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Charles Cole - founder of Five Ten - dies at 63 New York-born founder of Five Ten and inventor of Stealth rubber, Charles Cole, has died aged 63. A pioneer of the climbing shoe industry, Cole will be remembered for his stroke of genius and generous nature. Cole founded Five Ten with his parents, Mary and Charles Cole Jr, in California in 1985.
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Kachqiant climbed in Pakistan's Hindu Raj by Danny Schoch and Bas Visscher He stayed with us during the whole trip. In Nialthi we hired 30 porters and planned to stay about 3,5 weeks at our basecamp at 3600m. The beautiful and unclimbed Kachqiant was our main goal, but we wanted to explore other mountains as well. During acclimatisation trips we quickly figured the snow was very soft during the daytime.
OPINION: When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out? Judy Whiteside, Editor of Mountain Rescue Magazine, examines under what circumstances a team might refuse to attend a call on the hill. Judy has recently started blogging for Mountain Rescue England and Wales - see here. There was much kerfuffle in the media recently, when rescuers in Scotland refused to go to the aid of a man who called in 'wet'.
Win a pair of Boreal Satori This is your chance to win a pair of the brand new Boreal Satori rock shoes, featuring the ultra sticky Zenith Ultra rubber. Boreal Satori was developed as the ultimate bouldering shoe. Satori features outstanding sensitivity and optimized heel hooking ability to perform on the hardest problems.
Alpine Adventures Huw and I have been out in the Alps for the last week and a half, enjoying a bit of a boys holiday in Switzerland! Our aim was to go out and enjoy ourselves, to be those people that seem to know what they are doing and can stroll around doing things properly with a big smile on their faces.
Stefano Ghisolfi climbs to Chamonix at his feet During last Saturday's magical midsummer night in Chamonix Stefano Ghisolfi enchanted the huge crowd at the Place du Mont Blanc and, without hesitation and without a single mistake, climbed to victory in the second stage of the Lead World Cup 2018.
These Vintage Mountaineering Bags Are the Perfect Daypacks The '70s were a golden age for mountaineering brands and a period where many companies opened up shop throughout the Western US. While it was a time of experimentation and growth, a few gear designs became industry standards.
Flowchart: What to Train to Redpoint Your Project I developed the above flow chart, with suggestions, to show you an easily customizable path to redpointing your hardest. Most climbers have plenty of cardio capacity. However, if approaches wear you out, you might need basic conditioning—walking with a pack, hiking, or doing easy multi-pitch climbs.
Review: Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight & Watertight.5 The Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight.5 comes with everything you’ll need in most outdoor-sports emergencies: bandages of many sizes for cuts and scrapes, a blister kit to care for your feet, safety pins and tweezers to remove nasty ticks and persistent splinters, and an assortment of medications and wound-care products.
Mount Whitney, East Face The climb, on the highest peak in the U.S., and the first one on a really big wall in the Sierra Nevada, ushered in a new standard of competence for technical climbs in California.
PRODUCT NEWS: Arc'teryx Alpine Academy 2018 The seventh annual Arc'teryx Alpine Academy, which ran from Thursday the 5th to Sunday the 8th, drew to a close last week in Chamonix.
Ciao Monica I met you in 1989, our paths crossed as we made our way up to your hut: you scrambled ahead quickly, your son safely on shoulders. Our rucksacks on the other hand were laden with gear to climb Via Strobel: we ascended slowly and less gracefully.
Hard Boulders in Rocklands for Aidan Roberts Aidan Roberts has had a productive first week in Rocklands, SA, climbing several 8B's or above very quickly. The highlights include quick ascents of Power of One, Bloody Mary and Fred Nicole's Oliphant's Dawn, which he climbed on his 3rd attempt. On his fourth consecutive day climbing, Aidan wrote: "Today was my best day yet!
INTERVIEW: Mike Cheque at the Seaside - Filming on Britain's Coastal Cliffs Last week's Friday Night Video The Seaside featured some of the UK's best sea cliff climbing, produced by filmmaker Mike Cheque. Theo Moore interviews Mike about the process… Mike Cheque is a filmmaker and photographer based in Sheffield.
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"Who wants to live forever" Queen - Big Al - The Highlander ! Itunes.apple.com/gb/album / who-wants-to-live-forever/929239394.
Some Character - Born to live forever - Al MacLeod. If going to the Alps please ensure you have Insurance. I was asked for some guide books for the Alps yesterday and I mentioned Insurance to the young couple and gave them some advice of past ventures after about 20 trips to the Alps. Looking through some photos of a few pals and great memories come flooding back.
Peaches Preaches: Nothing Tastes Like Sending Feels In Jerry Moffatt’s autobiography, Revelations, he confesses that prior to his FA of Yosemite’s notorious V12 the Dominator, he barely ate for days, passing the time hiking the Yosemite Falls Trail. He attributes his send to his lighter weight. On Cosmic Debris, a 5.13b finger crack I’d been trying for years, I took a similar approach.
Family climbing day with Preston MC Join us for an outdoor climbing day, especially for families, in the North West of England. On Saturday 18 August Preston Mountaineering Club, in conjunction with the BMC, will be holding an open day event where we will introduce outdoor climbing to families who have dared to dream but don't know where to begin.
Quick Clips: Send Us Your Climbing Hacks, Win a Large DMM Dragon Cam Climbing Magazine is looking for reader-submitted mini-tips and “climber hacks” for our Quick Clips department: the best how-to, DIY tips for the gym, crags, mountains, and beyond. If you have an idea that you think fits and is 50-200 words long, send it along with any photos to [email protected] and we’ll give it a look.
Recap and Photo Gallery: IFSC Chamonix World Cup 2018-Lead and Speed Enjoy competition climbing? Check out our brand new Competition channel for livestreams, event summaries, training tips, profiles, and more. The Chamonix World Cup began like an extension of the preceding event in Villars, Switzerland.
247 - Sgurr na Stri and the Cuillin Mountains of Skye Despite having almost perfect weather on our May Scottish trip, our first foray onto Skye produced one of the wettest days of the month. After a day of rain we bailed out, with the option of diverting back there on the way back home - there were two good mountain days in the Cuillins planned, and I wasn't about to give up too quickly.
Great News Drone Assisted Rescue on Broad Peak. It was great to see that the Scottish climber Rick Allan was spotted by a drone after he had a problem descending from Broad Peak in the Himalayas. Broad Peak is the 12th highest mountain in the world at 8,047 metres above sea level. The literal translation of "Broad Peak" to Falchan Kangri is not used among the Balti people.
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