The objective of the expedition was to climb a new free-route on the Mirror Wall. A climb of such a scale & difficulty became a multi-week ‘Big-Wall style’ affair. The team lived on the wall in a hanging port-a-ledge camp for 14 days. As much as 400 kgs of equipment, food, fuel & water was hauled up by hand to enable the team to survive the harsh high-latitude conditions & operate at the high level of performance required to free-climb such a face.
In May 2016, Coldhouse headed out to the Wadi Rum in Jordan with Leo Houlding to capture footage for the 'Conquer the Uncharted' series for Sony Playstation. Working alongside a London based production company, Barcroft Media, Coldhouse provided the cinematography both on and off the wall, photography and aerials.
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When Leo Houlding set his sights on a solo climb up the 350-metre-tall Pillar of Wisdom in Wadi Rum, Jordan, he knew the risks.
Inspired by the death-defying antics of Nathan Drake, the everyman hero of critically acclaimed Uncharted 4, Leo set out to make this never-before completed feat a reality.
‘Conquer the Uncharted’ is a new series launched by PlayStation to mark the release of critically acclaimed action adventure game, ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’ – out now to purchase.
Find out more about ‘Conquer the Uncharted’: http://bit.ly/1WBy8Rz
Leo Houlding is about to embark on a month-long, unsupported, 1000 mile expedition snowkiting across the Greenland ice cap. Ahead of his first major expedition that doesn't involve climbing Leo ventured to Haugastol, Norway with expedition partner Bruce Corrie to put his snowkiting skills to the test.
In April 2016 Matt Pycroft jumped on a plane to Norway with Leo and Bruce in order to begin his own snowkite training, as well as to capture a little bit of action from the trip.
Find out more at community.berghaus.com
Taken from rab.equipment
In April last year, two Rab® athletes headed out to the Alps. Calum Muskett is no stranger to these parts of the world, having gained a reputation as one of the world's leading active alpine climbers, however for Emma Twyford, one of the UK's strongest female trad and sport climbers, this was a venture into the unknown.
This new venture into Alpine climbing is sure to broaden her experience and help Emma further progress the sport in the future. Although ultimately unsuccessful in their main objective, the Voie Petite (8A), Emma's appetite for the Alpine has been whetted.
Taken from mountainequipment.co.uk/making-time
Climbing matters. Sam makes the time, gets the hours in and continues to push his standard.
Sam has been Head of Design at Mountain Equipment for six years. His lifelong passion for climbing played a large part in his decision to steer his way from an international position back to the UK. Crucially, living and working on the Eastern edge of Manchester puts the iconic gritstone climbing and bouldering of the Peak District within range.
Simply getting out on the rock is not necessarily as simple as it sounds though, with a demanding day job and family life compressing personal climbing time into narrow windows of opportunity. But there is always a way. Some days begin with a pre-dawn start to fit in a session on a project, others finish with late night training on his board.
In the summer of 2014 Dave MacLeod set his sights on opening a hard new route on Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites. A bold objective for anyone at any time. For Dave though, this project brought with it some of the greatest challenges he has ever faced.
Over 4 weeks in the Dolomites, consistently bad weather left just a handful of days where it was possible to get on the wall at all. But these precious few chances to make progress were compounded by the backdrop of a much more personal challenge. A series of injury problems had left Dave unsure of not only his ability to climb the route, but also questioning his future as an elite climber.
Despite the clouds hanging over him, Dave persevered and by applying his trademark total commitment and was able to push beyond what seemed possible and go on to shatter his personal expectations.
Opposites attract. There isn't a more appropriate statement to describe the unlikely yet formidable climbing partnership that is Nick Bullock and Tim Neill. They met on the mountains of Scotland in winter, and despite walking their own paths in the mountaineering world they are both drawn inexorably back there each winter.
"The moment a route forms, I need to climb it," Kevin Mahoney says. "The moment my daughters wake up, I need to get up." Equally devoted to family life and the call of remote mountains, alpinist and Black Diamond Tech Rep Kevin Mahoney is a man of commitment. At home in the Northeast or on the sharp end in the Himalaya, Kevin truly knows what it is to #liveclimbrepeat. Read more at Black Diamond
Mountain Equipment wanted to showcase their new range of products for 2015, so they sent us out to Chamonix with some of their staff to put the gear through it's paces, We also captured Dave Macleod's on his new route on the Cima Ovest in the Italian Dolomites as well as following German climber, CharlotteGuild on her first ever British Sea Cliff adventure!