This brand new technical crampon from Cassin is at the cutting edge of ice climbing technology. The Crampon is compact, light and super strong while the convertible front points offer ‘Ice’ and ‘Alpine’ configurations. An innovative hex-key system allows rapid point change, even with the crampon fixed to the boot!

The combination of 2.75mm NiCriMo Steel on the front section with 1.8mm SandvixNanoflex to the rear offers lateral rigidity combined with longitudinal flexibility andgives unprecedented control and point penetration.


The Blade Runner is available from mid October at a cost £250.




The new Trangoworld Crash Pad has just arrived in the country! It is a huge, hinged pad which uses air cushion technology as part of its impact protection mechanism. This is achieved through air dispelling chambers sandwiched between two layers (landing zone and ground side) of thick hard cell foam.trangoworld crashpad

The Trangoworld Pad has metal 'unbreakable' buckles, multiple grab handles, well padded rucksack harness, and reinforced corners. As well as these standard features it also comes with a built in zip pouch, big enough for carrying a pair of rock shoes, a bouldering bucket and a few other essentials to the climbing area. This pouch is part of a large flap which holds the pad closed for transportation but cleverly folds over to keep the shoulder harness clean!  


  • Dimensions: 140x110x18cm
  • Weight: 9.5kg
  • Foam configuration: 2x 5cm hard cell sheets, 1x 6cm air section.
  • Padded rucksack harness
  • x4 Drag handles
  • x1 Suitcase handle
  • Metal 'unbreakable' buckles
  • Polymide 500D external fabric
  • Keprotec reinforced corners
  • Large zip pouch




Check out the product review by Greg Chapman on the Rock & Run site.


The Crash Pad is currently available at the following stores:

Rock & Run

The Epicentre

Needle Sports



For the 2011 season, Allcord revamped its climbing team/brand ambassadors to give a spread of climbers and disciplines. The new members’ climbing covers everything from expedition mountaineering through to bouldering. 


Simon Yates:

Well known mountaineer, Simon has been climbing all round the world for over 25 years. Simon has his own company Mountain Dream which runs climbing trips and expeditions to Chile, Greenland, Nepal and India to name a few! 


Andy Houseman:

Andy started climbing over 10 years ago on the gritstone outcrops of Yorkshire but soon found his true passion was for the mountains.  Since his first trip to the Alps in 2001 he has become a talented and experienced alpinist spending a number of winters living and working in Chamonix and making fast ascents of many classic north faces. Over the last few years he has completed a number of expeditions to the Greater Ranges, climbing new routes and making significant repeats in Alaska, Peru and Nepal.  In 2009 his ascent of the North face of Chang Himal in Nepal with Nick Bullock earned them a nomination for the 2010 Piolet d’Or, a prestigious annual award that celebrates the most significant alpine ascents of the year.

Andy is currently completing his training to become a fully qualified IFMGA mountain guide.

Check out Andy’s blog for more info on his latest trips.


 Guy Robertson:

Well known on the Scottish winter scene, Guy’s first ascent list is impressive to say the least! He is also accomplished on rock and in the big mountains. Check out Guy’s blog for more info on his latest activity. 


Ako Shillitoe:

Ako has been climbing for 9 years and has a passion for sport climbing – her favourite route is The Ashes 7C+ at Kilnsey, though she also loves bouldering and trad climbing too. Check out Ako’s blog for more info on her latest trips. 


Graeme Read:

With over 10 years of climbing under his harness, Graeme truly loves his rock climbing. Highlights include trad onsights of E5 and E7 new routes – this is his favourite type of climbing, though he does enjoy sport routes and bouldering too. Graeme recently featured in an article on UKC about his new routing in the lakes. 


Natasha Allcock:

Although still only 14 years old Natasha has been climbing for 8 years! Her passion drive is for the indoor competition circuit which requires a great deal of focus and commitment. 2010 was a great year where some of the highlights were a 1st in the BRYCS Midlands Girls 11-13yr and 6th in the National Final in Ratho Edinburgh, 2nd in the national leading ladder competition U16 ‘improver group’ (lead climbing event) at Leeds, 6th place at the National Team Selection in Ratho Edinburgh (July 2010) and 7th in the National Leading Championship also in Ratho Edinburgh (Oct 2010). Keep checking for highlights of Natasha’s comp results from this summer.


 Gemma Stevenson:

Gemma loves all types of climbing – trad, sport, bouldering and ice. Highlight trips include Lofoten Islands, Dolomites, Yosemite and Joshua Tree. Keep checking the news section for highlights of her latest trips.