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
Making the jump from top roping to lead climbing is a big moment in any climber’s career that expands the routes climbers can do indoors and outdoors. With this new skill, climbers can access new training techniques that will help push their climbing even further....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.
“No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you.” Unfortunately, this doesn’t always apply in the climbing world. Our third myth is slightly different, in that it isn’t a myth. To be truthful, people are watching you, but it doesn't mean it's a bad...Read More
😱 I don’t have any upper body strength The myth ‘I need to have strong arms’ often stops people getting started, so today’s article is all about why you don’t need strong arms when you’re starting out. In fact, you don’t need to be fit or skinny...Read More
Do you enjoy climbing but want to develop further skills and strength but don’t really know where to start? Gimme Kraft by Patrick Matros, Ludwig “Dicki” Korb and Hannes Huch is a comprehensive guide to getting fitter and stronger for all types of climbing.
“How do I get stronger?… train most efficiently?…what exercises make the most sense?” are questions set out in the introduction. These questions are readily answered in a compact, enjoyable and motivating training manual.
The UK has some fantastic locations for ice climbing, but what if you live a long way from the mountains and your time is short? There’s a growing number of indoor ice climbing facilities where you can hone your skills before heading out on an adventure in the mountains. Have you tried them and fancy writing us a review?
UPDATE: In light of changes to the Yoga Studio App, please be aware that the app is no longer a one-time purchase app and operates on a subscription model. Previous purchasers of the app have paid for the app and subsequently had their access revoked, subject to paying a monthly subscription.
We can no longer recommend the app on the basis that the fundamental basis of our original review has changed. Please see comments below, from customers.
Ever thought about taking up yoga as a way of improving your flexibility and core strength, but can’t seem to get yourself to a class? There’s loads of free yoga apps on the market for smart phones so we’ve reviewed Yoga Studio to see if paying for a yoga app is really worth it.
Returning to climbing after an injury or recovery from surgery can be daunting, let alone frustrating and often maddening. Your mind is telling you to hop on the routes you were on prior to the injury but your body is unable to emulate how it worked before.
Do you find yourself sending boulder problems but having to take rests on longer routes? Do you have to shake out a lot on longer routes and find yourself shouting “take!” a little too often? If so then you might want to train your endurance.
Ever backed off a climb and berated yourself afterwards? Ever cursed and thrown a wobbly after falling off your project? Ever wondered why you can’t seem to get past that grade? ….
Women's Sport Week is slowly creeping up on us and it is a great opportunity to access one of the many events and courses designed especially for you! If you love the indoors but are feeling less confident about moving onto outdoor rock, look no further!...Read More
Sometimes it's hard to know how to stay positive in climbing and in life. The power of social media brought us to Charli Dack and she's written a blog post that we think will really resonate with you, our readers. She's left the best 'til...Read More
Emily Allen was the youngest female to climb 8a in the UK. In July 2013 she climbed Aberration at Chee Dale. If you’ve never heard of her you should read her story – she’s really inspiring, having had a number of setbacks yet still achieving the outstanding performance at the age of only 14 years old. You can read more about Emily at Stoke Sentinal or on this superb UKC article. A while back she shared her favourite three mobile apps with us, so we are sharing them with you now:
Rockbusters run female-led and women-only climbing camps in Spain. Erin Lingle talks to us about what you'll get from this type of women-only climbing environment. There’s no denying that climbing experiences can be affected by gender. I’m often frustrated by the fact that men “naturally” have more muscles,...Read More
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.
The wonderful Innes Macdonald who runs Mountain Monkeys is offering something really special this International Women's Day 2014: Free Outdoors Climbing in the Peak District Session Times: Saturday 8th march 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm Sunday 9th March 10am-12.30pm or 1pm-3pm WHO & WHERE This session is for any woman over the age of 18. No experience...Read More
Women Rock! Saturday 8th March 1pm-2pm Ladies Climbing Session Including Equipment & 1 hour Coaching + Climb On after ONLY £5!!! Here come the girls! To celebrate International Women’s Day, Durham Climbing Centre is offering a 1-hour ladies coaching session including equipment with the option to climb on after for the bargain...Read More
Got any climbing aches and pains? (who hasn't??) Get yourself down to Warrington's North West Face, just off the M62, on Wednesday 5th March 6pm 8pm for your FREE consultation. Info Below: Before you participate, read the small print ...Read More
There are loads of things on offer for International Women's Day at Boulder Brighton: New women climbers get their first session half price! 8th & 9th March Free women's coaching from Belinda Fuller Saturday 8th March at 2pm (www.beclimbing.co.uk), normal entry fees only! No need to pre-register. Boreal shoe demo Saturday 8th,...Read More
Ladies Free Performance Workshop In celebration of International Women's Day (8th March), Aber Rocks are taking part in our UK wide 'Women Rock' promotion by running two free climbing performance workshops in the week before. The workshops will allow you to improve your bouldering technique and...Read More
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...Read More
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.
There’s a certain irony about going to a women’s anything when you have stomach cramps and all you want is to be fed chocolate. Entering a room full of friendly sporty women with a passion for climbing was just the start of a day designed to uplift, excite and inspire climbers from 14 – 70+. The day started with a talk on the history of women climbers by Angela Soper. I managed to get a sneaky photo of Angela climbing – if you think you’re too old for climbing, think again. Back in the day, these amazing women were climbing in skirts and hobnailed boots! More about Angela here.
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.
Towards the end of last year and into this year I was working quite hard at improving my climbing – technique, skills and knowledge. I picked people’s brains and worked on areas I thought would help. I started to improve, and what I mean by...Read More
If you're not sure what exercises to do to improve your core muscles, here are a few suggestions, with demos I've found on the internet: Sit Ups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fbU_MkV7NE Crunches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xyd_fa5zoEU Reverse Crunch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyv14e2QDq0 Left and Right crunches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwVXJKqWGpg The Plank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz0oFaVGuh4 Russian Twist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeAtimSCxsY V-Sits http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_1KGrBx2T4 I've been doing a mix of these,...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!
Lately I’ve seen a lot of people asking ‘What other exercise can I do to improve my climbing’. Here are some ideas of complementary forms of exercise for climbing to get you thinking: Pole Dancing Believe it or not, pole dancing for exercise requires great core strength,...Read More