Climbing stretches…

I’ve been meaning to get these images onto my blog for ages. Seven really useful stretching diagrams to give a good all round stretch, mainly for during and after climbing/bouldering, once the body is warmed up a bit.

(I honestly can’t remember where these are from but I will be more than happy to state a source if someone can let me know).



Another week, another bouldering session. Lots of photo potential in there.

Making progress again after the long lay off and shoulders starting to hurt! Love it.


It’s been a while…

Bouldering at the Warehouse – get ready for aching arms in roughly 24 hours time!

It’s been a while since the last time I went bouldering but was well worth it. New routes to try, the campus board to challenge (it won this time but i’ll be back!) and a nice pint with Mr SKP afterwards : )

The next target is getting on the top-rope and belay course so we can get into the main climbing area and hone the silky skills (??).


French traverse…

A successful but knackering session at the Warehouse, after a break of a few weeks.

A new route has been marked out which we tried out. Rated as ‘6b’ French traverse. Well, we got about 1/5 the way around (that’s being generous) and the hands gave up! Bloody hell, it looked easier than it was – the ‘any feet’ tag also lulled me into a false sense of security!

Generally good grips but the whole first section is on the incline which means you’re hanging the whole time. By the time you get near to the next section, the arms and hands were out.

Next time this is being done! : )


The eyes of Chamonix…

A really impressive photography / climbing video from Thomas Bevilacqua.


Bouldering – yellow route…

Some good bouldering last night at the Warehouse, but didn’t attempt the campus board this time!

There’s a particular route in the corner of the bouldering floor which has proved to be very challenging so far. It involves good yellow holds, but more than half of it is under the tricky overhang, which is sloped at something like 30 degrees. This means you have to hang from the holds for the first half of the route which in turn means the energy levels go right down by the time you reach the nearly vertical part.

So, there’s lots of emphasis on arms only and a fair bit of full-reaching for holds. I’ve managed this route a few times now but always after an attempt or two to warm up.

Mr SKP also got some good shots of the main boulder in the centre of the floor and I got some good textures and contrasts which give some nice depth. These are from the tunnel through the main boulder and it was the first time we attempted it. Some good holds but hanging the whole time. Past the middle of the tunnel there are really only finger holds plus a couple of slightly better ones. Good fun though!


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Climbing with the big boys…!

Another step forwards with the climbing… JMK, SKP and I met up for climbing and bouldering (image is JMK at the top of the main climbing area wall – first ever climb!)

We had a couple of climbs then went up to the bouldering area. It feels like a good progression to the main climbing area and more confidence. It’s amazing seeing the people in there and their techniques. The main walls are 13 metres high and the balcony walls are 8 metres high.

The last time I climbed I tried a grade 6, only using blue holds. These were well spaced and rounded, so it was difficult to get a solid grip. This time I tried another 6a on the far wall, with black grips. these were placed in two columns, about 1 metre apart. The holds were better to grip but smaller than the blues, with a lot more traversing across between the two columns. I got a bit stuck near the top but then managed to find a way out!

Some good bouldering from everyone and it’s feeling more comfortable each time, with less hand damage as well!


Bouldering & climbing grades…

I’ve been vaguely thinking about what on earth the whole bouldering and climbing rating system means for a while now. The time before last at the climbing centre, I had the first go at proper indoor climbing (with ropes) for the last 15 years and enjoyed it.

But, making any sense out of the various numbers shown on the cards for each route or climb was not easy. So, i’ve looked through various sites and i’m now even more confused than before!

The one ray of light in my dark corner of existence is this website, which takes a rather more humerous approach to the subject!

Seeing as i’ve only done half of a grade 6 climb so far (plus a few grade 5 ones), i’ll just have to do more then be able to compare the various different types and difficulties.

As a guide, 4 = easy, 6+ = not so easy. It works for me. I’m not even contemplating the scary yellow section of the image! That is probably reserved for people who put videos of their exploits on You Tube! *i’m just jealous!*


Gloscat tower demolition begins…

While at the climbing centre, I looked out of the back windows of the warehouse to see the Greyfriars site cleared and demolition work starting!

A great view of the progress made over the last 6 months over the site and what a job they have on their hands knocking that beast down!


Climbing World Championships 2011…

An excellent video of a dual between Thomas Tauporn and Adam Ondra! Sent to me by my climbing compatriot SKP.

Very quick guys indeed and amazing skills, particularly when it comes to hooking on the rope to each new stage!

Also, just found this You Tube video of some great Campus Board training ideas. I will be doing this tomorrow… well, let’s just say I will be trying this tomorrow!