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warrior-pad-true-red 25th Jul 2019 Moon Warrior Bouldering Pad

Ben Moon's parents will have had no idea what a cool surname their son was going to bring to the world of climbing. As one of the leading sport climbers and boulderers of the 90s Ben gained a...

Boreal Velcro Joker 6th Jun 2019 Boreal Joker Velcro Climbing Shoes - Women's

With two growing boys who are into their rock climbing it's a fairly constant battle to keep them in decent rock shoes. My eldest is now 12 and has grown out of the kids models which aren't really...

Edelrid Ace Harness 3rd Apr 2019 Edelrid Ace Harness

A super lightweight harness that’s surprisingly comfortable. This comfy yet minimalist harness, with 4 gear loops and fixed leg loops, is one I’d choose for pretty much any and all climbing...

Classic Routes Of The Ecrins 5th Sep 2018 Classic Routes Of The Ecrins -0 Sbastian Constant

This is a delight of a guidebook. It's A5 portrait and 200 pages (but only 75mm thick) so fits into a rucksack pocket pretty easily. The cover is plastic laminated so it will stand up to a bit...

Edelrid OHM 4th Sep 2018 Edelrid OHM - Assisted Braking Device

I'm a big guy. I'm well used to being belayed by people who are lighter than me and have had my share of exciting falls / drops in my time. I now also have two boys who climb. They are both...

North Wales Bouldering 4th Dec 2017 North Wales Bouldering

I can safely say that this is the biggest climbing guide I have yet reviewed. At 668 pages it's a mighty tome that comes with a hefty price tag of £36.95. It may sound expensive, but it's...

edelrid-shield-lite-climbing-helmet 3rd Oct 2017 Edelrid Shield Light Climbing Helmet

Weighing 220g the Edelrid Shield Lite helmet is amongst the lightest on the market. It's a single-piece moulded foam construction with a hard outer shell. Inside there is a removable lattice of...

Edelrid Apus Pro Dry 26th Sep 2017 Climbing Ropes - Edelrid Apus Pro Dry 7.9 60m

Climbing with new ropes is a great feeling. One of security I guess. When I started out climbing a half rope was usually 9mm, with full ropes coming in at 10mm+. Obviously technology has...

Via Ferratas Of The French Alps 25th Sep 2017 Via Ferratas Of The French Alps

Via Ferratas are perhaps one of the oldest forms of adrenaline-based mountain activity. However they weren't originally designed with pleasure in use. Originating in the Italian Dolomites they...

Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell 12th Jun 2017 Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell

Part of Berghaus's Extrem lightweight range the Fastpacking Shell retails at £170 and weighs 250g. 250g for a fully waterproof jacket suitable for extreme mountain weather is impressive. It...

1001climbingtips andy kirkpatrick ofc485pxsticker 13th Oct 2016 1,001 Climbing Tips - Andy Kirkpatrick

1,001 tips on anything has to be a pretty tall order. 1,001 tips on a niche activity like climbing must be virtually impossible. Not so if you have the mind of Andy Kirkpatrick. I checked out...

punk in the gym 01 andy pollitt 13th Jul 2016 Punk In The Gym - Andy Pollitt

Andy Pollitt’s book was given to me by Vertebrate Publishing, the Sheffield-based business responsible for the majority of the recent climbing biographies, with a twinkle of the eye and a...

Mallorca-Cover-2015 15th Jun 2016 Spain: Mallorca Guidebook Rockfax

I lose track of whether this is the third or fourth edition of Rockfax’s Mallorca guide (actually, I just looked it up and discovered that it’s no less than the 7th!) such is the popularity of...

5&6Part2 17th May 2016 5 + 6 - Western & Northern Fontainebleau (Part 2)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Bart Van Raaij, the Fontainebleau fanatic who has singlehandedly reinvented the guidebook to what is probably the world’s most complicated climbing area. Bart’s...

img-thing 16th Mar 2016 Prana Continuum Trousers

I’ve not owned a pair of specifically-bouldering trousers for a few years. The Continuum are a comfortable and stylish pair of trousers with some nice micro features. Made from organic cotton...

Prana Bridger Jean 13th Jan 2016 Prana Bridger Jean

Prana have long been high in my estimation of climbing clothing, but I;ve never had the pleasure of actually testing any of it before. The Bridger Jean - sorry, I can't but help calling them...

One Man's Everest 24th Nov 2015 One Man’s Everest - Kenton Cool

One Man’s Everest  Kenton Cool Review by Sam Schofield One Man’s Everest is a book of adventures woven into a bright, entertaining and inspiring tapestry of a mountaineering career. The...

Petzl-WL-Scorpio-Vertigo LowRes 19th Nov 2015 Petzl Scorpio Vertigo Via Ferratta Lanyard Set

Some time in the dim and distant past I remember tackling what was a petty serious Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites. It was a rest day activity on a proper old-school climbing trip. I remember...

41H2NBa+ApL. SX395 14th Oct 2015 Berghaus Vapour Claw Running Shoes

The Berghaus Vapour Light Claw is a running shoe aimed at trail and long distance runners. I have worked them hard by running in all weathers and over some distances, used them as approach shoes...

P7180163 29th Jul 2015 Petzl Kids Macchu and Body Harness

I've written a few reviews recently on kids kit and the importance of putting them in the right sized stuff. Arguably it's never more important than clmbing harnesses as there's a genuine safety...

Five Ten Tennies 21st Jul 2015 Five Ten Tennie Approach Shoe

I was 13 in 1985. It was a formative time for me. Lots of fairly major things in my life happened around that time, but sadly my parents didn't buy me a pair of the world's first approach shoes,...

Webee Harness 8th May 2015 Ocun WeBee Kids Climbing Harness

Our eldest boy is 8 and recently took part in a climbing competition for the first time. We arrived on the day with his full body harness that he'd been wearing whenever he climbed for the past 5...

Edelrid Crocy 7th May 2015 Edelrid Crocy Oasis Kids Climbing Shoes

It's all too common to see young kids climbing in a pair of trainers. The common thinking seems to be that kids feet grow so quickly that it's not cost effective to buy specialist shoes as they...

Terra Nova Bothy 4 28th Apr 2015 Terra Nova Ultralight Bothy 4

Essentially an emergency shelter this bothy is one of those bits of kit that you may well never use, and you certainly won't want to, but it's useful to have one in your pack if you are out in...

Scarpa Zen Pro 21st Apr 2015 Scarpa Zen Pro Approach Shoes

Almost my favourite Approach Shoes ever. But not quite. I don't usually start a review with a summary, but they are that good that I thought they deserved it. In essence they have everything an...

Seal Skinz All Season Gloves 20th Apr 2015 Sealskinz All Season Gloves

Introduction Sealskinz have been one of those brands that I've (not deliberately) somehow avoided over the years so I thought I'd best try them out. A month or so back I took part in an overnight...

TNV Paramount Convertible Trousers 1st Apr 2015 The North Face Paramount Convertible Trousers

OK so convertible trousers may not be hip, but they are just the ticket when going light is important and the weather is mixed. I've had a few pairs of convertibles before - convertible, if you're...

vpbeyondlimits ofc485px 31st Mar 2015 Beyond Limits - A Life Through Climbing - Steve McClure

Steve McClure is one of the best rock climbers in the world; and undoubtedly the best sport climber in the UK over the past 15 years.  With climbing parents, growing up within easy reach of the...

Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes 21st Nov 2014 Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes

Introduction It took a while, but the acquisition of Five Ten by Adidas has finally resulted in some Adidas shoes carrying Stealth rubber. The Terrex Solos are the first of these that i have had...

Rab - atmos jacket quince 3rd Nov 2014 Rab Atmos Maya Jacket

Introduction I'll dispense with the intro about lightweight gear as it's a recurring theme in many of my reviews. Suffice to say that this one fits the bill neatly. A minimalist waterproof jacket...

Rab Boreas Pull On Breaker 20th Oct 2014 Rab Boreas Pull-on Jacket

Introduction If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know that I am a keen advocate of lightweight kit. The Boreas Pull-on is just that. Weighing just 259g and packing down into a fist...

DMM Highball Bouldering Mat 14th Jul 2014 DMM Highball Bouldering Mat

Introduction A reassuringly tough, chunky and easily portable hinge style mat in a lovely shade of yellow (unless you get the green one). Landing I’m very impressed with this mat.  As well...

rab-mens-vapour-rise-lite-alpine-jacket-maya-l 103202 3rd Jul 2014 VR Lite Alpine Maya Jacket - RAB

Introduction I have two young boys so whenever we are out and about I am invariably carrying my kit and theirs, be it spare jackets on a day-walk, or full camping gear if out overnight. It means...

Smart Wool Merino NTS Baselayer 12th Jun 2014 Smart Wool Merino NTS Baselayer

A Rambling Introduction  on brand loyalty As event organisers Matt Heason and I spend oodles of time designing eye-catching documents to woo potential sponsors.  We have solid stats on ticket...

Rockfax Peak Bouldering Cover 14th May 2014 Peak Bouldering Guidebook - Rockfax - Review

Introduction I've reviewed a fair number of Rockfax guides over the years, but this one sets some new records. Had they made the cover from high density foam it could almost have doubled as a...

Berghaus Aiglun Stretch Climbing Trousers 12th May 2014 Men's Aiglun Stretch Climbing Trousers - Berghaus

I'd been in need of some new climbing trousers for a while, something I can climb and walk comfortably in. Enter the Aigluns.  First off they look nice. In recent times Berghaus seem to have...

Berghaus Cuesta 417 28th Feb 2014 Berghaus Men's Cuesta Approach Shoe Review

A good solid pair of approach shoes that I have worn virtually every day since getting them and are showing very little signs of wear. They retail at £85. Approach shoes generally fit into two...

EOFTlogo200 3rd Oct 2013 EOFT: Climber Tom Randall live Q&A in Liverpool

The European Outdoor Film Tour is proud to announce that climber Tom Randall, star of the E.O.F.T’s headline film ‘Wideboyz’, will be doing a live Q&A as part of the two-hour programme...

Scarpa Rebel 23rd Apr 2013 Scarpa Rebel Carbon GTX Mountaineering Boots

Scarpa Rebel Carbon GTX Review by Steve Hodges I had an end of winter trip coming up and needed some new boots. An arthritic toe and long walk-ins had made the thought of my rather dated and...

Scarpa Curx Approach Shoe 188 12th Apr 2013 Scarpa Crux Approach Shoe

Retailing at £99.99 the Crux are amongst my favourite approach shoes that I’ve worn in recent years. They’re reasonably lightweight (394g) but sturdy workhorses at the same time. I’m a big...

Black Diamond EXL 188 14th Mar 2013 Black Diamond EXL Rucsack

I’ve had this bag a while now and it’s proved to be a favourite on many fronts let down only by its volume. At 20 litres it’s really no more than a day pack with room only for your...

Patagonia Northwall Pants 31st Jan 2013 Patagonia Mens Northwall Pants

Patagonia call them pants. I call them salopettes. Only just been able to really test these out as the winter had been so mild up until a few weeks ago. When it finally did get cold and snow I...

Arcteryx-alpha-sv-gloves 30th Jan 2013 Arc'teryx SV Gloves

Arc’Teryx Alpha SV Gloves I’ve had these gloves ready to use for a few months, but it wasn’t until a fortnight ago when the temperature dropped and the snow finally came that  got the...

FontainebleauClimbsBatonWicks 16th Nov 2012 Fontainebleau Climbs – The Finest Bouldering And Circuits – A Review

Fontainebleau Climbs – The Finest Bouldering And Circuits – A Review J & Francoise Montchausse / Jacky Godoffe I’m beginning to wonder whether it is possible to have too many guidebooks to...

AutanaOdyssey 30th Oct 2012 Autana & Odyssey

I usually have a rule in that I don’t review books or films by mates, but I’m breaking the rule today as I’ve watched two pretty cool films in the last week and both deserve some plaudits....

Echoes 24th Oct 2012 Echoes by Nick Bullock

Echoes by Nick Bullock Echoes has been an interesting book to read. On the one hand I’ve found it incredibly interesting and enjoyable, but it’s also frustrated me at times. A number of years...

Rockfax Dorset 1st Aug 2012 Dorset Rockfax

I’ve been climbing for more than twenty years now. I’ve climbed across much of the UK, but the south coast is somewhere I’ve only been three times. Don’t know why. It’s just panned out...

scarpa vapour v 30th Jul 2012 Scarpa Vapour Velcro

Scarpa Vapour Velcro RRP £79.99 Until a year or two ago I was an avid 5.10 fan. I liked their rubber and that was that. I tried other shoes, but didn’t really feel that anything compared on...

5 And 6 1st Jun 2012 5 and 6 - 3975 straight ups in central and southern Fontainebleau

  Just over a month ago I went to Font for our annual Easter pilgrimage. I contacted Bart Van Raaij a week or two before going to see how his latest project was coming along, a similar guide to...

IMAG0027 2 31st May 2012 Traversing Club - Climbing Games

My oldest lad goes to our local primary school. A couple of weeks ago local climbing wall builder Wallclimber installed a traversing wall in the playground and I offered to start running an...

Pembroke09 15th May 2012 Pembroke - Rockfax

Printed a few years ago this is nevertheless a worthwhile addition to the Rockfax arsenal. It’s effectively an update on the previous guide (which came out in 1995!), bringing it into line with...

MyTinySun Head1000 8th May 2012 My Tiny Sun Head 1,000 Pro Headtorch

I have said in previous reviews that there has been something of a shift in the standard of torches for outdoor users in recent years. It’s been driven by two things: LED bulb advances and...

Berghaus Velum 4th May 2012 Berghaus Velum Jacket

Review UPDATE - April 24th 2013: Berghaus Velum Jacket Review [Update – 1+ year on] by Steve Hodges I questioned how it might fair in terms of durability being a lighter weight fabric but...

fivacover 30th Apr 2012 Fiva by Gordon Stainforth

  I tend to avoid reviewing mountaineering and climbing books these days. I’ve read so many over the years that I struggle with them, even if they are well written, as they are essentially...

5 Plus 6 23rd Apr 2012 5 Plus 6 - Fontainebleau Guide by Bart Van Raaij

A few years ago I wrote a glowing review for a new guidebook to the boulders of Fontainebleau. It was a work of art and a labour of love all rolled into one, and the fruits of a talented and...

Llanberis Slate Ground Up 19th Apr 2012 Llanberis Slate by Ground Up Productions

Ground Up are a North Wales based company who produce North Wales guide books. As such they know their stuff. They also clearly knew that the slate quarries were desperately in need of a new, and...

North-Wales-Classics 17th Apr 2012 North Wales Classics by Jack Geldard - Rockfax

What a nice idea. A small pocket sized guidebook to the best routes in Snowdonia. It’s something portable that you can carry on a route with you. It’s a selected guide so saves you the expense...

the north face patrol glove heason events 4th Apr 2012 The North Face Patrol Glove

So The North Face have come up with a ‘new way’ of sizing gloves according to this video. Sounds reasonable and sensible to make sure that sizes are consistent across their range, but I have a...

23rd Nov 2011 France Cote d?Azur by Chris Craggs ? Rockfax

Chris Craggs has been writing guidebooks, many for Rockfax, for a long time now, mainly to interesting foreign destinations so it should come as no surprise that he’s found another. Well, when I...

22nd Nov 2011 France Languedoc-Roussillon by Adrian Berry ? Rockfax

Last summer we went to the Ardeche with some friends for a family camping holiday. It was pre-school age for the kids so we went in September and were blown away by the area. It was stunning....

The North Face Super Sephyrus Hoodie 20th Oct 2011 The North Face Super Zephyrus Hoodie

This is the second hoodie of this ilk that I’ve owned and instantly became my favourite. First off, it fits perfectly. I’m 6 foot 5 and am fairly used to sleeves that ride up my forearms when...

4th Oct 2011 Cold Wars Andy Kirkpatrick

I finished Cold Wars last night at 11.30. It was a thoroughly good book Im somewhat surprised to say. I read Psychovertical (his first book) and was a little disappointed. Ive seen Andy on stage...

font a bloc vol1 20th Sep 2011 Font A Bloc - Jacky Godoffe

Yet another guide to Font you groan? Well bear with me for just a minute as this one’s not half bad and offers a slightly different approach. First of all let’s get the cover photo out of the...

lundycover 8th Sep 2011 Climbing On Lundy - Climbers Club

Having climbed on the magical Isle of Lundy, in the Bristol Channel, three times before (in 1993, 1994 and 2003) I was excited about a my fourth trip with a group of friends in August this year....

west-country-climbs-cover 7th Sep 2011 West Country Climbs - Rockfax

 Published in July 2010 West Country Climbs has to be a contender for Rockfax’s biggest guidebook to date (425 pages). I remember when I worked at the BMC, realising just how big an area the...

Scarpa Force 2nd Sep 2011 Scarpa Force Velcro Rock Shoe

It’s been a while since I climbed in Scarpas. The last pair I had were a pair of very stiff lace-ups suited to hard, steep sport climbing which I don’t do much of so I guess I’d gone off the...

Grigri 2 23rd Aug 2011 Petzl Grigri 2 Belay Device

Over the past decade or so the original Petzl Grigri has arguably been the most popular belay device for sport climbers throughout the world. But, whilst the rest of the climbing manufacturing...

lofoten 22nd Jul 2011 Lofoten Rock ? Rockfax

Quite some time ago my Dad bought me a guidebook which had piqued his interest. It was Ed Websters celebrated guide to ‘Climbing in the Magic Isles’. The Magic Isles being the Lofoten Islands...

Peak District Bouldering 21st Jul 2011 Guidebook: Peak District Bouldering

This is the first of a series of guidebook reviews to come over the next few weeks.   Peak District Bouldering is the second edition of the popular Vertebrate Publishing Guide. VP are based in...

the-north-face-plasma-thermal-ja-16436-f 31st May 2011 The North Face Plasma Thermal Jacket

For years I thought that down jackets were the only way to keep warm when out and about. Problem was, unless you forked out a lot of money for a decent jacket with a waterproof shell, you'd never...

yorkshire-grit-bouldering 19th May 2011 Yorkshire Gritstone Bouldering Vol 1 & 2

The first of these books to land on my desk was Vol 2. I was a little surprised to see so many crags I'd never even heard of, with so many classics omitted. Fortunately I spotted the 'Vol 2' and...

Troll Wall 16th May 2011 Troll Wall - Tony Howard

Last week my Dad found an old diary of his, written aged 14 (in 1954) detailing a solo cycle trip from Nottingham to North Wales. He typed it up and sent it to me to read. I was so impressed that...

TNF Vindicator GTX 25th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes - TNF Vindicators GTX

Another well engineered shoe from The North Face range, this extremely robust shoe feels like it should last several years of use and abuse. It isn’t super lightweight but, for its weight, it...

Mallorca11-cover 22nd Mar 2011 Guidebook: Mallorca Rockfax

Mallorca is probably the foreign climbing destination I have been to most. Actually, that accolade has to go to Fontainebleau, but Font is so familiar now that it almost doesn't feel like a...

Ireland bouldering Guide Cover 18th Mar 2011 Guidebook: Bouldering In Ireland

What a lovely guidebook! Can't really fault it. Personally I'm not a big fan of the landscape format, but I appreciate that it lends itself better to pictures, and at the end of the day, one of my...

Scarpa Voretex GTX 14th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes: Scarpa Vortex GTX

Retailing at £99.99 these are the priciest approach shoes I've tried to date. My last pair of Scarpa's were the trusty Zen's, reviewed nearly 2 years ago. Given that these shoes are still on my...