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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Will Murphy back at Churnet Valley, trying to finish up this gem…

Will Murphy back at Churnet Valley, trying to finish up this gem before we head to the alps. It’s nice to go back to a crag you spent so much time at, mainly because you remember the little pieces of beta that took you months to figure out and you cruise up old projects; But also because it makes you realise maybe it’s time to get back on the moon board! 

An old climb I’ve been battle with on and off (mainly off) is Simple Simon V8 so it’s kind of up there like. But Jesus, I thought i’d got stronger but I just got smarter with my climbing, I still fall off the same move but now, with the help of a local, I’ve figured out what I think will be my beta. It makes me remember the old quote by our main man Einstein of doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, sometime you don’t need to be stronger to make the move, just smarter.

An unknown climber soloing Slippery Jim over at The Roaches.I…

An unknown climber soloing Slippery Jim over at The Roaches.

I kind of forget sometimes how much green there actually is at The Roaches, it’s such a beautiful spot. I’ve always said it’s my favorite spot but obviously it’s all down to personal opinion. I think your favorite spot is always the first one you go to, your local crag always holds a special place in your heart, like your first love; it just captivates you, feeds your love for the outdoors and adventure.

Always feed your good things in life, it’s all just one big moment that we need to start making it worthwhile

Will Murphy looking like he belongs in the Simpsons on the…

Will Murphy looking like he belongs in the Simpsons on the classic Staffordshire Flyer up next to doxy’s pool.

With myself and Will getting ready for the alps in just 10 days, bare in mind the hardest mountain I’ve climbed is probably Snowdon; I’m scared, excited, intimidated and extremely not ready in the slightest. But, big but, I know when I’m presented with a situation, the more stressful it gets the better I perform. I just hope the performance is enough for the ambition.

In preparation for the trip from a photography stand point. (because I live for it and love you) I got this lovely ultra wide lens to get some beautiful exposed shots of what is going to be our completely punter time in the alps, so look forward to that!

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?