• Montserrat – the holy heart of Catalan climbing

    January 27, 2017 Comments (0) Article, Features

    When I drove up to the car park at the col, the police had just opened the road after the night’s snowfall, but by the time the mist cleared enough to give me a view of the spires, it was gone. Even though I’d missed my chance to see the rare sight of Montserrat covered …

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  • Running all over the crag

    March 2, 2016 Comments (0) Thoughts

    With the cranking season almost upon us, Duncan Campbell gets CragBanter fired up again with his thought on local crags, Stanage, and.. errr… running:   Local crags, in many ways these are the most important. Driving an extra hour to that amazing place for the weekend is but a drop in the ocean, but driving

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  • Hauling rock with Wolfie in Todra

    November 20, 2015 Comments (0) Features

    “Which route you do?” “The big one, up there.” Ah, this is nice route,” the old man in a djellaba says. “Ten pitches, all 5, 5+.” A bit of banter is expected as you run the gauntlet of Berber market traders stationed along the narrow section of the Todra Gorge. Their stalls offering scarves and …

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  • Right Wall, Right Time?

    October 5, 2015 Comments (0) Features

    For this week’s guest treat, super-keen climber Duncan Campbell reflects on one of trad’s great rites of passage. We’ve all been there, if only in our dreams, but is it the right time? Pic by Rob Greenwood. I look up, try to relax my grip and shake the flash pump out of my forearms whilst I plan

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  • Choss Monkeys and Champions

    September 14, 2015 Comments (0) Thoughts

    Back from my holidays, perhaps more of which later. in the meantime, I’m going to cheekily fall back on another old blog of mine, about the joys of the Scottish Central Belt. It’s from 2011 and is called Choss Monkeys and Champions: The MC’s excited commentary made it hard to get psyched for a trad

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  • the best of all worlds

    September 4, 2015 Comments (0) Thoughts

    I’m off to Alicante tomorrow with a good bunch of mates, and you know what? I don’t much care that there’s lots of sport and trad. Blasphemy! I hear you shout. Worry not, I’ve not gone soft – yet – but I will do when I’m there. Soft and wrinkly in the briny sea, because …

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  • Tom Livingstone’s Great Summer

    August 28, 2015 Comments (0) Features

    Tom Livingstone is a 24-year old climber with a penchant for trad, winter and alpine – “the bigger and harder, the better”. Super-motivated and up for a fight (on the rock) and a party, he’s set out to live “the greatest summer” and is determined to “up my game, push my

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  • Are you local?

    August 26, 2015 Comments (0) Thoughts

    Getting home from work at about 6pm, a little invigorated from my cycle ride but still basically stupefied by the office, I ponder what to do. I could lie back with a cup of tea, or nip out and buy some beer. I could do some cooking, read my book. But the evening is young and I …

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  • Book Review: In Some lost Place

    August 24, 2015 Comments (0) Review

    – Are you training for Everest? – No, obviously, otherwise I’d be trudging up a loose rubbish dump covered from head to toe in down and plastic, instead of clinging to an acutely overhanging boulder in nothing but a pair of shorts and a woolly hat! That’s what we ought to say, isn’t is.

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  • esoteric but fun: could the Souter provide some new DWS this summer?

    August 14, 2015 Comments (0) Features

    Among the more esoteric crags coming into season this weekend is the Souter sea stack and its surrounding fins, at Fastcastle on the southern Scottish coast. More reminiscent of the South West of England than its better-known counterparts in the north of Scotland, there are still good lines up for grabs in this

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  • Bernabe Fernandez has turned El Chorro into a multi-pitch mecca for all

    August 10, 2015 Comments (0) Features

    With the famous Caminito del Rey set to become a tourist trap, El Chorro is being re-invented as a winter destination for multi-pitch adventure thanks to the efforts of local wad Bernabe Fernandez. He talked to Cragbanter about bolting 1,000-foot routes in a day, Malaga’s little-known trad scene, and easing down

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