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.
All three of us were hanging of the rocky outcrop. It was already afternoon and the team on the British route had been long gone since early morning. This was supposed to be a short break but neither of us moved. We looked at each other and the gaze was reflecting the same message: “it doesn’t look great!” No-one wanted to say a word or maybe neither of us wanted to say THE word.