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Factor Two

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Factor Two is a climbing podcast with impact, brought to you by Wil Treasure and brings you the best climbing stories straight from the people at their heart - and the best climbing stories are always about a little bit more than just climbing.

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February 22nd, 2024


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Birth Pains of New Nations - Pete Oxley

August 12th, 2021


The whims and motivations of climbers really are another world to the person in the street. Understanding them is crossing a threshold, it requires a …

Hateja - Louise Thomas and Glenda Huxter

June 24th, 2021

If you had to select your late 90s dream team for a British, all-female Himalayan big wall trip, you couldn’t go far wrong with this one.

Glenda …

Finding the Balance - Katherine Schirrmacher

March 23rd, 2021


We all get enjoyment from climbing for different reasons. For many of us those reasons change over time, according to our geography, time, money and other pressures in our lives.

I’ve read Katherine Schirrmacher’s blog …

El Capitan - a film by Fred Padula

December 10th, 2020


In the spring of 1968 San Francisco film maker, Fred Padula, drove into the Yosemite Valley and gazed up at El Capitan. He had been approached by one …

Hard Grit - Rich Heap, Niall Grimes and Seb Grieve

October 28th, 2020


When it was released in 1998, Hard Grit gave us an insight into something we didn’t often see - the actual ascents of the hardest, most dangerous lines on grit.

In an era before everyone had a smartphone, before digital …

A Play for Voices - Helen Mort and Anna Fleming

September 16th, 2020


When you look at the books on a shelf of mountaineering literature one thing is quickly apparent: the vast majority are written by men.

The same is true with the episodes I’ve produced for Factor Two. The simple fact is …

Brave New World - Tom Livingstone and Twid Turner

August 6th, 2020


It’s hard to be truly disconnected these days.

Even in the weirdness of isolation over the past few months many of us have been working from home, …

Deep Play - Neil Gresham and Dr Rebecca Williams

July 7th, 2020


"I climb better when I'm scared."

I've heard this quite a few times. I even thought it was true about myself for a while in my earlier climbing career, but it surely can't be true?

After speaking with Hazel Findlay …

Walking the Magic Line - Hazel Findlay and Dr Rebecca Williams

May 27th, 2020


Flow is a concept that can divide in climbing. For Dave Thomas it was the joyous experience that removed him from other problems in life. For Mina …

The Moment You Doubt - Ben Bransby

April 14th, 2020


Many of the stories in Factor Two feature the same scenario - What next? You always imagine ticking the big goal might be enough, but it rarely is.

For Ben Bransby and Jvan Tresch it seemed obvious what was next. …

Freebird - Ben Bransby

April 6th, 2020


After hearing from Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond about their legendary Yosemite season in 1998 there was one obvious gap in our story - Ben Bransby.

Living in the Shadows - Franco Cookson

March 3rd, 2020


Internet forums wouldn’t be the same without their villains and heroes, would they? Franco Cookson appeared on the UKC forums back in February 2008. …

No More Heroes? - Patch Hammond

September 11th, 2019


Patch Hammond has remained a bit of an enigma in the climbing world. If you flick through the magazines from the late 1990s you’ll see a scruffy youth with an impressive climbing CV – onsighting E6 and E7 in North Wales …

No More Worlds - Leo Houlding

May 24th, 2019


Back in 1998 Leo Houlding and Patch Hammond achieved something almost unthinkable – a near onsight ascent of El Capitan.

They were just 18, had no …

On and Off - A headpointing story

January 30th, 2019


Prompted by Franco Cookson’s article on headpointing recently I thought I’d dig out this interview I recorded in November 2017 with Tim Lowe.

Tim is a climber from Yorkshire with an enviable ticklist of routes, …

Clouds Come and Go

January 22nd, 2019


In the last two episodes we looked at aspects of flow, whether seeking the euphoria as an escape or chasing it as a performance tool. But there’s an …

Me and My Shadow - Mina Leslie-Wujastyk

December 17th, 2018


Mina Leslie-Wujastyk has already established herself as one of the best sport climbers in the country, with redpoints up to 8c.

For the past few seasons she has been attempting Rainshadow, Steve McClure’s iconic 9a at …

More Than a Dream - Dave Thomas

November 6th, 2018


The young Dave Thomas was motivated by one thing above all others – soloing. In his own words he’s “Never climbed a hard route”, but anyone looking …

Sally Can Wait

February 5th, 2018


There's something both romantic and illogical about taking the ultimate risk in climbing; leaving the rope behind and going solo. Justifying that is …

The Black Dog

January 1st, 2018


Katy Forrester is a former member of the British bouldering and ice climbing teams. She's a fell runner and an accomplished trad and sport climber, …

Alone - Off the Wall

December 11th, 2017


In part one of this story we saw how Duncan Critchley's quick judgment of his partner for The Nose resulted in a piece of big wall history. Despite …

Nine and a Half Hours

December 4th, 2017


The Nose on El Capitan is perhaps the most iconic rock climb on the planet. Its been big news even outside of the climbing world since its first ascent by a team led by Warren Harding in 1958. The crowds in El Cap …

Becoming the Master - Jerry Moffatt and James McHaffie

November 6th, 2017


Every generation of climbers looks to improve on the performances of the last. The saga of the Great Wall on Clogwyn Du'r Arddu provides one of the best examples of this in British climbing.The climbers looked to …


October 15th, 2017


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