befallen". Ein Klettertrip führte ihn mit 17 zu seinen damaligen Vorbildern wie Jerry Moffat und Martin Atkinson. Seit dem ist der zurückhaltende, auch medial sehr selektive Brite quasi ein Fixpunkt in DER Klettegeschichte!
Ben Moon talks bouldering progression, sport climbing and where it's all headed. He's firmly back to sport climbing now, and has a new personalised training plan for the winter courtesy of Tom Randall and Lattice Training. Ben has set his sights on 9a Northern Lights at Kilnsey in the UK, and has no doubt it will go down.
Auf der Suche nach der Alex Megos Formel macht Teil 3 der vierteiligen Serie Halt im legendären englischen Peak District. Hier lüftet Alex das Geheimnis hinter Kletter-Mythen und versucht sich an einer der historischsten Routen überhaupt: Hubble.
After a remarkable career including the World's first 9a ("Hubble"), last year Ben Moon achieved what many thought to be impossible by repeating the climb over 20 years after it's first ascent. Now working towards his nemesis route "Northern Lights", Ben gives us some insight into his training at the School Room.
Jerry Moffatt and Ben Moon are legends of our sport. They were playing a leading role in the development of sport climbing and bouldering in the 80's and 90's. Being a superb competition climber as well, Jerry is widely regarded as the best overall climber in the world of the 80's.
Its funny the road that life leads you down. How we learn, progress, and how things that were once only dreams may one day become realities. Two years ago James Pearson realised one of his dreams, to climb an E9, first try!
St John's head on the Island of Hoy is a wild and remote 1150 foot sea cliff. 40 years after the first ascent, one of the World's top climbers, Dave MacLeod, sets out to climb the cliff in a single day, finishing with a new desperately hard final pitch up the headwall.
James Pearson knows the ropes. And he's got courage. When he did "The Walk of Life", he climbed what is alleged to be the most difficult and dangerous route in the British Isles. It is the first route rated an E12 degree of difficulty.
Before he was a Wideboy, Pete Whittaker exploded onto the Peak District trad scene with a series of quick repeats of hard classics and first ascents. The crowning achievement of this period was the first ascent of "Dynamics of Change".
"When I first tried this move I was convinced that my forearm or finger would explode with a loud bang". This is Tom Randall talking about the moves on The Kraken V13, his Devon Roof Project - a 40 ft long horizontal roof crack at Hartland Quay.
Ned Feehally climbed the stand start to Voyager three weeks ago in "a couple of tries" and had been working on the sit start since. He had been waiting for weather windows, whilst trying to get his skin in a suitable condition.
We popped round to see Ben Moon and get the knowledge on his ascent of Rainshadow (9a) at Malham Cove: the fourth ascent of the route, which was established by Steve McClure in 2003, and Ben's second 9a, almost twenty-five years after his first ascent of Hubble – the world's first 9a – at Raven Tor.
Andy Earl is one of Britain's most accomplished climbers, from hard, dangerous first ascents in Northumberland, to performing at the highest level in World Cup competitions. In 2010, tragedy struck and changed the Earl's lives forever.
The video regards a Ben Moon's masterpiece, put up in November 2006. Peak District is by far one of Niky Ceria's favorite place where to go and Voyager is simply one of the many gems you can see up-there. Here the second ascent. Enjoy.
The gray slate rocks in the quarries of Wales are a notoriously fearsome testing ground for climbing technique. Pete Robins and Nic Sellers go to the The Llanberis quarries to test themselves, waxing lyrical about its joys and providing a master class on how to climb the stuff.
A 4 minute insight into the art of hard work, patience and perseverance behind successful red point climbing, following British climber Neil Gresham as he battles to force his body and mind into shape to climb the hardest sports route of his life.
Nur ein paar Tage vor seinem 49ten Geburtstag und ganze 25 Jahre nach seiner Erstbegehung von "Hubble" (8c+ oder gar doch 9a?) konnte der britische Ausnahmekletterer Ben Moon die vierte Begehung von "Rainshadow" (9a) am Malham Cove für sich verbuchen. Hut ab!