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Interview with Renan Ozturk

Cheaptents.com have recently published an interview with Renan Ozturk, another of North Faces sponsored climbers. 

Renan has combined the two great passions of his life and become a very well accredited climber and artist in his own right.  He continues to push himself harder each time he takes to climbing a new face and only last year, Renan became one of the first people to rediscover ancient murals of Budha in the semi-autonomous zone of Mustang in Tibet, after a tip-off by a local sheep farmer. 

Read our excerpt from his recent interview with cheaptents.com

Interview with Daniel Woods

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Cheaptents.com have recently published an interview with Daniel Woods, one of North Faces sponsored climbers. 

Born in 1989, Daniel has had a resounding climbing career for someone so young.  Daniel has put his stamp on bouldering from a very young age - entering his first competition when he was just 8 years old!  Since then he has continued to test the capabilities of a climber on some of the toughest climbs around.  He takes great pride in testing his climbing abilities across both bouldering and sport climbing of which he his topping the scale of difficulty ratings in both sports

Mountain Navigation: Maps, Symbols and Scales

Mountaindays Navigation Articles

In the first part of our mountain navigation series, we start by reviewing the different map sources available to UK users including online, handheld, paper and computer based. 

We then go onto discuss the different scales used on the more popular maps used by UK hill walkers before reviewing the symbols used.

Mountain Navigation Series

Mountaindays Navigation Articles
We’re starting a series of articles about the art of mountain navigation written by Giles Thurston, a qualified International Mountain Leader. 

Through this series we will provide an introduction to navigating in a mountain environment including the use of the map, estimating distance travelled, using a compass and GPS devices

Interview with Andy Cave


Following the release of his latest book Thin White Line, we caught up with Andy Cave for a quick chat.

Thin White Line is the sequel to Learning to Breath, Andy Cave’s bestselling debut book which was joint winner of the Boardman Tasker Prize in 2005 and winner of the Adventure Travel Award at the Banff International Festival. 

Climbing Dictionary

Climbing is confusing enough without having to learn a whole new language, hopefully this dictionary will prove useful in translating some of the words and terms that you will hear or read. 

Taking you on a journey from A right through to Z, we try to cover off many of the terms you will hear while at the crag and maybe even a few that are new to you.  This isn’t by anyway an exhaustive list, so if you have a definition that you feel should be included, get in touch and we’ll add it to the list.

Climbing Calls

When you go to the crag you’ll hear a variety of phrases being shouted between partners. While some of them might be mild chit chat or abuse, others are actually used to let the partner know what the other has done or is about to do. These are climbing calls and are an important method of communication…

Snow, Ice & Alpine Grades Explained

For those that are new to the sport of climbing, the grading system can be confusing. As you travel abroad or branch out into other variations of the sport, the different grading systems used just add to the confusion. In this article I will try to shed some light on the different snow, ice and alpine grading systems used around the world, including a brief overview on how it works and comparisons of the different grades across the systems.

Bouldering Grades Explained

For those that are new to the sport of climbing, the grading system can be confusing. As you travel abroad or branch out into other variations of the sport, the different grading systems used just add to the confusion. In this article I will try to shed some light on the different bouldering grading systems used around the world, including a brief overview on how it works and comparisons of the different grades across the systems.

Rock Climbing Grades Explained

For those that are new to the sport of climbing, the grading system can be confusing. As you travel abroad or branch out into other variations of the sport, the different grading systems used just add to the confusion. In this article I will try to shed some light on the different rock climbing grading systems used around the world, including a brief overview on how it works and comparisons of the different grades across the systems.

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