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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…

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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. 

Peace 

X

Castle Naze 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

New Years in Spain 

So, if you’re a climber and haven’t been to spain you need to go, it’s as simple as that. In winter the hugely popular region is the Costa Blanca for the weather and quality of climbing. Here’s a snapshot of my awesome week!

Font d’Axia was a new place to me and pretty damn good, climbs of low to high grades in a cracking setting

Sierra de Toix is the place to go, single and multipitch of all grades on quality rock and good fixed gear

These awesome people !

The Penon in Calpe. Brilliant walk, scramble or climbing if you’re hard enough

Easy going first day

When you’re so hungover all you can do is this!


Told you the weather was good