In may 2014 I made interview with Raphael Slawinski. Originally interview was in polish, but I translated this to english. You must be prepared, than in text will be some (MY) translation mistakes :-). Original text you will find here.
A Polish climber, alpinist and climbing instructor. Known for his multipitch ascents both in the big wall and alpine style. Born in 1975 in Poland. He’s been climbing for more than 22 years. A member of the Polish National Team in alpine climbing. From the very beginning he’s been inspired mostly by challenges such as opening new routes in the most inaccessible and vertical faces in the world.
Sometimes when you commit to a goal, you find that it pushes the boundaries of what you thought was possible. "Last year I set myself up with the idea that I wanted to be the first American woman to climb M11." Mountain Hardwear athlete Dawn Glanc is an ice climber and mixed climber from Ouray, Colorado. For Dawn, M11 is just the beginning. What's your M11?
For climbing trip to Canada I took the shoes The North Face Verto Extreme S6K. I was expecting to -15 / -25 ° C and hard ice/mixed climbing, where shoes with inner boots will be ideal. Life, however, somewhat verified to use them in the field and an exceptionally warm winter meant that the temperature hovered around -5 / 15 ° C. Fortunately, at the last moment I took TNF Verto S6K Glacier GTX (review here).
Climbing harnesses are essential for climbing. They're usually designed with minimal padding, the assumption being that you'll hang in your harness little if at all, so comfort can take a back seat to weight. Mountaineers expect to travel in snowy or wet conditions, to take bathroom breaks while still in the harness and to wear the harness over a variety of layers, including taking it on and off over boots and crampons. As a result, mountaineering harnesses are typically made of non-absorbent material, have detachable leg loops to facilitate bathroom breaks, and adjust sufficiently to accommodate a variety of layers.
Gregory "Greg" Child, born on 1957.04.12, Australian climber, mountaineer, author and film maker, who ascended Gasherbrum IV in 1986, K2 in 1990 and Everest in 1995. He has authored several books: "Thin Air: Encounters in the Himalayas", "Mixed Emotions: Mountaineering Writings of Greg Child", "Postcards from the Ledge", "Over the Edge" and "Climbing Free". In 1987, Child was honoured with the American Alpine Club’s Literacy Award for his prolific and insightful mountaineering literature. In 2011 Child was President of the Jury for the Piolets d'Or.
All climbing activities has a lot of special terms which are essential to understand this sport. Here you will find lot of climbing terms, mountaineering slang, glossary, dictionary and lot of information about climbing :-). There will be words from activities like: Rock Climbing, mulit-pitch climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, dry-tooling, ski-touring, trekking, alpine climbing, and high altitiude climbing.