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First ascents in the Val Ferrera

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.

22 March, 2017

Adirondack ice

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.

22 January, 2016

Alaska Success for Turner and Blakemore

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.

01 June, 2015

The Charlatan (IX 9) repeated

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.

25 January, 2015

Mixing it up on the Aiguille du Midi

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.

04 November, 2014

Grand Pilier d'Angle

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.

30 October, 2014

Katy Forrester: boulderer to ice climber

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.

04 April, 2014

Portuguese ice

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.

02 March, 2014

Crème de Violette (IX/9) by mistake

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.

11 February, 2014

A month in Patagonia

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

25 January, 2014

Southeast Face of South Tower of Paine

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.  

18 November, 2013

Bullock and Boswell tearing it up in Canada

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

18 November, 2013

"Ascent of the winter" for Bullock and Robertson

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.

14 March, 2013

Moroccan ice

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.

14 February, 2013

Switching axes in Canada

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.

18 March, 2012

Good times and big numbers

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.

31 January, 2012

Bullock F.A. VIII/10 on the Ben

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.

17 December, 2011

Three North Faces

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.

21 November, 2011

Godzilla (IX,8) - A monster outing

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.

16 March, 2011