Philip Duke does the first ascent of Thea 8a in Turlough Hill, Wicklow

Last week Philip Duke (@philipdukeclimbing) did the first ascent of his long-standing project in Electric Mountain in the Wicklow Mountains. The tall granite boulder (https://goo.gl/maps/mUe2fZTh9Po) stands at the back of the corrie above Lough Nahanagan just off the Wicklow Gap road. Thea 8a tackles the right-hand side of the leaning wall starting with a few […]

Arctic Circle Trail Greenland – packing and gear list

I’m just back from walking the Arctic Circle Trail in west Greenland and wanted to document the gear I used in the hope that others might find it useful when preparing for the trail. The ACT is a 165km trail that links the towns of Kangerlussuaq and Sisimiut in west Greenland. Most of the year […]

Rock Climbing on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches along the rugged west coast of Ireland for well over 1500km along the way it takes in vast sandy beaches, tiny coves and soaring headlands. Unsurprisingly it is also home to some of Ireland’s best rock climbing. The cliffs which are pounded year round by the Atlantic offer a massive […]

The true hidden gems of the Wild Atlantic Way – Donegal

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 mean that the 2500km of the Wild Atlantic […]

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 […]