Harmers Wood - Alices Arete

Back outdoors!

So it’s been almost 3 weeks since I last got out climbing. Clare and myself have spent the past week in Lanzarote, Puerto Del Carmen and with the pressures of work and deadlines I just haven’t had the time unfortunately. Today though I finally got outside! On Thursday evening Clare and I managed to get a few hours indoors and this morning I headed down to Harmers Wood after spending hours daydreaming of

On Evolution and Usability

Since January 2014 my blog has acted as means of recording and reflecting upon my climbing, from training and products to the new places I’d visit and the people I’d meet. However, from Today I’ve decided that my blog is also going to act as an outlet for my professional self. I work as a Senior Web Designer for Venn Digital and I’m passionately interested in usability and how design as a th
Clare Brennan climbing in helsby

June Update!

Its been a while since my last post and so I felt I’d updated my blog with my on-goings over the past 4 weeks. I haven’t really had a chance to get out that much with friends climbing and so the majority of my time has been divided between Harmers Wood, Helsby and Pex Hill though 1 evening was spent at Frogsmouth Quarry in Runcorn (Still a sandy, mess of a crag). Performance wise my climbing has dropped
Bouldering at Harmers Wood

Improving the mental aspect of climbing

Ever since I’ve climbed my mental game has been weak. I find that when trying a route first time round I tend to make it much harder than it needs to be and over think the entire problem. It’s not until I then watch somebody else do it that I understand how simple the climb is and that I just need to relax. I’m the kind of climber you see who looks like hes been on a plastering job – IR
5.10 Anasazi Review

5.10 Anasazi VCS, a year in review

For the past 12 months I’ve been climbing mainly in my 5.10 Anasazi. As I mentioned in my blog post last June, I was recommended the shoe by many climbers and heard plenty of stories on their edging performance and quality of the Stealth Onyxx rubber – I did also mention however that I’d heard lots of stories about the heel cup being too big and having too much dead space which is a big turn off for l
Group abseil SPA Award

Supervising on a group abseil – SPA Award

On Saturday May the 2nd I had the opportunity to help supervise a group abseil with Joe from All Terrain Adventures. The abseil was taking place at the Royal Armoury Museum in Leeds and was a good insight into how you would setup a system from a buildings roof, something I hadn’t done before. I met Joe at around 10.30pm and after sorting the parking out we made our way to the top of the Armoury. We used the e
Bouldering at Harmers Wood

Bouldering at Harmers Wood

Yesterday I headed down to Harmers Wood with Mike for a short almost introductory session to the crag. I’ve only climbed at Harmers Wood once before and I’d never topped out on any of the routes – it was all new to me. Yesterday felt like a baptism by fire and that anything I thought I knew about climbing was wrong, everything I attempted was a kick in the teeth and I left feeling weak and woeful.

April Update

It’s been a while since my last post and so I thought I’d write a short, brief post on my current status. 3 weeks ago now I believe I sprained/ruptured the A2 pulley in my ring finger on my right hand. Whilst climbing at BeBoulder in Widnes I ended up sticking a static move that was at my very limit, slipping and taking my entire weight on the tips of my outstretched index, middle and ring finger. As I
Climbing in Fontainebleau

Climbing in Fontainebleau!

Fontainebleau, the mecca of the bouldering community – a place I had always wanted to visit and finally got round to doing so this March! Clare, my Brother Chris and I took the pilgrimage to Fontainebleau on March the 7th 2015. We set off for Dover at around 4am on Saturday the 7th of March. Google maps suggested that the drive was around 4 and a half hours but we made good time and arrive at around 8am ̵
Ealking up Moel Siabod

Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu Ridge

On Saturday My Brother Chris and I decided to tackle Moel Siabod, one of the Eastern most peaks in Snowdonia (872 m/2,861 ft). There was no real reasoning behind why we decided to take on Moel Siabod, just that we read on UK Hill walking forums that the mountain was classed as a strenuous walk yet offered some impressive views and little in the way of traffic. After finishing breakfast from the famed Moel Siabod