Will Murphy finishing off the day on 20 foot crack. Sam’s…

Will Murphy finishing off the day on 20 foot crack.

Sam’s birthday yesterday and after months of repair work on his injury, he got closer than sin to topping out his latest project grade. Brilliant to see people still getting better at climbing even when injured, just learning technique and focusing the other aspects of climbing is so important, something I think we all over look sometimes.




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Got our boy Will Murphy going 90 degree’s on the classic Banana…

Got our boy Will Murphy going 90 degree’s on the classic Banana Fingers over at Burbage North.

I remember one of my early outdoor climbing experiences, myself and Metzger jumped is his car and headed to the farthest crag we’d traveled to at the time. After a long drive through shit roads the satnav takes you on in the peak district (Im pretty sure skynet happened years ago and realised our one weakness is inconvenience the sly bastards) we made it to our destination, but sadly no Arnie… Piss tons of gritstone though so, I’ll say worth it.

The ground was completely covered in snow, so this was quite a few years back and eager Metzger jumped on Banana fingers. We recently discovered onsighting so it’s what we were all about and anything less was sin. After about 8 minutes and 10 attempts on the crux he still REFUSED to jump off; There’s not even a rest man, so god knows what he was having a minute on. But after a small crowed gathered because of my ‘extremely calm emotional encouragement’ (ever been to a zoo?) he managed to stick the final move and topped it out. A man who couldn’t feel his hands, feet or face managed onsighted his first 6A with pure will power and it will always be a smiling memory for us.

On a rarely dry climb over at Burbage, ‘Mermaid V6/7A’. A…

On a rarely dry climb over at Burbage, ‘Mermaid V6/7A’. 

A classic short and powerful line, this was my first onsight of V6, I’ve flashed a few but this just felt 100% my style; Short powerful, overhanging. 

It makes your realise with climbing how much personal style helps and how some climbs are just ungradable, we jumped on West Side Story before this picture was taken and jesus, the lads that gave us some advice weren’t wrong; Completely beta reliant, how can you grade something based on a sequence of moves that aren’t too physically hard?

Will Murphy on the absolute classic West Side story V9/f7C over…

Will Murphy on the absolute classic West Side story V9/f7C over at burbage west.

It’s amazing to finally get out climbing again with Will, he’s been training and still is for a ultra marathon him and James are running in the summer. It’ll be 100km long but apparently they get a little massage half way through so… Good time all around I suppose.

Will is an absolute inspiration to everyone here at OpenCrag, if there is ever someone who would go above and beyond for the simple reason of it being the right thing to do, Will would be that person. With his ultra marathon, he’s raising money for Motor Neurone Disease, and with the help of his equally amazing girlfriend, they have raised a collective of over £1000… with 5 months to spare. An absolutely incredible feat. If you would like to contribute to help fight this dreadful disease, please head to this link and make a contribution so we can help fight for a more beautiful future; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Will-Murphy4

A snap from underneath one of the hardest climbs in the UK last…

A snap from underneath one of the hardest climbs in the UK last year.

So I’ve been thinking a lot recently with helping a few people who have just picked up or come back to climbing about dealing with grades and projects. I always say to forget about the grades until you know what you’re doing with yourself. 

Figure out your own weaknesses and strengths, find someone who knows what they’re doing and really listen to their advice (Unless the advice is to just grow) and work on you. You’re the only one who can open the doors to your own success.