Connor Laycock on Crozzle Slab V0 over at Stanage Plantation….

Connor Laycock on Crozzle Slab V0 over at Stanage Plantation. Lovely little climb and Connors first time outdoor climbing. He started great, picking up grits quirky style fast. I reckon Connors gonna have some stories to tell in the coming years with how strong he’s going. 

Shame about the weather, lucky he doesn’t seem to bothered by being swarmed by about 500 midges and mad humidity cutting our session short. To be fair the first thing he asked me back at training a few days later was when we were next heading out, pretty surprised not gonna lie.I mean I was joking with the centre owner saying I should take all first timers outdoors so he’d get traffic with how my recent trips have been going!

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 this snap the other days as during the heatwave, nice to…

Got this snap the other days as during the heatwave, nice to finally get back into the groove. Haven’t taken many pictures I thought were worth sharing so hopefully with the climbing coming up I’ll get some pictures I feel you will enjoy.

Sam Sudden-Wheatley getting one more in before the sun sets. Had…

Sam Sudden-Wheatley getting one more in before the sun sets. 

Had a bit of a rest from climbing recently as I’ve got shin splints along with Will. I think it’s just my luck I’ve never injured myself climbing other than the odd scrape and bump but start running for 2 weeks and boom, injured. 

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.