Climbing Industry News

by Mick Ryan Heinz Mariacher The Climbers Club have announced the publication of a new guidebook to the Lower Wye Valley, edited by John Willson. This guidebook covers Wynd Cliff, Wintour?s Leap, Ban-y-gor, Tintern Quarry, and Shorn Cliff that offer a huge variety of excellent climbing: trad routes in all grades from Moderate to E6 and sport climbs from F4 to F7c+. It has been printed in full colour throughout (432 pages) in the new Climbers? Club guidebook design, and the book is generously illustrated with maps, photodiagrams, and a wide selection of action photos. Mountain Boot Company based in Newcastle who distribute Scarpa in the UK are holding a summit of their top climbers (including Andy Earl, Lucy Creamer, Dave Birkett, John Dunne, Dave MacLeod, and Malcolm Smith) and the Scarpa rock shoe design team, Heinz Mariacher and Simone Marcon, at the end of August. The aim is to hold a think tank on rock shoe design and get some climbing in on Northumberland´s exquisite cliffs. You will be able to follow this at a Scarpa blog and Youtube site, and at the Scarpa UK website: You may remember the name Duncan McCallum, the Scottish climber who was one of the team behind the Ratho climbing wall. Duncan was also a mover and shaker in Scottish sport climbing in the late 80´s and early 90´s. He is also an adventure cameraman (The Edge, The Face, The Abyss, Wilderness Walks) and one of the presenters on BBC Scotlands Adventure Show. The Swedish outdoor company Haglöfs (website) have just announced that they are working with Duncan, now based in France. Duncan is also involved in next weeks live outside climbing broadcast in the Cairngorms. Apex Distribution (website) based in Penrith have just announced that they will be distributing Simond, the Chamonix based manufacturer of mountain/climbing hardware. Simond gear will be available in some of the UK´s outdoor shops this winter. RAB have announced a new Mountain Marathon, organised in conjunction with Dark & White Events, this two day mountain marathon/navigation challenge will take place this year in the Lake District on the weekend of 29th/30th September 2007 for solos and teams of up to four runners. More details at Finally, Matt Heason of Heason Events who organised Sheffield´s Cliffhanger(website) reports that despite the bad weather nearly 10,000 people attended this outdoor adventure event and that plans are already being made for Cliffhanger Two in 2008. If you have any Climbing Industry News please email: