By now, you’re hopefully feeling some psych for getting out and trying your hand at trad climbing. At first you may spend a long time seconding (following) your climbing partner/s up a variety of trad routes to get into the trad vibe and get used...Read More
Climbing is a mental challenge for me. I’ve felt embarrassed and frustrated in equal measure at my slow progress in trad lead climbing outdoors. If I had a pound for every time my friends and climbing partners said ‘you can easily do that – it’s well within your capability’, before...Read More
The road to trad climbing is littered with lingo, gear, and a very specific set of skills. But don’t let that put you off! If you want to get into trad climbing but aren’t sure where to start - look no further! What even is trad...Read More
As the Easter weekend proved, summer is well underway. More daylight and longer hours means much more time spent outdoors, but that doesn’t mean you need to neglect climbing completely during your down time....Read More
I’ll be honest. I discovered Thorn Crag as a result of a somewhat desperate Google search: “easy bouldering UK”. As that search indicates, I am by no means a boulderer. A nasty ankle injury bouldering indoors early in my climbing career, compounded by a trip to Font with...Read More
The days are getting longer, the air feels a little warmer, the spring is coming. Now is the time to get into the climbing gym and get ready for the season, so you can reap the fruit throughout the summer. But what happens when you...Read More
10 years ago, Molly Burdick was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. After years fighting PTSD due to her illness, and often too scared to leave the house, her life changed forever when she watched a climbing video of Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra. Fast forward...Read More
It being winter here in the northern hemisphere, my social media feed is full of news and images of the white stuff – people climbing it, hiking across it, skiing down it (me, jealous much?!). I came across one such article (link at the end)...Read More
"You need to combat your fears of failing first and after that, simply take it step by step. Even if you don’t get to the very top, you’ll get an awful lot from the experience as a whole." Last September, travel writer Lindsay Hawdon achieved a...Read More
In her recent TEDx talk, pro climber Emily Harrington succinctly describes how she uses her fear of falling to succeed at climbing some of the hardest routes in the world. Starting out climbing aged 11, she – like most beginners – was afraid of falling. She...Read More
Written by Beth Thomas
Yoga has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years and you could even say it has become quite trendy. It is however an ancient Indian practice developed over 5,000 years ago! Bang on trend.
Should Climbing Gyms Adopt a Shirts-On Policy? Climbing culture is about inclusivity, which is why shirtless climbing can be a sensitive issue. In this article, Tess talks about her thoughts on why going shirtless should be accepted within the climbing community. Exercising shirtless is widely practiced among...Read More
Today's climbing has been a success. I've been to Wilton 3 Quarry, north of Bolton where I led one route (a Severe), and backed off another (a VDiff) only 2 metres from the top. You might wonder how this was 'successful', because climbing one route and backing off...Read More
“I never thought I’d see you posting something like this.” Helen’s friends clearly didn’t think that rock climbing would feature in her life. Ever. Helen provide them wrong and has the photos to show it! If you think ‘sport isn’t for me’ or ‘climbing is only for people who are strong’, then read on….
There are religious books, self help books, there is even Jeremy Kyle. Everyone seems to have a take on how to live life, and which rules to follow. Like many, I prefer to have a loose framework to live my life by. I don’t really have a particular ideology to follow.
Climbing appeals to me as a sport because it too has a basic framework/set of rules to use. The laws of physics don’t change and I can solve problems using those laws to progress. The ironic part is that elements of climbing are all about breaking those rules. Taking that lead fall when you know its safe, but the rules say it’s dangerous: climbing past a clip because it’s easier to climb past it than clip in an awkward position; taking risks when you can just as easily walk away. Climbing has taught me so much about how to live my life.
Womenclimb contributor Bethan Thomas is doing a Masters Degree in Psychology. Her area of study is climbing psychology and gender. Here's the blurb about her research: Exploring the role of gender in predicting the relationship between self-efficacy, death anxiety and impulsive sensation seeking in high risk...Read More
There are many quotes attributable to Buddha, but the one I love the most is this: "The mind is everything. What you think, you become." This quote embodies everything I believe about being in control of my own future, by being in control of what I think...Read More
As 2013 draws to a close it may be time to think about the year ahead and your goals. It's all too common to start something with good intentions, but not continue past the first few weeks or the first month. So what motivates us? Interest Choose something...Read More
Have you ever got to the top of a route and sat back only to find that your climbing partner started lowering you two minutes ago? I have and it’s scary. The issue here is usually communication – your climbing partner probably doesn’t want to drop you to your death.
Ten years ago I moved to Manchester. The only people I knew were my partner and my 2 year old daughter. It was tough to get to know people. Eventually, after 7 years here, I found climbing and now climbing is my Manchester family.
The fear, particularly of leading, is something that everyone has at some point or another in their climbing life. For some it starts high and gradually recedes whereas for others it strikes to your heart just when you least expect it, giving you a right fright.
I want to let you into a secret.