Series: Factor Two

Factor Two is a climbing podcast with impact.

El Capitan – a film by Fred Padula – Fred Padula and Richard McCracken

In the spring of 1968 San Francisco film maker, Fred Padula, drove into the Yosemite Valley and gazed up at El Capitan. He had been approached by one of his film students, Glen Denny, a talented climber and photographer, to advise on making a film…

Hard Grit – Niall Grimes, Seb Grieve and Rich Heap

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. In an era before everyone had a smartphone, before digital photography was even…

A Play for Voices – Helen Mort and Anna Fleming

When you look at the books on a shelf of mountaineering literature one thing is quickly apparent: the vast majority are written by men. The same is true with the episodes I’ve produced for Factor Two. The simple fact is that there have historically…

Brave New World – Tom Livingstone and Twid Turner

It’s hard to be truly disconnected these days. Even in the weirdness of isolation over the past few months many of us have been working from home, constantly bothered by the connections around us. Sometimes it’s just a little too much. I’ve…

Deep Play – Neil Gresham and Dr Rebecca Williams

“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? After speaking with Hazel Findlay about maintaining the bubble of a…

Walking the Magic Line – Hazel Findlay and Dr Rebecca Williams

Flow is a concept that can divide in climbing. For Dave Thomas it was the joyous experience that removed him from other problems in life. For Mina Leslie-Wujastyk it was a performance tool. Mina told me that a lot of her understanding of flow had come…

The Moment You Doubt – Ben Bransby

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 it seemed obvious what was next. Patagonia has long been the most…

Freebird – Ben Bransby

After hearing from Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond about their legendary Yosemite season in 1998 there was one obvious gap in our story – Ben Bransby. Before attempting Freerider with Patch, Ben had made an ascent of the Salathe Wall with Mark Reeves….

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