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Climbing trip in Todgha Gorge, Morroco

Planning a climbing trip in Morocco? It sounds a bit eccentric in a country more famous for its medinas, souqs, couscous and Sahara desert, but appealing too since we are definitely getting off the beaten tracks while enjoying stunning scenery.

This idea came out a couple of month before, by discussing and getting some positive feedback from Ambers who went there before. Morocco is…


Added by Bruno on September 22, 2014 at 20:12 — 1 Comment

Vertigo: New route / 1st ascent in Tafraoute

Sunday March 23th (2014) I was with some friends climbing Ksar Rock in the Afantizar area, in Tafraoute, Morocco. It's an amazing climbing area with many crags (only trad! virtually nothing equipped, or very poorly).

Stefan Priem and me (Mike Bachman) climbed 'Grand Hotel' (starting on the east face), and observed a beautiful line.. it was nowhere to be found in the guidebooks, so we decided to climb it march 25th. It was great!

After checking with Steve from…


Added by Mike Bachman on April 3, 2014 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Climbing around Frankfurt - hard moves before the first bolt

Tired of the usual climbing spots around Amsterdam, we thought we'd try something new and head out to Germany for a weekend of uninterrupted fun on sparsely spaced bolts in the Rhein Main Gebiet region. 

We planned the trip quite a few months in advance but sadly even the most well crafted plans have their flaws. Between my moving the…


Added by Andreea Chelaru on September 30, 2013 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Climbing trip in Orpierre with Mirjam Verbeek

Since our very first outdoor climbing trip (with Ambers) in april 2012, we fell in love with the rocks. We decided to get more experience and do an outdoor course to learn outdoor techniques. Our choice is an outdoor climbing course with former multiple Dutch champion Mirjam Verbeek.…


Added by Carmen on October 23, 2012 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

The birth of a biner at the DMM factory tour

This year (2012) the UK Trad trip were lucky enough to find themselves in North Wales on a wet and windy afternoon with little to do - doubly lucky as we had been invited to take a look around the DMM factory where all the DMM hardware is designed, made and shipped from.…


Added by Daniel on August 26, 2012 at 16:24 — No Comments

Wiwanni 2010 - My perspective

I'd never imagined train travel to be so bloody civilised but it was. Jenka and myself left Amsterdam Centraal bang on time at 20.30 accompanied by a bottle of wine, some snacks, a deck of cards and an abundance of enthusiasm we passed a few hours savouring the wine while Jenka gave me a beating with a card game I swear she made up as we…


Added by Daniel on September 15, 2010 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

The sandstone pillars of Pfalz

The first time we went to Pfalz, it was just a quick stop-over on the way to the Vosges. We pulled into Bärenbrunnerhof late at night and crashed out, waking up to a farm nestled amongst sandstone crags. After accosting some more prepared people and photographing a page or two from a guidebook, we wandered up Klosterwand on Klosterfels - a nice multipitch overlooking the farmhouse. While a little more wanderery than we thought, and needing a little more gear to supplement the bolts than we… Continue

Added by Mark on April 14, 2010 at 21:32 — 1 Comment

Easter bunnies 2010

Once again, the Amber crowd hit the Belgium crags with high ambition.

The biggest climbing event (so far); twelve happy chappies in 3 cars headed south early friday morning with sun streaming through the windscreen.

I left with India, Sasha and Kieran a little later than the rest thanks to a very comfy bed and a minor detour through the center of Antwerp. We arrived at Durnal just after lunch to sunny skies and the rest of the gang… Continue

Added by Daniel on April 8, 2010 at 1:57 — 1 Comment

Secret plans,clever tricks & Beer Bandits

A second ascent of what is being described as the best Cascade climb in the UK

The recent cold spell had created some of the best ice climbing conditions for years. Just maybe time for a flying visit to somewhere not normally associated with cascade climbing.

Fine Line

5am in the morning a cup of coffee is shoved into my hand, where the hell am I, oh yes we are on Skye in search of a mythical coire with icefalls that like… Continue

Added by Guido on February 24, 2010 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Belgium January 2010

It all started on Friday, Mark, Jen, Maarten and Daniel headed south in the mobile home lovingly referred to as the Truck, leaving a frozen Amsterdam behind and heading to the barren wastes near Namur in Belgium.

After a quick stop off at the last McD's in Holland we soon arrived to the familiar sight of the refuge. A beer or 2 later Joost and Jeroen shuffled in grinning and happy to partake in a quick beer before bed.

The news that… Continue

Added by Daniel on January 20, 2010 at 23:13 — No Comments

Switzerland - Wiwanni - Pitch 2 - The climbing !

...having hiked to the hut in the early morning after a 9hour drive and only a few hours sleep we collapsed in a sweaty heap. Eventually we regained some composure and once again found the power of the spoken word and introduced ourselves to the hut organisers :-)

The hut is perched half way up the öugstchummuhorn on the col to Roti Chüle at 2500m, and is exactly what you'd expect from a mountain hut, warm and cosey on the inside commanding brilliant views of the surrounding… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 6, 2009 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

Switzerland - Wiwanni - Pitch 1 - Getting there !

By 4pm we were all together, car loaded and an expectency you could taste :)

With the destination loaded to the TomTom, we were expecting to arrive around 1am - boy how we were wrong.

As soon as we left the ring road we hit traffic, and bad traffic as what seemed like the entire Noord-Holland headed south and east desperate to escape the flat lands, we joined the throng and all the way down to Arnhem the jams continued.

By 9pm our arrival time was 3am -… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 6, 2009 at 2:12 — No Comments


Bonjour tout le monde, ca va? Bourgonge cést super, et je peux parle le francais super bon maintenant :-)

Needless to say it was a great Amber weekend.

Dasha, Jen, Mark, Paul and I headed off down to Bourgogne

with ...

1 new camera (results to follow),

2 Wobbly… Continue

Added by Daniel on May 25, 2009 at 20:00 — 5 Comments


Yea, it took me quite a while.. but finally I wrote it! This is a kind of continuation to Daniel‘s post „Yvoir and Hotton“ from the moment we split up and me together with Auste hitch hiked to Namur (the first car that stopped pretty soon was going there). As the weather was starting to clear we checked some maps and headed for Beez – this place was next to the railway and the name seemed to be familiar from some… Continue

Added by Vytautas on May 2, 2009 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Sweetness and light

Today Trey, Dasha and I headed out to the climbing paradise that is Spaarnwoude :-) Trey was a little late, but hey he's a yank so only to be expected (ie. 1941) ;-)

Though it was pretty dull (cloudy and a little foggy) is was actually pretty 'sweet' (whatever that means!)

It was fairly busy with teams already on the routes but Trey settled down to his warm up lead which he sent without fuss, this of couse took a certain amount of blind faith on his part as he's only met… Continue

Added by Daniel on April 4, 2009 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Dave Macloed and Yvoir

What a trip!

Friday - Lin, Celine, Mark and I hit the road at 4pm on the dot and didn't hit traffic till past Utrecht. We arrived 40mins early - just enough time to grab a pizza... mine had EGG on it ! Go figure.

The venue to see Dave was low key and we secured our seats right down the front. Dave's lecture was fascinating and inspiring, detailing his training and preparation for Echo Wall (you can see a pic of me buying it in my albums) - Echo Wall has to be one of the… Continue

Added by Daniel on March 22, 2009 at 0:00 — No Comments

in the wind and the rain we soldiered on...

Today Celine, Dasha and I went for a look see at Spaarnwoude.

Well I'd like to report that the sun blazed down and we had to strip off to shorts 'n' tee shirts, with palms a sweating we chalked up for some superb climbing.... however that would not be entirely true :-)

When we arrived it was raining slightly, and the drizzle continued most of the day - making it a little cold and slippery, but none the less we kitted up and did get to do a couple of nice routes before the… Continue

Added by Daniel on March 14, 2009 at 17:09 — No Comments

Durnal in a day...

Well it was an Alpine start in the Dam... 6am departure from Amsterdam which I grant is not a REAL alpine start, but this is not the REAL Alps, is it :-)

Picked up Lin and Kieran on route...

I was 280km to Durnal, we got a full tank of gas, half a thermos of tea, it was dark and we're wearing beanies...

The drive down, spirits were high and a variety of tunes fuelled by large amounts of antici..pation everyone eager to get there as soon as.

With just… Continue

Added by Daniel on March 8, 2009 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

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