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30 Pitches in the Gorge

Turning 30, for some reason, is quite daunting. But what better way to mark it than by exhausting yourself in a climbing challenge? Thirty pitches in the Avon Gorge came to mind. As a complete punter, it would be difficult but still achievable. The Avon VS Challenge¬†nicely takes up about half the pitches and is […]

Dave Smith

Dave Smith 1951-2015   Professor David Smith was killed in a tragic accident on Tryfan on 13th November 2015. This is in memory of him. I first met David a few years ago where I started climbing with him locally plus further afield and David always brightened up the day with his enthusiasm, warmth and […]

The Golden Ice Axe Project

Introduction Around the start of September I spotted a wooden axe for sale on ukclimbing. It appeared to be in reasonable condition, and I had wanted one for my wall for a while so I sent off an email. A few days later a slightly rusty but serviceable “interalp camp” turned up at my office. […]

Alps trip 2014

The first 2 weeks of August saw the AMC return to the lovely Saas Valley in Switzerland. Unusually, this year there was no mass entry to the campsite, but people dropping in and out throughout the time there. All told 15 people joined the happy throng over there, making for a very enjoyable little community. […]

The Staffordshire Nose

A blood sacrifice at the altar of Brown and Whillans Every climber has heard of The Nose. Perhaps the most iconic route there is, often dreamt of, much aspired-to, but unfortunately also a bloody long way from Bristol. So we devise our own challenges, closer to home. Girdle traverses are a favourite, maintaining the feeling […]

South Pembrokeshire Trip

The trip went very well and the Met Office forecast of rain was completely wrong, the only problem we had was dealing with sunburn. Any a great hit on Church Rock through the use of Kayaks was claimed along with various parties climbing at St Govans head, Flimson and Bow shaped slabs, a lot of […]

Dewerstone video

A delightful day out at one of Dartmoor’s finest venues, namely The Dewerstone in South West Devon, on one of the crag classics called “Central Groove” which is surely one the best climbs of it’s grade at Hard Severe in the UK. Set in the magical ancient wooded valley of Shaugh Prior by the babbling […]