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

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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

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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

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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 see just how busy the small compact gritstone crag was.The access to Castle Naze requires a short but steep walk across some grazing land and boasts some of the most amazing views of the surrounding

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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 a few workout programs that seemed like they could help to improve my core, the 1 stand out routine was the P90X program. The program seemed most suited to what I was looking for - the only

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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 and work with groups.Both Claire and Gail were more than welcoming when I arrived at the crag and it was clear to see from the onset that they were very experienced in what they do.I had plenty

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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 Mere.Manley Mere is based in Frodsham, Cheshire and is only a 15 minute drive from our home. Before today I had never heard of Manley Mere and so was pleasantly surprised at just how brilliant the

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