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Christmas gifts for climbers.

Climbing gifts for Christmas Speaking as a climber, there is very little I want for Christmas. Everything I need, I get. Everything I want is very specific and usually expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate gifts! But when the ‘Big name Outdoor store’ sells your family member an ice screw and you are a…
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Bea’s and Oriol’s cosy caravan (Tarragona)

Bea’s and Oriol’s cosy caravan (Tarragona) Normally, our climbing trips take place in areas we can easily drive to in our trusty van, Rocher.  This means accommodation is sorted! For our most recent trip to Spain, we decided to fly (£20 return flights!). Spain is full of refuges, hostels and campsites but we decided to…
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Finale Ligure

 Finale Ligure While on my European road trip, I (Tom) was holed up in my van in the Italian Alps while torrential rain put an end to my hopes of climbing on the stunning Alpine granite and gneiss crags of the Aosta Valley. I needed to move on and in the midst of the cold…
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Rab Kinder Smock Review

Rab Kinder Smock Review   When I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing the re-born Rab Kinder Smock, I was more than keen! Rab have been making quality clothing for nearly 40 years and all of my climbing buddies swear by their down jackets. The jacket got dropped off in its medium…
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Portland Heights Boulders

Portland Heights Boulders Here at After The Send we are all about climbing whether it’s trying to smash out a new grade, climbing a classic or just trying something new. We had heard these boulders a little while back and with a spare afternoon in hand, we decided to go and have a look. We weren’t the first…
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Is it worth the drive?

Is it worth the drive? 2 hours North West of where we live in Dorset you enter the wonderful world of Wales. We spent a night and a day sport climbing in a sandstone quarry in South Wales and then hopped back in the car to drive for another 5 and a half hours north,…
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A cure for smelly feet!

Boot Bananas This must be one of the biggest problems for climbers! It’s not finger strength or pump or even fitting into a tiny pair of shoes… it’s all about taking those shoes off and hoping the smell doesn’t offend too many people. My shoes have been known to vacate a boulder room, clear a…
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3rd Rock

For a while now, we here at After the Send have been big fans of 3rd Rock clothing. We first discovered them a few years ago and our obsession has grown from there, infecting the rest of the After the Send crew. 3rd Rock website The 3rd Rock message is ‘our planet, our playground’; meaning…
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Dorset Bolt Fund

Dorset Bolt Fund Click this link to donate to the Dorset Bolt Fund. Portland’s climbing history started in 1967 when Reverend Bob Stepton recorded the first routes- loose trad lines. The first 20 years of Portland climbing history were recorded to be climbed on horrible, stainless steel pegs accompanied by massive run outs. It wasn’t…
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Pongoose

Pongoose Here at After The Send we love to highlight some of the best new climbing companies. That’s why we are so excited to add Pongoose to our Friends of the Send! We first heard of Pongoose last year when there were whispers in our climbing community about someone designing a new clipping device. The…
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3 stars at Church Rock, Lulworth

3 star problems at Church Rock. The weather is terrible and the crags are wet. It’s time to take a look at some videos and work out the next crag for you! Church Rock is full of 3 star problems with beautiful backdrops, it’s well worth the visit! Music by The Blackbyrds Climbers Sam Parsons and Drew Mulcahy…
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One from Albarracin!

One from Albarracin! This is just a short video of Trystan Lowe on an incredible f7b in Albarracin, Spain called ‘Saltimbanqui’. For whatever reason, I thought it would be a good idea to have some old school music and with that, it only felt right to make it back and white. Let me know what…
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