Lake District legend Dave Birkett sits down with a beer, a guitar and a packet of crisps and talks climbing, music and rounding up sheep.
The second part of my Emma Twyford interview. So fab. We talk about Once Upon a Time in the Southwest, Indian Face, Free Solo, The Big Issue and Big Bang.
Emma Twyford is one of the UK's top climbers. Over the last year she has had an amazing run of achievements on top level sport and trad climbs. In this interview she chats with Niall Grimes about her journey on E8 and E9 trad climbs and 8c and 9a sport climbs.
We talk childhhod beginnings, school, Once Upon a Time in the Southwest (E9, Dyer's Lookout), Mind Control (8c, Olianna), Nightmayer (E8, Dinas Cromlech), not trying Indian Face (E9, Cloggy), The Big Issue (E9, Pembroke) and The Big Bang (9a, Pen Trwyn).
It's a long chat so I've split it in two. Part 2 to follow soon.
Poet and novelist Helen Mort reads some of her work based in the universe of climbing including extracts from her recently-published novel, Black Car Burning, Well good.
Niall Grimes reads his own story - a trip to one of the world's most ancient climbing areas turns decidedly hairy
Second instalment of Paul Dunlop chat yarning on about Germany, Elbesandstein, ghosts, being good at climbing, youth and travelling.
Paul is my oldest friend and the person I started climbing with. This is the first of two interviews. Some incredible stories in here. Then he had to catch a train.
The Olympics are a-coming. Eddie Fowke has been on the scene for years, photographing the action and watching from the sidelines. He knows what's happening; I didn't. Eddie explains the whole shit show to me. Tune in, and you'll learn a lot.
Chris Schulte, major US bouldering prospector and arête crusher, is one of the defining spirits of Jam Crack. You'll know his voice from great story episodes. Niall Grimes finally catches him in person over a couple of daytime pints in Sheffield's Broadfield pub.
Niall Grimes reads his own story about a trip to Kalymnos where he gets to hang out with some famous climbers: Ben Moon, Yuji Hirayama, Alex Megos, Jibe Tribout, Boone Speed, and some famous climbers he hadn't heard of before.
Top climber, top guy, Japan’s Yuji Hirayama has pushed many of climbing’s boundaries in his day. An early master of comps in the 1990s, first on-sight of 8c, The Nose speed record, and still climbing at a high level today. Hear his vibe.
Angus Kille reads his account of climbing Indian Face, the UK's first E9, and one of the most feared leads in the UK.