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Tie in with DMM's new rope range

26 March, 2017

DMM's new dynamic rope range includes single and half ropes with optimised features to match their intended use, covering indoor, sport, trad and winter climbing.

Heart risks for climbers at altitude

23 March, 2017

A study that was part of an expedition to Dhaulagiri (8167m) last May, has shown that climbing above 4,000m can provoke abnormal heart rhythms in otherwise healthy mountaineers, with the abnormalities increasing with altitude.

First ascents in the Val Ferrera

22 March, 2017

Alex Luger and Hanno Schluge add two new winter routes to Switzerland's Val Ferrera: The Winners Lose it All Some Day (WI5 M6) and Piece of Mind (WI5+ M6). The latter in particular comes recommended.

Sport climbing in Thakhek, Laos

13 February, 2017

Previously Angus Kille had sent us a dispatch from Yangshuo but unusually chilly and damp weather meant it wasn't long before he was heading to Laos.

James McHaffie's Nightmare Inauguration (E8 6b)

23 January, 2017

On his return from a month sport climbing in Spain, McHaffie wasted no time in switching to adventurous trad mode, with the first ascent of Nightmare Inauguration (E8 6b), at Porth Dafarch South on Anglesey.

North Wales bouldering blitz by Robins

16 January, 2017

Ahead of the new North Wales Bouldering guidebook, Pete Robins has waged a prolific campaign of first ascents. Last week he added two grade 8’s to his already impressive tally of over a 100 new problems in the past two years alone.

Climbing in Yangshuo, China

21 December, 2016

Angus Kille (pronounced with a silent 'e') is currently taking a couple of months out from life in north Wales to climb in South East Asia. He began his tour with a visit to China's best-known sport climbing destination, Yangshuo, and shares his impressions.

Climbing for All Sheffield

08 December, 2016

The charity, Climbing for All Sheffield, was established this summer to provide the opportunity for people with disabilities to try climbing. Based at The Foundry indoor climbing wall, the activity has the benefits of improving strength, coordination and self-esteem.

DMM awarded Gold for Investors in People

28 October, 2016

DMM is proud to have attained the Investors in People (IIP) gold standard, joining the top seven percent of accredited organisations across the UK.

Stellar new Ogwen highball 8A/+

24 September, 2016

James McHaffie has climbed a striking highball arete, that is up there with the best of north Wales’ boulder problems. The Devil’s Blade (8A/+), is situated in a fine mountain setting, on an isolated block at the back of Cwm Idwal.

South Africa trad climbing renaissance

09 August, 2016

Earlier this year Pete Robins visited South Africa as part of the BMC/Mountain Club of South Africa trad climbing exchange. Having spent the last five years mainly sport climbing and bouldering it was a trad renaissance for Pete. In this long-read he shares his experience of the exchange and perspective on UK and South African trad climbing.

Andy Winterleitner climbs 9a

04 August, 2016

After repeated visits over three seasons to Gimmelwald in Switzerland, Andy Winterleitner climbs his first 9a with a redpoint of Jungfrau Marathon.

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