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Film Review // Climb Like a Girl // Nicole MacGregor

“That’s a good question.  It doesn’t really matter does it, as long as you enjoy climbing?”

The expression of doing something ‘like a girl’ has become a familiar insult in the UK, usually words spoken by boys and men as a way of belittling each other or others.  This film, by Nicole MacGregor, seeks to challenge and explore what people actually think it means to ‘climb like a girl’.

How to Improve your Route Reading

route reading31By Emily Pitts // Route reading is like solving a puzzle. It involves time, skills and attention. These are some exercises you can use and practical things you can do to help you get better at finding solutions to your climbing puzzles, focusing mainly on indoor top rope climbing, as a mechanism for improving and moving on to lead climbing indoors and climbing outdoors.  There’s hopefully something in here for beginners, but also people who are more experienced climbers.

A woman on a bouldering wall being instructed in the art of flagging, a climbing technique
How to start climbing

It may seem very straightforward to some people, but knowing how to start climbing is not simple if you don’t know anyone who climbs**.  Firstly there are different types of climbing, both indoor and outdoors.  Decide which you want to try and that will help you decide the best way to get started.

Here are six ways you can start rock climbing:

A woman bouldering outdoors at The Roaches
What’s climbing all about?

Climbing means something different to everyone.  Sometimes I come across climbers who can’t get their heads around other people who only climb indoors.  Others wonder why anyone would venture outside, when you can stay warm and dry in a climbing centre.  Others still are unable...

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What is… Bouldering?

Kilnworx Climbing Centre10Bouldering is unroped climbing, which is usually lower in height than other climbing routes, both indoors and outdoors.  Indoors the highest bouldering problems are around 5 metres high.   There are often crash mats below to help protect you if you fall off.   Indoors, these mats are provided, whereas outdoors, you carry a bouldering mat to the boulder with you.

People often mistake Bouldering as ‘practice’

Ladies’ Night // Rockover Climbing

bouldering outdoorsNaomi Buys is the star coach leading Rockover’s new Ladies’ Night – fortnightly on Thursdays, starting on 16th January 2014.

The sessions are designed for anyone who wants to improve their bouldering with the guidance of a skilled and experienced coach.

You can join the sessions whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete beginner – Naomi is experienced in coaching people at all levels of skill, strength and confidence.

WCS 2013 // Awkward Holds

How to use slopersYou could feel the buzz from the moment you stepped in, instantly spotting all the elite climbers milling about and chatting with other attendees.  Initially I was a bit star-struck, but they were so friendly and welcoming it felt like you were just there with a load of mates.

The workshops I attended were Awkward Holds and Dynamic Climbing.  I was looking forward to an afternoon of talks including Rebecca Dent’s talk on nutrition and losing weight safely.

Kilnworx Climbing Centre Stoke – Review

Kilnworx Stoke10

I recently had an email from a man called Jin, inviting us to Kilnworx Climbing Centre in Stoke for their new Women’s Club.  We were very excited and went along to see what they have to offer at their inaugural Women’s Club Night.  Here’s what we found out:

Kilnworx is a Social Enterprise.  What this means is that it’s essentially not for profit.

Kilnworx Stoke 12

It has a great feel and we could see from talking to Jin and the other staff and volunteers that they have big ideas for this place and they’re passionate about it.

It’s set in a church and some of the features (which you won’t be able to see yet, as it’s still under construction) are truly magnificent.

Beth…On Indoor Lead Climbing

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have just lead my first 7a+. I still can’t quite believe it, but luckily I had a witness – the lovely Emma Timmis from Womenclimb, who led it after me.  This post is a reflection of my own personal climbing journey and includes the things that were most helpful to me and made the most difference to my climbing.  During this period I had 1-2-1 training with Libby Peter, from whom I got some of these tips. Finally, please note I refer to everything in terms of indoor climbing!

How to improve at bouldering – Ten ways to get better

Following on from the last blog post here are some practical things you can do right now to improve your skills for bouldering:

Learning bouldering1) Watch

Watch someone who looks like they boulder well. If you watch, you can probably learn something. Look at their hands, how they hold the holds, where and how they place their feet, what are they doing with their weight, their knees, are their feet always on the holds?