After spending most of the last year doing an impression of a trad climber I felt it was time to get back to the real thing and do some bouldering so I went for a walk up a hill – Camaderry – and looked at some rocks. I have spend a few days up there […]
Harry McGee reviewed Rock Climbing in Ireland in Tuesday’s Irish Times. Read the review here.
Check out this great video by Rob Hunter (co-author of the Fair Head Bouldering guide) climbing a few of the classic Mourne boulder problems including Cloud Nine 6bish FA Chimney Rock Mountain Huckleberry Huggin 7a stand (sit has been completed at 7bish) FA Binnian North Tor Writer’s Bloc 7c FA Binnian North Tor Felsic Fantasy […]
In February Dan Varian paid a visit to Fair Head and climbed a few new problems, read more about it on the Three Rock Books blog. He had just uploaded the a video of the hardest problem he climbed on the trip Glenn Ross 8a+. He also did the first move with a rag on […]
The second of two guidebooks that dropped in my letterbox just before Christmas was Stone Country’s second edition of Essential Fontainebleau. John Watson, the man behind Stone Country, send me a copy of the the first edition of the guide to review in 2008. It was the first truly pocket sized bouldering guide I had […]
Most Irish climbers won’t have even heard of the North York Moors yet the bouldering there is now documented in ‘North York Moors and East Coast’ by Lee Robinson. The North York Moors are a compact area on the east coast of England, north of Leeds and south of Newcastle with over 2000 problems most […]
The crag in Lough Dan has a very steep, undercut base. And I think it would be possible to traverse the underside of the roof from left to right. Most of this problem would stay pretty dry in the rain. There is one hard crux exiting the roof and crossing the first section of steep […]
The first print review of Rock Climbing in Ireland appears in the winter edition of Irish Mountain Log. Thanks to Sé for the generous review. I must point out that the picture of Carrot Ride that Sé singles out was taken by Richard Creagh but I forgot to caption it.
This quarter’s issue of Irish Mountain Log contains an interesting piece by Barry Dalby of EastWest Mapping about Charles Thompson a mountaineer, teacher and collector of placenames. Among the photos is one of Thompson – or possible a friend – bouldering in Glendalough. It appears that most of Thompson’s climbing was done early in his […]
Ask your Da or Uncle to name a climbing route, not a mountain but a specific route, and I bet you they will think for a minute and offer The North Face of the Eiger. It’s probably the most famous climb in the world. In 1938 a pair of German and a pair of Austrian […]