Friction and all that

I was doing some research (ie. googling) for the chapter in my book about friction and conditions. And I came across the catalogue of a South African climbing shoes manufacture called Rock Pillars. http://www.rockpillars.cz/data/files/34catalogue-rock-pillars-2012.pdf They had a bit of information about friction and rubber – very grandly titled “FRICTION THEORY AND CLIMBING FORCES TRANSFERENCE” – […]

Three Rock Books and Vertical Life team up to produce digital guidebooks

A few days ago Vertical Life launched new digital guidebooks versions of Bouldering in Ireland and Rock Climbing in Ireland. Based in Austria, Vertical Life already have a wide range of digital guides on the app and are looking to expand their coverage. I think that their app is going to be the de facto […]

The Five Essentials experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way

At over 2500km long and with so much to see it’s impossible to take in the whole Wild Atlantic Way in one visit. And even if you did somehow mange it you would be so busy rushing around that you would miss out on so many great sights and experiences. So rather than singling out […]

Cycling Tour of Dingle

The Dingle Peninsula in Kerry is an ideal location for a short scenic bicycle tour. This 167km route loops around the Peninsula in a figure of eight taking in many of the most spectacular views and landscape Ireland has to offer. Around eachbend there is another spectacular vista however the highlight of the route is […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Clare

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning. However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Kerry

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning. However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Cork

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning.  However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Galway

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning.  However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Mayo

When you see lists of Ireland’s hidden gems including the likes of the Cliff of Moher (which saw over 1.4 million visitors in 2016) then you know that the term ‘hidden gem’ has become a cliche and is in danger of losing all meaning.  However that doesn’t meant that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

Fatbiking the Wicklow coast

In the eighties mountain bikes were known as ‘all terrain bikes’, a term that lives on today in the French for mountain bike – velo tout terrain. But in recent years the concept of a bike that could go anywhere has fallen by the wayside, mountain biking has become increasingly specialised, and the bikes have […]