I was pretty happy at last new year, it was pre-yoga and pre-campervan. Both of which have had a huge effect on my life.
I’m now fairly solid in thev6c-7a range on indoor sport and I boulder and 6b+ with an odd foray up to 7a. I put up a solid e1 towards the end of the year on trad too.
This year I’m going to make it about self actualization and the outdoors. Already the van us getting us out more and we are going to explore with trips to scotland, Luxembourg, France and Belgium planned. I’m determined to get back to font and spend more time bouldering outdoors.
One of my main aims this year is to be less greedy especially around food, and sweet things, I would like to be more respectful of the planet and my body.
I am hoping to stay fit and will push forward with my yoga practice to improve my physical and mental health.
These are not measurable targets like last year but in think this reflects on the change in me over the last 12months.
Much love and good luck for 2018
Hi, it’s been awhile. I’ve been super busy and not with climbing so I didn’t want to bore you all. So I’m super unfit but I’m also this happy
Working every day, coming home and working on the van and supporting Nat with her business has been tiring but she’s successful and we built this…
It has a slightly big chimney
The climbing lab had the most epic Halloween party and introduced some new setting styles
And we just came back from Kendal mountain festival which was super exciting and well worth checking out their page here
I hope you’re all doing great. I’m only an average climber and an average guy but sometimes life is pretty awesome
At the start of this year I decided to get lean firstly to feel better but also to give me the best chance in Fontainebleau. Looking over the last 9 months it’s interesting to see the difference in my fitness between gym workouts and yoga
Start of the year when I was in the gym twice a week and climbing twice
Just before I stopped the gym and looking super awkward:
Definitely more time however….post yoga and no gym.
It’s kind of amazing that I’m not lifting anything except bodyweight and I’m way more toned, I’m stronger and fitter when I climb and I feel so much better about myself in generally.
I have Sam Fong Brooks to thanks. Sam teaches yoga all over Leeds, I run into him every Tuesday at the Climbing Lab however he has just opened his own studio Leeds Yoga, check it out here . I cannot recommend Sam’s teaching highly enough his classes are always fun, challenging and relaxed for beginners and experienced yogis.
This post comes about from my growing discomfort with my phone. I’ve stopped reading. This is odd for me as I’ve read since being a toddler and have a wall of books at home. My phone is addictive but that is for a different post. The impact this is having on myself and others however is what I want to consider. Humans are curious creatures and we thrive on boredom. Without boredom we never try new things, walk over that hill, pick up that stone. We now stumble round hunched over and engrossed in a small screen and have stopped noticing what is happening around us or even how we are changing.
Less and less we are trying to find out new things as we are never bored, we have never ending programmes on demand we are constantly contactable and if we don’t respond we receive negative reaction.
With being able to access everything at any time we are losing the desire to work at things. We live in a society where everything is delivered instantly.
I find it scary how this is impacting on me but more concerning with others. I regularly see people turn up at climbing or yoga for the first time wanting to do x or y that they’ve seen on Instagram. Or “can you take a picture for my Facebook”. There is no willingness to learn, recognition that they may not be good at these things initially or that skills take time to master. I often never see people return. But they went home with an action shot on Instagram, filtered and tweaked to show off, gain follower, get a positive feeling
I’m writing this on my phone and that annoys me a little. I need to work on putting it down.
Am I on my own with this?
Finally. It’s taken 20months of leading trad to climb my first ‘proper’ E1 yesterday. Not just a glorified 6m boulder route. It’s called Pinnacle Arete at Wharncliffe. You can check it here
The same day also top roped an E2 that I’m fairly certain I’d rather do over my boulder mat than with a rope on as I couldn’t find a placement on it.
And I spent my day with these two cracking people
O and find this little fellow while soloing. I nearly fell off!
It’s gritstone season, welcome to my backyard! If in the Sheffield area come say hi and share a nip of the strong stuff at a crag
It’s ages since I’ve put anything in here about climbing which probably has a lot to do with my hectic diary, state of mind and lack of climbing. I was persuaded however to head out to castle naze this weekend.
This is a brilliant little crag, probably with enough routes to keep you going 3 or 4 trips and of all grades from diff to e3 + check the UKC here .
Best thing about this place is the view. A beautiful rolling valley, little hamlets, raptor, farming and great rock.
Nothing was loose, belays were good and the rock lovely and grippy. Good belay stances too and the descent is about 30seconds!
Much love x
Ok ok ok I know many people climb Snowdon and a fair few go via Crib Goch bit this was a fabulous walk with friends, an ecvellentbstag do in fact. I’d be warned that Crib Goch was scary and given my issues with drops and high places I was more than a little nervous but it was absolutely fine. The weather was a little misty but cleared as we climbed.
It was great to head out with some people who had never done a ridge before and the entire party made it with mild whimpering
We even got the stag to the top which was fabulous. 3hrs 45 up. And we them ran off from the top back to the car park in around 45minutes.
The best thing my knees held together with no pain which gives me hope for more walking. On the list: national three peaks, blencathra via sharp edge and schiehallion.