The whims and motivations of climbers really are another world to the person in the street. Understanding them is crossing a threshold, it requires a certain suspension of disbelief to start to see the...
If you had to select your late 90s dream team for a British, all-female Himalayan big wall trip, you couldn’t go far wrong with this one. Glenda Huxter was onsighting E7, Kath Pyke had...
I’ve read Katherine Schirrmacher’s blog for years, and she’s unusually good at expressing all of those little things that can affect your motivation or self belief. In this episode she talks about finding the balance
In the spring of 1968 a San Francisco filmmaker, Fred Padula, drove into the Yosemite Valley and gazed up at El Capitan. He was going to make a film about climbing The Nose. Fred wasn’t a climber, but that was the least of his problems in this saga.
When it was released in 1998, Hard Grit gave us an insight into something we didn’t often see – the actual ascents of the hardest, most dangerous lines on grit.
When you look at the books on a shelf of mountaineering literature one thing is quickly apparent: the vast majority are written by men. How does that influence the kind of stories we’re drawn to tell or read?
It’s hard to be truly disconnected these days. In this episode Tom Livingstone and Twid Turner describe two encounters with isolation in the mountains.
“I climb better when I’m scared.”
I’ve heard this quite a few times. I even thought it was true about myself for a while in my earlier climbing career, but it surely can’t be true?We explore fear in climbing with Neil Gresham and Dr Rebecca Williams.
Flow is a concept that can divide in climbing. Is it real, or is it a load of hippy nonsense? I talked to Hazel Findlay about how she uses it to enhance performance, and Dr Rebecca Williams about what the hell is going on when you experience it.
Many of the stories in Factor Two feature the same scenario – What next? You always imagine ticking the big goal might be enough, but it rarely is. For Ben Bransby and Jvan Tresch...