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First outdoor session of 2017

First outdoor session of 2017

This past weekend we have GREAT weather so we went out bouldering to Stanage! We expected it to be heaving, being the first warmer weekend of the year but it actually wasn’t that bad. We even found parking in Hollin Bank car park. Bonkers. First my headed up to the Pebble area and warmed up on the easy problems on the back of The Business Boulder. These are always a nice set of climbs to try to remember how to…

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Onde de Choc

Onde de Choc

A quick video throw together some attempts on Onde de Choc at Apremont in Fontainebleau. Lorraine and I were pretty much not climbing this day, instead happy to sit in the sun and take lots of video and photos of Andy, Jim and Dan getting their beast on.

Oops.

Oops.

I seem to have entirely failed to keep my blog up to date. Ah well! I’m not going to recount all I’ve missed, that might take too long. Instead I’ll continue as I was going…. TARGETS! I’ve decided my targets for 09: 1) Lead a 7b. Ouch. I’ve managed a couple of 7a’s in the past year, and they’ve remained hard, but I’ve not been able to push harder than that. I really need to work on pushing through this…

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Some Videos

Some Videos

I’m off to my Wednesday climbing session in a mo, but I thought I’d pop up two more videos taken this weekend. First up is Jim completing the 7a I was talking about in my previous update He’s happy because, like me he’d been working on it for ages and knew that it was going this week as well! Next video is Jim attempting to climb a nasty 6c+ that I cannot do. I’m about a hand too short to…

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…but I have a note from my Mother

…but I have a note from my Mother

So, I probably should have gone climbing this morning. However, I have 3 really good reasons as to why not: On Friday I went as usual, but went bouldering instead. It’s been ages since I bouldered properly, and as a result I really _really_ ache. Diane (who came second in the uk womens championships!) was showing me how to do some of the routes on the overhanging wall which did most of the damage I think The above hard work…

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Late update, Cliffhanger and the British Bouldering Championships 2008

Late update, Cliffhanger and the British Bouldering Championships 2008

I’ve been bad and not updated for ages! Well, surprise surprise I’m still climbing :). I’m mostly still leading indoors as I still haven’t had the opportunity (or perhaps made the opportunity) to go outside and learn how to trad climb. Still, I’m not too concerned as I’m still really enjoying the indoor stuff. I’ve definitely cracked that blue 7a now, having replicated it twice more and I’m working on the other leopard spot 7a at the Foundry. I know…

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No, not this time!

No, not this time!

Really good work out on Sunday. Jim and I warmed up on some easy climbs and then really threw ourselves at the 7a we are working on. Again, it avoided us, but we are SOO close now. Jim has finally got his head around the crux move as seen in this video: The trick is to get your balance perfect as you match both hands onto a very poor finger tip hold. You can see at the start of that…

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Onward and upwards!

Onward and upwards!

Had a couple of sessions since last update. The most significant events which are: Finally completing a 6b+ lead up the main wall at the Foundry. I’m just not strong/fit enough to climb this wall well yet, so this is a real milestone for me Leading a 7a climb in the furnace at the Foundry in three pieces. It was an exercise in working it out, so there was 2 moments where I just sat on the rope to work…

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Airmiles.

Airmiles.

I certainly earned a few today. Normal Wednesday climbing session. We warmed up on a couple of 6a’s and did a competition 6a+. That climb was very odd. Lots and lots of holds, but all seeming as if the setter put up an easy climb and then on his way back down the wall, reversed all the holds! Then on to the previous 6b+ competition climb before having a go on the 7a again. After Jim was nearly halfway up…

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