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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.

Adirondack ice

22 January, 2016

Nick Bullock is on a DMM tour of north-east USA ice-festivals. Starting in Adirondack he picked his way up Ice Storm (NEI 5+ M6) on his second day out.

Alaska Success for Turner and Blakemore

01 June, 2015

Mike ‘Twid’ Turner and Tim Blakemore have reported climbing a significant new line on North Triple Peak (2560 m) in the Kichatna Range, Alaska. The 800 metre No Country for Old Men (ED AI6) was climbed in a 24-hour push up and down the mountain.

The Charlatan (IX 9) repeated

25 January, 2015

Pete Harrison and Si Frost's new Clogwyn Du route The Charlatan (IX 9), didn't have to wait long for a second ascent. Dave Garry was given a day off work at DMM - advantage of working for a climbing company that understands you have to grab Welsh winter conditions when you can - and headed up to the crag with Dave Almond early on Friday morning.

Mixing it up on the Aiguille du Midi

04 November, 2014

Dave Garry and Dave Almond have recently climbed what they believe to be two new mixed lines on the south-east face of the Aiguille du Midi above the Cunningham Couloir. Although short, they are similar in character to the routes across the couloir on the north-west face.

Grand Pilier d'Angle

30 October, 2014

Lovely video by Keith Ball featuring his ascent of the Grand Pilier d'Angle (4243 m), on the south side of Mont Blanc, with Nick Bullock and Tim Neill this summer.

Katy Forrester: boulderer to ice climber

04 April, 2014

The pared down simplicity of bouldering is a world apart from winter climbing and not a transition that you'd imagine would be an easy one to make. But this past season, former GB bouldering squad member, Katy Forrester, swapped her crash pad for a pair of ice tools and crampons.

Portuguese ice

02 March, 2014

Drinking Port wine, surfing and deep water soloing may well be on your list of Portugese activities but ice climbing? Nah… they don't have ice climbing in Portugal or do they? Conditions can be fickle but Paulo Roxo proves that persistence pays dividends when it comes to Serra da Estrela winter climbing.

Crème de Violette (IX/9) by mistake

11 February, 2014

Nick Bullock reports that he has climbed his best route so far this winter… by mistake. In the process, Nick writes that himself and Tim Neill added two new pitches as a direct on the established climb Bruised Violet.

A month in Patagonia

25 January, 2014

Tim Neill and James McHaffie are back after a little over a month spent enjoying (?) the southern summer in Patagonia.

Southeast Face of South Tower of Paine

18 November, 2013

After successfully overcoming the big wall difficulties of the South Tower of Paine's unclimbed southeast face, a storm on the final day prevented British climbers Mike ‘Twid’ Turner, Jerry Gore, Calum Muskett and French cameraman Raphael Jochaud from standing on the summit, only 100 metres of easy climbing away.  

Bullock and Boswell tearing it up in Canada

18 November, 2013

If you haven't picked up on it yet, Nick Bullock and Greg Boswell are making quite an impression out in the Canadian Rockies.

"Ascent of the winter" for Bullock and Robertson

14 March, 2013

Described as "the ascent of the winter" by Simon Richardson, Nick Bullock's and Guy Robertson's first ascent of Nevermore (X,10) raises the bar for Scottish onsight winter climbing.

Moroccan ice

14 February, 2013

Morocco isn't exactly the first place that springs to mind when you think of ice-climbing but Mike 'Twid' Turner recently returned to the Toubkal massif with his axes for the second year running.

Switching axes in Canada

18 March, 2012

Nick Bullock and DMM's Rob Greenwood are out in the Canadian Rockies putting the new top-of-the-range Switch ice axe through its paces, on routes such as the sustained and impressive No Use in Crying (IV M7) from 2008. Product development is grounded in good research and design but you'll only know if you've got it right after extensive field-testing and feedback.

Good times and big numbers

31 January, 2012

Recently, we've had a few texts from Nick Bullock in Scotland with some double figure roman numerals in them, so we thought we'd find out what he's been up to over the last couple of weeks.

Bullock F.A. VIII/10 on the Ben

17 December, 2011

Following a reception for 'Adventurers and Explorers' with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh at the Palace, Nick Bullock headed up to Scotland and although "not warmed up yet" he's climbed a new VIII/10 on Ben Nevis.

Three North Faces

21 November, 2011

At the start of 2011, DMM's Sales Rep, Rob Greenwood, decided it was about time he got serious about the Alps. Despite his alpine experience being limited to a Jonathan Conville Memorial training course but with plenty of 'Scottish gnarl' under his belt, the 'Great North Faces' seemed like a good place to start.

Godzilla (IX,8) - A monster outing

16 March, 2011

Nick Bullock has finally got himself a blog that doesn't run out of bandwidth all the time and he's been having plenty of adventures to post about on it. His latest being a new mega-route with Pete Benson and Guy Robertson on one of Scotland's most fearsome winter cliffs, Beinn Bhan, Applecross.