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Busy week touring

Not a climbing post. Got the van down to Europe for the first time which has been fun and scary.

A few days in bruges and lille before a dash down to font which was wet but great for a walk.

Been great to spend time with the crazy lady before we get back to reality. I have 7 weeks to train for font and after all the bad (good) food and beer this week I need to get on it. And we both need to get on with looking good for the wedding. And planning it of course, 5 months to go.

Promise climbing updates soon. But for now …


Horse Thief Quarry

We may be mad but we made a dash for sunshine before the snow today. Dave had noticed a sheltered quarry that also got the sun and alsi not in a guidebook. With an early start we hit the rock early and found it nice and warm although belaying was in down jackets and gloves!

Superb day, best named climbs I’ve seen and I put up my hardest sport grade outdoors in the UK

Check it out here on inc

Plotting the year for mortals

It’s more than a little agonizing seeing all the pro climbers constantly travelling and looking at my meagre holiday allowance. 

In an effort to stretch it out I’ve planned a week in Scotland to tick Nevis, a mini euro road trip, another yoga retreat in Portugal a few festivals aaaaaaaaaand a fortnight in Font in May.

Super psyched already and starting to plan training. Hoping to call in on font on my way back from luxembourg in March and have a scout. 

I feel the next 5 months of my life may be focused on this rock…

Looking back at new year last year and looking forward. 

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


Happenings and Kendal mountain festival

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 

Love x

Body changes- the impact of yoga.

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. 



Boredom and Curiosity

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?

Love x