I’m Robin Van den Hende and I live in London, England. I’ve been rock climbing for over twenty years and mountain walking and scrambling for a while longer than that. This blog is to share what I have learned about climbing and for me to learn more from the people who make comments in reply to my posts.
This blog aims to provide useful information and comment on rock climbing, via ferrata and other mountaineering activities. It also aims do this in such a way that it helps people have fun when they climb and to climb safely.
Severe is the hardest UK trad grade that I can currently lead. I might well get better, and I hope I do, but I just want to have fun climbing and am happy if I have fun climbing routes at this level. This blog is about climbing at the grades Severe and below and having fun doing it.
I don’t believe that just because a rock climb is lower in the grading system that it is of less quality. What decides whether a climb is good is what the rock climber gets out of that route, particularly whether they have fun climbing it. The lower grade routes can be great fun as well as interesting and challenging. People start their climbing experiences on these routes. Even if they move on to harder things, but can still have a good day of climbing when they return to them. Equally, there are rock climbers who are just happy doing routes on the lower grades.
I hope you find this blog interesting.