Climbing at Castle Naze, Peak District

This week my Brother Chris and his colleague Emily from Llain Activity Centre were home and so we decided to try and fit in as much climbing as we possibly could.Today was their last full day here and at about 11am we jumped in the car and headed towards Castle Naze, a crag located in the western area of the Peak District. Castle Naze is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Runcorn and the postcode for your satnav is SK23 9UX On the approach to the crag, with the weather being so good we could

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MadBarz Basic Beginner Workout

For months now I've been toying with the idea of joining a gym or combat class alongside my climbing. The main reason for this was to receive professional guidance on my workout and instill some form of structure and routine and allow me to see some form of progression over time, something I haven't had since I boxed back in high school. My goal is to increase my overall core strength, that in turn will benefit my climbing and hopefully all round health.Whilst researching the subject I came across

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Releasable abseil at Helsby Hill, SPA Award

This evening I was invited to join 2 local climbers (Claire and Gail) at the Helsby Hill crag in Cheshire to practice some releasable abseils with a small group of people.I met Claire and Gail through a group on Facebook for local climbers and soon found that they too are working towards their SPA award and currently work in the leisure industry. As I'm aiming for assessment in December/January it seemed like a good idea to get out and see how other the pair would set up their systems

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Stand up paddle boarding in Manley Mere

Christine and Scott are good friends of Clare and myself and not too long ago we wrote down a 'summer bucket list' of things we'd like to do by the end of the year, one of those being Stand up paddle boarding or SUP.Christine and Scott are very much alike Clare and Myself in terms of hobbies and our shared interests, one area we differ in however is our organisational skills and it wasn't long until they had found us a place to tick Stand up paddle boarding off of our bucket list, Manley

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Exploring Vietnam Part 3 – Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta

Day 8 - Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon The final leg of our journey was spent traveling around Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and the Mekong Delta.We were met at the airport at around 11am by our third and final tour guide, Zhou (pronounced Chow). Zhou was a dainty thing, she was only around 4"10 in height yet had the personality and a charisma about her that was larger than life - she was also very well spoken in the English tongue.Driving into Ho Chi Minh from the airport it was clear to see

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