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Dolomites ice climbing: Val Lasties Solo per un altro Hashtag integritas In Val Lasties, Sella, Dolomites, Santiago Padrós and Diego Toigo have repeated the icefall Solo per un altro Hashtag avoiding the first mixed pitch. This is perhaps the first time that this pearl of the Dolomites has been climbed entirely on ice.

Escaping Tunnel Vision: How to Fight Climbing Blinders Fear, uncertainty, or pressure can often cause tunnel vision, preventing you from climbing your best.

1972 February - Avalanche on Lancet Edge of Sgor Iutharn From the classic Mountain Scrambles in Scotland by Andrew Dempster. "The narrow rocky ridge gains its star from the grand position it occupies in wild and remote country, rather than the quality of the actual scrambling. With a good snow covering in winter it takes on an Alpine feel".

FRI NIGHT VID: The Nate Draughn Redemption Story Our Friday Night Video this week is an honest and emotional account of a climber's journey through addiction. 'The Nate Draughn Redemption Story' chronicles one climber's journey through life's…

There is plenty of snow! Well there is no shortage of snow in the Alps at the moment, it has been chucking it down here for the last couple of days and it looks like Scotland is getting the same treatment with Glencoe Ski Centre opening for business tomorrow.

Competitions 2020: the way forward After a 12-month review process led by Rab Carrington, the BMC's Competitions Working Group reported its findings last month and the BMC Board and National Council have now agreed a way forward for competition climbing and the performance pathway ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Plas y Brenin: exclusive BMC member discounts We've been working on some special offers for BMC members with our partners at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre. Keep reading to discover how to access discounted skills courses for yourself or get a great deal when you take your club to Plas y Brenin.

Pull-ups, Push-ups, And Sit-ups FTW His regimen on training days is almost absurdly simple: essentially, it's just a fuck-stack of pull-ups, push-ups, and sit-ups. In other words, tried-and-true bodyweight exercises that will build strength. He says he doesn't hangboard. His finger strength derives more or less from climbing on the Moonboard and bouldering.

Unesco Includes Alpine Mountaineering as Immaterial Cultural Heritage Mountaineering and climbing in the Alps is officially intangible cultural heritage. Unesco has approved an application from three Alpine countries. Alpinism is not the first sport to make it onto the list.

Today the Avalanche forecast starts. Well worth a look. We are so lucky to have a public funded Scottish Avalanche Information Service. It's free to use and is a great asset. Every day from today the Avalanche recorders go out to six areas selected and produce their reports. These reports will give you a good idea of what is going on in these areas.

REVIEW: Black Diamond Camalot C4 Having used the previous generation C4s for the last seven years, I think all these changes add up to a noticeable step forward. All the materials that have been used in the construction of the C4 feel solid, and have held up well to rough use so far.

Deal of the Week: Stay Warm All Winter Save on insulated jackets, sleeping pads, beanies, and more, so you can climb as much as the weather allows this winter without losing your fingers and toes.

Top 2019 Tech Gifts for Climbing Your loved ones will actually want to bring this technology into the backcountry.

Crack climbing - Mastering the skills and techniques with Pete Whittaker Now, after making the first ascent of the stunning Millennium Arch in Canyonlands and repeating the likes of Cobra Crack in Squamish, Canada and Recovery Drink in Jøssingfjord, Norway, Whittaker has condensed all his experience into a unique crack climbing manual entitled Crack climbing - Mastering the skills.

10 Dec 1942 - The incredible tale of a Survivor from a plane crash high on Geal Charn near Beinn Alder. I have always loved the Beinn Alder area it means so much to me. It was a big testing ground for me in my life in the Mountains. It's remote has some superb mountains and I enjoyed some great days in this area. I survived a big Avalanche in 1972 on Lancet Edge with a party of 4 RAF Kinloss team members.

JOBS: General Manager - The Climbing Hangar Liverpool We're looking for an ambitious, high energy General Manager to lead our flagship Liverpool climbing centre as we take centre stage in one of the UK's fastest growing lifestyle sports.

First Youth Ski Mountaineering Olympics Debuts in 2020 Bank in 2017, we announced the inclusion of ski mountaineering in the Winter Olympic Games. At the time, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board announced that they would be including ski mountaineering in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games - Lausanne.

Karoline Sinnhuber highballs hard in Austria's Zillertal Austrian climber Karoline Sinnhuber has climbed Knockin' on heavens door, an 8A+ highball boulder problem in the Zillertal.

Win your choice of a Berghaus Ramche Mtn Reflect or Ronnas Reflect Berghaus has an extensive range of insulated clothing lined up for winter adventures in the mountains. At the heart of the range are jackets that feature water resistant Hydrodown, with a PFC-free Nikwax DWR treatment, allowing the down to continue performing for at least 16 hours even when it gets wet.

International Olympic Committee launches Mountain Protection Group The International Olympic Committee has announced the launch of The Mountain Summit, a group of sporting organisations linked to mountain activities who are committed to protecting the mountain environment. The project will be run in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme and its Mountain Heroes campaign.

The Top 5 Rules for Effective Goal-Setting Jonathan Siegrist shares five simple ways to avoid plateaus while tracking your goals and encouraging steady progress.

BMC office: Christmas and New Year closure The BMC office closes for Christmas and New Year at 12.30pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and will reopen at 9.00am on Thursday 2 January 2020. For information about BMC Travel Insurance during the holiday period, read on. Members looking to get BMC Travel Insurance for a last-minute getaway can do this online when the office is closed.

Summit Roundtable Podcast: Remembering Brad Gobright, Nose Ascents, Olympic Updates, and More The Climbing Staff discusses recent climbing news. Plus, we share our recent highlights, and play a game of Guess That Gram.

International Mountain Day. Thanks for the memories. Today is the International Mountain Day. I have loved mountains all my life. I was lucky to be introduced to mountains at an early age. My Mum and Dad loved the hills and taught me to love them as well, thanks. I was also lucky to join the RAF Mountain Rescue Team and get out most weekends.

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