When I first started climbing I was teaching myself how to rock climb via a book titled How To Rock Climb! by John Long. I used that book to start out leading easy slab routes in Moab, Utah. Eventually, I made friends with local trad climbers and became obsessed with cracks of all sizes.
The first day of spring is long gone, and apart from the love seals, under the flowering trees, it means that the rock season is knocking on the door. And we ask, do you have the right rope for the rocks? Our long-time ambassador Cosmin Andron will help you with the selection. Cosmin has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of London, but you will probably be more interested of him being a certified IFMGA mountain leader:-).
Short approach, many pitches, interesting and challenging climbing. Personally when it came to climbing in NZ I had always hoped I could either climb or develop a true big wall style route.
Crack magician Tom Randall has been on the Tendon team since last year. During that time, we found out that he is not only a great climber, but also a precise and modest guy who will never say "No" to you. So it's no surprise that he agreed to an interview for our blog. Tom and I talked about his relationship with ice axes, industrial climbing, his functioning during the pandemic, and also about the career of a marathon runner, which he has been discreetly building.