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Climbing and the Olympics: Part One

Are you excited?! Just in case you haven’t heard (are you living in a climbing-free cave?), in 2016 it was announced that Sport Climbing, along with Skateboarding, Surfing and Karate, would be trialed at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But a climbing competition? How do you...

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Bouldering in Finland: Part Two

Spring Fin Bouldering,  Åland Island Life Anssi Laatikainen photography Spring sunshine is brushing the surface of red granite blocks in Åland’s Djupviksgrottorna (more casually, Grottan). The granite here is slated in such a way that the ubiquitous roofs look like they’ve been constructed from stacked up Lego blocks. The hold-potential of those...

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White Spider // London // Review

I have wanted to climb at the White Spider ever since I began climbing in London, but it always felt a little bit too far as it is completely on the other side of town for me. But finally, I managed to coordinate things so I could climb there on a Friday night on the way to an outdoor climbing destination. And we managed to get there on the day the gym was celebrating its anniversary...

Do I love bouldering now?

If you read part 1 last month you will have a good understanding that, while I'm pretty outdoorsy and active, I was completely unaware of the point of bouldering and how it fits with my ambitions of climbing mountains.  I set myself the challenge to give it a go - here's how I got on.   If you want to find out the challenge I set, and why, you can read my previous blog post Why Should I go Bouldering.  I have no illusions about doing anything as advanced as this:

The amazing Esme Hart bouldering at the 2016 Paraclimbing Championships at Manchester Climbing Centre.

The amazing Esme Hart bouldering at the 2016 Paraclimbing Championships at Manchester Climbing Centre.

People do keep saying that bouldering will help me with my climbing, so I wanted to find out what all the fuss is about.

Why should I go bouldering?

If you don't understand bouldering, or are unsure about what it's all about, then follow our contributor Emily Thompson on her journey of discovery, starting this week, with her thoughts on feeling like a fraud, having never been bouldering and having piles of insecurities about giving it a go.  This is a live activity - Emily is reporting on her journey as she does it, so we have no idea how it will turn out or what she will discover.  To learn more as her journey unfolds, sign up now to our newsletter and we will let you know when the next instalment is out. 

Leah Crane // An Interview

By Jacquie Budd ‘It's important for me to have something else alongside climbing so that when I need a break, I have something else to go to…’ The name Leah Crane has always seemed synonymous with climbing. Through my 18 years of climbing there have been numerous articles...

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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.

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’

Shauna gets Gold at Grindelwald

After the disappointment of missing out on gold with an apparent 'dab of the foot' on the mat in Baku only a few weeks ago and reaching silver in Chongqing prior to that, Shauna Coxsey, UK no 1 climber, today pulled in the first Team GB World Cup Gold in Switzerland.  Anyone who's seen her climb will understand how this amazing powerhouse of a climber could

Women Rock at Boulders // Cardiff

90minute Taster Session Boulders in Cardiff are offering a 90-minute Taster Session for International Women's Day for £5 with proceeds going to the Charity Women's Aid, which supports women and children experiencing domestic violence.  There are 16 spaces available, so if you're a woman who wants...

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ROCfest 5.0 2014 // Rock Over

ROCfest 5.0 2014

ROCfest 5.0 is a bouldering competition, in Manchester on Saturday 1st February 2014, designed to give everyone a chance to compete in a friendly environment.  We’re putting in some teams and we would love it if you’d join one of our teams.  So far we’ve got about six people signed up to compete, with people bouldering at grades V1 – V6, so there’s a real mix.  We’ve been promised that no-one will get 0 points!  

Best Places to Boulder in the Peak

Bouldering overhang at Burbage SouthWith winter setting in and the nights drawing close, I think it's time to consider bouldering as an outdoor option that eats less time and helps you to avoid frostbite in the chilly weather.  Here are our Peak District Top Tips:

Best Peak Bouldering venues

1.  Curbar //  Top Tier // Right Hand Side

Forty ish problems graded 3-5 - perfect for beginners.  Around 15 minute walk-in.  Parking available in bays nearby - does get busy in summer.

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?