Hueco and Hollywood: Worlds Apart?Text & photos by Pete Takeda
I spent three weeks bouldering in Hueco Tanks over the holidays. Hueco needs neither introduction nor explanation. It’s regarded by those in-the-know as the best place to boulder in the States once the snow falls. It's got this spiritual vibe too, one that the Native Americans and today's climbers seemed to have tapped into. My visit was like spending time with an old friend. I'd spent my time there in the pre-crashpad days.
The Khumbu Climbing SchoolText & photos by Caroline George
In late January, Adam and I traded our skis for our huge duffle bags, full of ice climbing gear and warm down parkas, to go volunteer at the Khumbu Climbing School, teaching Sherpas how to be safe in the mountains. My friend, Amy Bullard - who was the 2009 director of KCS - had been raving about KCS and offered a few times for me to come along.
10mila in Skane- as a spectator
This year's 10mila was held in south Sweden, somewhat special
because otherwise it has always been around Stockholm. But Skåne
offered a great event with good organisation, nice terrain and
spring-feeling during the day (in the night the temperature fell down
Link - ups: do they count for much?
Not really, but does anything in our sport really make sense? We look for the hardest way up the wall, then try and find the easiest way up it! Link-ups are fun for training, though often make two OK routes into one really good one.
Wet or What!
Weak go home
Reaching the new 'super crag' above the Spanish town of Oliana the first thing you see is a huge tufa, like a fat drainpipe of poured grey concrete stretching down from the summit. Automatically you see the weakness, finding the link between the ground and the top. You want to get up this cliff and this is the way!
News - Premier UK bouldering venue perfect for power endurance training.
Which is a relief as getting outside has been tough this year with constant rain from June onwards. Any route fitness I’d gained drained away even faster than my enthusiasm. The news of a training venue for route climbers comes as a bitter blow for the boulderers who have enjoyed pure power problems for a while and don’t see the point in getting pumped.