Destination Spain

The now traditional yearly climbing trip (September 2016) saw Jeffrey, Stevo, Jacob and myself travel to the provinces of Huesca and Lleida, in Northern Spain, for a ten day climbing binge. As a holiday destination, Spain is truly amazing … History, culture, food, beaches, cities, plazas, mountains, gorges, festivals, traditions, sport, hospitality … the country simply has…

2017 – The Next Frontier

It’s the last few hours of 2016, so I thought i’d write a few lines while I’m still sober …. Personally, 2016 has been a fantastic year … this time last year I set myself four targets … to climb F8a, to reach 100 routes in the F7 grade, to climb in Thailand, and to climb in another…

* Climbing Shop *

In our continuous efforts to support the local climbing community, we have taken over the activities of a local Climbing Shop, and have the opportunity to offer BRAND NEW equipment (all with tags and in original packaging) at extremely reduced prices, with up to 50% DISCOUNT on a number of items. Equipment available includes, among others, Climbing Shoes, Harnesses,…

Made in Malta

Rock Climbing in Malta is a relatively new sport with the locals. It has been increasingly gaining in popularity over the past four or five years, and most Maltese climbers climb well into the 6th grade (French grading system), with a handful venturing into the low and mid 7th grade. However, two climbers are in a class…

New Crag – ‘Fearless Wall’

For the past 3/4 weeks I was busy developing a stretch of wall below Garden of Eden crag in Zurrieq. Although there were no existing routes on this wall (neither trad, nor sport), which is a rare thing here in Malta, I was not the first person to notice this wall had potential. Located between Wied Babu…

To ‘Beta’ or Not to ‘Beta’

“Yes, yes that hold …. no the other hold to your left … now your right foot has to go in that pocket that is next to your knee … yes that one. Good!! … now there is a positive hold for your right hand. Once you grab that, get up with your feet and…

Best Foothold Forward

A couple of weeks ago, Ivan Borg, journalist for the Sunday Circle lifestyle magazine, was kind enough to interview me, Stephen, Inigo and Jeffrey to gather our opinions and experiences on climbing. Sunday Circle is Malta’s leading and longest-standing lifestyle magazine, offering readers a mix of interviews and profiles, investigative reports, as well as a glimpse…

A little bit of Trad ….

Nowadays, Malta has become more of a sport climbing destination. However, in the older days Trad climbing ruled. When nuts, slings and cams were a climber’s best buddies (and probably most prized possession), a large number of trad routes where established in various crags around Malta and Gozo, ranging from Moderate grade up to E4 5c. A…

The Crux of the Equation …

Personally I don’t think that climbing is particularly dangerous, as long as you carry with you the right equipment, and know how to use it and what you are doing ……. and knowing what to do and how to use equipment is generally the crux of the equation!! Accidents generally happen due to a chain…

Goodbye 2015 – Hello 2016 ….

Happy New Year etc etc ….. hope you’ve all partied hard and ate your full 🙂 …. Looking back to 2015, personally, it was a great year …. My goal was to build on what I had achieved in 2014, and I set a target of climbing at least one 7c route in 2015. This was accomplished…