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Climbing Psychology Tag

Monday Motivation: Interview with Molly Burdick - from heart disease to ninja warrior

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...

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Training course // Mindfulness 8-week programme

What is the training? This is an 8 week mindfulness training programme specifically designed for climbers (although non-climbers welcome!). It follows a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) hybrid.   But what IS mindfulness? Mindfulness is a simple form of meditation that helps us develop...

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Pole Vaulter to Climber to Explorer // Stephanie Langridge

Stephanie Langridge Australin AdventurerBefore travelling to south America in March 2016 Stephanie Langridge had only ever climbed indoors in her local climbing and bouldering centres.  She has been climbing for less than three years, yet in June 2016 she summited a 5686metre peak lovingly named The Bull, in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, close to Huarez in Peru.  How did she go from zero to a 5600metre summit in under 3 years? Last week Stephanie spoke to us about her journey.  We’ve got some really important take aways that will really help you if you want to become more adventurous or if have been scared to do something different, so read on and, most importantly, leave Stephanie a message.

Ella Williams // Climber Bio

Ella Williams - Outdoor Instructor'Climbing for me is like a dance, when I am in the moment I don’t have to think about what I’m doing.'

Ella Williams is an outdoors instructor living in North Wales.  At the time of writing, she was 29 years old, born in 1987, having started rock climbing at the age of 26.  She is 5ft1 (155cm tall). We met Ella on a climbing weekend in north Wales in 2015, where she showed her love of sharing the outdoors with others.  This is a really beautiful piece of writing, enjoy.

Rules of Life // by Michelle Mudhar

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.

two roads diverged in a wood and took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference.  Robert Frost.  This quote is with a picture of Michelle in a wood.

Michelle's outlook on life through the lens of climbing

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.

The mind is everything

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...

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New Year, New You

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...

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Women's Climbing Symposium 2013

Climbing HandsDo you want to climb better?  

Then the WCS is for you.  If you don't know about it already, you should.  This year's Women's Climbing Symposium is upon us - taking place on Saturday November 2nd at The Arch Climbing Centre in London 9.30am-6.30pm.  What a great line-up the WCS team have put together for us this year - Angela Soper, Fran Brown, Anne Rigge, Jen Randall, Eva Lopez and Rebecca Dent to name just a few.  They'll be covering everything from nutrition to yoga and training to testing yourself - and all in relation to climbing and at every level - from beginner to competition climbers.

Women's Climbing Symposium 2013

They have a handful of last-minute tickets available (we've heard on the grapevine), so if you log onto the website now, there may be one left just for you.