“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’.
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By 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.
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.
Getting started climbing can feel like entering a new world. It's sometimes hard to know if you know everything that you need, to keep yourself safe. For this reason, we've put together a handy post giving you a simple to-do list to tick off if...Read More
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...Read More
Bouldering 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’
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.
You 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.
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.
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.
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.
It is well documented that exercise can help improve mental health and is even used to treat depression. Although some say that this has not been proven outright, feedback from patients has suggested an overall sense of positive wellbeing and decreased depressive episodes when exercise...Read More
I 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!
Following on from the last blog post here are some practical things you can do right now to improve your skills for bouldering:
Whilst working at the climbing centre there was a lot of discussion about bouldering. Ranging from 'what is bouldering' to 'I don't understand bouldering' to 'what's the point of bouldering' to 'I'm useless at bouldering, how can I get better?' Ad infinitum. A friend of...Read More
Rock Shoes // Rock Boots // Climbing Shoes // Trainers // Plimsolls // Flip Flops – What shoes should I wear to climb in??? When about to embark on my first review of a pair of climbing shoes it dawned on me that it might be...Read More