Friday, 23 December 2016

Detox - Curbar (video)



The Bad Landing boulder at Curbar has a multitude of problems. I've been working my way through these slowly... very slowly. Although I flashed Bad Lip when I first tried it a few years ago, the rest of the problems have taken substantial amounts of work. (La Musee Imaginaire still probably took the most. That thing was HARD!)

Thursday, 15 December 2016

The launch of SportsReps.co.uk



I've been a climber for more than 15 years and I've worked in the PR and marketing industry for over 10 of those years. Those two parts of my life rarely crossed over, except for the odd climbing article written here and there as a freelancer. 

More recently, I've been exploring ways to bring those two together, and this lead to the creation of SportsReps.co.uk - a social influencer marketing service for the sports industry. SportsReps brings together "micro-influencers" and brands to generate market research and promote products.




We've just launched the service, initially in the outdoors sector, and we're currently recruiting influencers (Reps, as we call them) to sign up while we talk with outdoors brands about running campaigns in the new year. In the mean time, we're running a t-shirt giveaway - a chance to get a limited edition SportsReps.co.uk t-shirt in exchange for signing up and doing a little social sharing.

It is completely free to sign up to SportsReps and anyone can join - no obligations. You pick your sporting interests, sync your social channels so we can measure your social influence level and when a campaign comes up we think you'll be perfect for you'll get an email invite. Simple.




What's in it for the manufacturers, distributors and retailers? They get to spread the word about their products from grass-roots up. This generates conversation online and raises awareness. Plus, SportsReps encourages campaign participants to be honest about the products they receive, so others who see their posts, blogs and videos know they are giving their unbiased opinion.

There's loads more info on the SportsReps FAQs if you want to learn more.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

30 Degree Fontainebleau (video)



With the hottest weather I've ever experienced in Fontainebleau - hitting 30°C+ - it was a trip for quick bursts of climbing, one or two tries, and long rests, beer and BBQ. Makes for a great holiday just not great climbing conditions.

All the same, for anyone wanting some beta, here's a few things I did manage to grease and squirm my way up, including:

- Satan m'Habite (7A)
- Uruguay (6C+/7A)
- Action Direct (6C+/7A)
- Sa Pelle au Logis (7A)
- La Faux Baquet (6C+)
- Sous-Dur right (6C)
- Sous-Dur (7B)
- Memoire d'Autre Tombe (7A+)
- L'Oblique (7A)

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Climbing Domes at Rowtor Rocks (video)

Thanks to a spate of good weather recently, I've been climbing outside a lot in the evenings after work. Spring brings with it light and the temperatures aren't usually too high. This excess of rock grappling - specifically, with warm gritstone - has taken its toll on my hands.



Thursday, 5 May 2016

A Curbar Circuit


I've always enjoyed boulder problem circuits to keep fitness up but more for the simple pleasure of climbing on rocks. All too often we get bogged down with a project, or just go outside to climb our hardest, but stringing together boulders you've climbed dozens of times before and going for mileage can be just as much fun as getting that elusive difficult tick.