Outdoor Emergency First Aid Course

The weekend just gone (6/7 December 2014) I finally got around to completing my Outdoor Emergency First Aid training with Jason of Northern Lights Training, the first aid qualification is a requirement of the SPA award.The course was originally meant to be held at the Boardroom Climbing Centre in Queensferry but due to a double booking the venue was later changed to Hawarden Scout Hut. In hindsight this was definitely for the best as I find it hard to switch off from climbing at the best of times and trying to concentrate at a climbing based venue would have been very difficult!The course ran from 9am to 6pm on both the Saturday and Sunday and covered a diverse range of topics, from...Group Read more

1 week off and a Winter training plan

As I write this I haven't climbed for 9 consecutive days! The week prior however I had climbed for 5 days on the run, including entering round 2 of the Winter Bouldering League at the Climbing Hangar in Liverpool.My week off is mainly down to the poor weather and lack of money to fund indoor climbing 3/4 times per week!To counter my lack of climbing I've spent this week analysing videos of myself climbing and writing a training plan for the coming winter months and setting myself some realistic goals for 2015 - I also purchased a budget finger board to incorporate into my training plan.Here is a video of me working a 6c+ boulder problem at The Boardroom in Queensferry...//Post Read more

Climbing at Plas y Brenin, Capel Curig

My feet are absolutely freezing! My brother and I have just gotten back from a day climbing at Plas y Brenin in Capel Curig, Snowdonia.We started today with the intention of practicing some abseils, both releasable and personal as well as a few multi pitch routes at Tryfan Fach (Little Tryfan). After leaving a cold but dry and sunny Runcorn at around 10.45, we arrived at Little Tryfan at around 12pm, just in time for the torrential rainfalls, our plans were scuppered.Despite the gloomy wet weather, we walked up to the crag to take a look. Little Tryfan is a huge 80m slab boasting some incredible cracks and ledges - ideal for those beginners looking to get into multi pitch climbing. As Read more

Climbing at Worlds End, Craig-y-Forwen

On Saturday the 1st of November, my brother Chris and I took 2 friends, Scott and Christine out on their first trad climb.We headed to Worlds End crag in Llangollen at around 11am, fuzzy headed and nauseas from the previous nights antics, involving plenty of bowling and alcohol!Chris had decided on Worlds End as an ideal beginner crag for Scott and Christine to learn on due to the number of short, diff graded routes, as well as an abundance of solid trees at the top of the crag to easily anchor off.We didn't arrive at the crag until around 2pm due to a few wrong turnings (3 hours in the bloody car!) but fortunately for us the crag was dead, not a single person in site and luckily Read more

Campervanning and Climbing!

Campervanning Earlier this month Clare's Dad bought us a Transit Connect, short wheel base van. The van is an old BT technicians and has plenty of room inside that we're going clean up and convert into our very own micro camper van!The idea of having our own camper van excites us both massively and having such a thing allows us to drive to far out places, find a safe spot, pull up and sleep for the night whilst carrying all of our climbing gear too.We spent last weekend emptying the van and tidying it up ready to be insulated, ply lined and carpeted. We're hoping to manufacture some form of draws and on top of them a bed - something really basic and simple yet comfortable enough to Read more

Winter Bouldering League Round 1 – The Climbing Hangar

Friday the 10th of October seen the launch of the Winter Bouldering League at the Climbing Hangar in Liverpool.For those who have been living under a rock for the past few years, The Winter Bouldering League is one the Climbing Hangars yearly competitions, along with the BOSS competitions held over the warmer months - In short it's a night out that fuses silliness, being slightly competitive, local beer, good music and plenty of fun and interesting bouldering problems. The Winter Bouldering League runs over the course of 6 months and is open to everybody, from beginners to seasoned veterans on the climbing circuit. The dates are...October 10th November 14 December 12 January Read more

A day at Helsby Crag and Flake Crack

My Brother Chris and I spent the majority of today at the Helsby Crag in Cheshire. Helsby is a massive sandstone crag visible from the M56 when headed towards Wales from Manchester/Warrington. From the motorway Helsby looks to be very green and mossy but looks can be deceiving - it's actually very exposed and so the sandstone is in much better shape than neighboring Frogsmouth Quarry in Runcorn.Today we spent mainly practicing different releasable abseil setups as well as practicing rescues. Today was only my second time out working with releasable abseils so it was good to have some supervision from my Brother who does this on a day to day basis. Initially, Chris watched me setup my own Read more

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