JCPC 034 Molly Thompson-Smith

Buenos Dias muchachas, welcome to Jam Crack Podcast. This sweek we have one of the young stars of the British competition scene, Molly Thompson-Smith coming atcha both barrels. 

Molly takes you inside the game of comps and we get to see what climbing looks like to a nineteen-year-old London plastic puller. And loads more besides. 

So whacha waiting for? Lissen on the playa below, or get the hell on over iTunes this very instant.

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JCPC 032 John Allen

He's The Boss. 

The Boss. John Allen put up most of the best routes on gritstone. In the 1970s, as a teenager, he sizzled up most of grit's coolest lines and led the charge in what was later called the Gritstone Renaissance. Then in the 1980s he upped the technical standards of the day by styling what are today's prized ticks for any boulderer and high baller. 

Listen via the player below, or in iTunes.

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JCPC 031 Ruth Jenkins

She smashed it in the mid-90s, one of the first UK women to climb the magical 8a, when not that many women in the world did that. Then she pioneered 8a+ and 8b in the UK. Her ascent of Zeke the Freak, Ben Moon's 8b at Rubicon, was not bettered for many many years. Hear her crack on.

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JCPC 028 Maddy Cope

It's that time again, I'm afraid.

This week we have for you the life and times of Maddy Cope. With a free ascent of El Capitan via the notorious Freerider, sport redpoints up to 8b, Maddy is among the most accomplished all rounders in the land. Yet you don’t hear much about this young gun. Perhaps this young gun has a silencer fitted? Let's hear her story.

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JCPC 024 Andy Parkin

Badass alpinist cat, committed artist, lovely guy Andy Parkin lays it on the line this episode. Andy is an utter legend in the mountaineering world, setting standards, walking the walk and living a life of utmost commitment which shows itself most obviously in his mountaineering approach. It's virtually impossible to find out what Andy has done - how cool is that?

JCPC 021 Alex Megos

Wilkommen, Kameraden! This week Jam Crack Podcast goes all Euro as we corner the 23-year-old German master, Alex Megos. Alex first appeared on the screen as the forst cat ever to onsight 9a. Wow-wah! Since then he's gone on to crimp and crush the world over making as many friends as admirers, with a rootsy, mellow style and smiley little face.

JCPC 020 Ben Silvestre reads Helmet Boiler

Now then, this week we have a story story Jam Crackanory for you, courtesy of Sheffield-based climber / alpinist Ben Silvestre. A lot of people have been loving Ben's look at the darker attractions of climbing on his blog and in his features on UKClimbing. In this episode he shares a couple of fairly unflincing pieces about the lure of risk, in its darkest and most terminal guise. I'm sorry but I over-rambled at the start - flip on to about 20 minutes (!) for our feature presentation.

JCPC 019 Lucy Creamer

Now then, now then, now then. This week we have for the hearing purposes in your hairy ears to enter the words spoken loud by Lucy Creamer. Lucy is one of the best female climbers the UK has ever produced and dominated in on-sighting trad, headpointing, sport climbing on-sights, redpointing, competitions, and mixed ice climbing.

JCPC 017 John Redhead

This week - big time - we have John Redhead. Badass. John put up many of the hardest leads in the UK in the early-to-mid eighties, mostly hideously dangerous wall climbs and slabs. These included Gogarth's The Bells! The Bells! The Clown, Stroke of a Fiend, The Demons of Bosch and Flower of Evil. On Cloggy he added Tormented Ejaculation, Margins of the Mind, Aothentic Desire, Shaft of a Dead Man, Rite of Spring. These were all at the top level and most have had very few ascents over their thirty-odd year history.