Improving the e-Visa Application Process

In 10 days time I’ll be heading to Turkey for the first time on a family holiday. As most are probably aware, a Visa is required to enter the country and is available online through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. Tonight, I sat in vain as I watched my Fiance (Clare) spend the best part of 10 minutes trying to complete the first step of the application process before I offered to take the com

The benefits of Thank You pages

Before I begin, this post is a discussion looking at the benefits of thank you pages from a user experience point of view and doesn’t consider any technical SEO issues. Ever since I started working agency side, 4 years ago now – One of the more popular debates in the office seems to be based around whether or not to use thank you pages or thank you messages following the completion of an action. No
Liam Gallagher Climbing

30 days of routine!

Now that I’ve got my SPA out of the way I want to really start pushing my climbing and consequentially my grades (across all disciplines!). To do this I’ve decided to hopefully try and improve my overall fitness and not just focus solely on my climbing, sounds weird I know! In the past I’ve dabbled with a number of different workouts, calisthenics, strength training, plyometrics and the likes but

Passed my SPA!

I first went in for the assessment in February with Jez of JB Mountain Skills and unfortunately was deferred on a few personal safety issues, un-clipping my safety at the edge of a cliff for example. Since that woeful day in February I’ve had a lot of time to mull over my initial assessment and can’t believe how complacent I was and how badly my nerves got the better of me that day (I even carried my ge

So, I bought a Slackline!

Slacklining is something I’ve always had an admiration for, though something I could never do! When I first began climbing almost 3 years ago now, I vividly recall summer evenings chugging beers and eating burgers watching the locals of the Climbing Hangar toying around on the slackline setup they had outdoors. I’d always give it a go before going home but couldn’t get started, it seemed nigh imp
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