Climbing at Penmaen Head, North Wales

Climbing at Penmaen Head Over the past couple of weeks Chris and myself have mainly spent our weekends practicing towards our SPA Assessment, this weekend however we decided to ditch our weekly routine and head east down the A55 and get back to basics with some good old sport climbing. Firstly we headed to Penmaen head. It's somewhere neither of us had climbed before and according to our guidebooks the grades looked ideal for the both of us, hovering around the f6's. For those who haven't been to the crag before, access is super easy and it's literally a 5 minute drive from Castle Inn. We warmed up on a route called Steak Slice, a short but enjoyable f5a. Climbing the route also put Read more

SPA Assessment Practice

Earlier this month my Brother and I finally bit the bullet and booked our SPA Assessments for mid February with JB Mountain Skills (http://www.jbmountainskills.co.uk/index.html). Although we have more than enough experience and logged climbs between us, booking the assessment has given us an extra kick up the backside to get out and really concentrate on the SPA Award syllabus and ensure we leave nothing to chance on the day. Rock Climbing at Clogwyn Cyrau   On Saturday, Chris and myself took Clare and our younger cousin Nick out to Cloggy Crag (Clogwyn Cyrau) with the idea of setting up a top rope and practicing our releasable abseils. Unfortunately we left it a bit too Read more

Bouldering at the Roaches

The final climb of the year! On December the 31st 2014, 4 of us headed west down the M56 for a day out at the Roaches. It was a chance to make use of my Christmas presents that I received from my beautiful girlfriend, Clare (Said gifts was a GoPro Hero 3+ and a Moon bouldering mat amongst many other things!). Although the weather was slightly wet and damp in Runcorn we decided to head out nevertheless and the BBC weather guide seemed promising, stating a dry yet cloudy day. The drive there was interesting, although I've been before (Climbing at the Roaches) I rely too heavily on my sat nav and before I knew it had entered the wrong postcode and ended up 45 minutes from the crag, in Macclesfield. We Read more

My New Years Resolutions

Last year my new years resolutions for my climbing was to climb a f7a outdoors. I didn't manage the task but I did accomplish many more things in 2014 than I had imagined on January 1st. 2014 seen me climb my first trad routes at Windgather, I'm now SPA trained and hopefully within the next 6 months I'll have completed and passed my assessment. I flashed a font 7b+ boulder problem and formed plenty of strong friendships with those I climb with. 2015 already looks to be an incredible year, we're in the early stages of planning a trip to Fontainebleau at the end of February/early March and we now have a van coupled with wanderlust. The aim of this post was to list my climbing aspirations Read more

Climbing at Rokt in Brighouse

Yesterday Mike, Craig and myself headed out to Rokt Climbing Wall in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. It was the first time both Mike and myself had been to Rokt Climbing Wall and it was good to be going with somebody with such experience as Craig as naturally, climbing with much better climbers also pushes your own efforts. It was round 3 of the Rokt Winter Bouldering League, yet to our surprise the walls were very quiet which meant we got to climb any routes we fancied without the hassle of waiting around, unlike the WBL that takes place in Liverpool's Climbing Hangar. For those of you who haven't been to Rokt Climbing Walls before, the layout of the building is almost maze like, there Read more

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