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. 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Five days climbing in Fontainebleau forest

Five days climbing in Fontainebleau forest is a pretty good way to relax, I'd say. Our sixth day was a washout, which preceded a week of stormy weather, so we were very lucky to get sunshine for the majority of our time camping, hauling, hiking and climbing around the forest. I feel for those who travelled out for Easter week.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Outdoor City showing its colours - ShAFF & CWIF

What an outdoorsy weekend! Sheffield really showed itself off as The Outdoor City with the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and the Climbing Works International Festival kicking things up several gears. In the showroom cinema you had the greatest selection of adventure and adrenaline fuelled films since... well... ever. And at the Climbing Works a strong field of domestic and international climbing phenoms battled it out for the CWIF Crown.