This shot was actually taken by my mum about 6 months ago on a…

This shot was actually taken by my mum about 6 months ago on a weekend when we got back from a lil sketchy climbing trip, just to catch up. I think she’s a better photographer than any of us here! 

The climb is Staffordshire Flyer V4/6B up at Doxy’s pool in the roaches. Really good classic line, leading out to the face with a dyno and cool finishing move. Due to the position of an awkward puddle it lead for my mum to keep laughing at me doing my best ape walk impression while I tried to avoid getting wet feet.

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!

Finishing up Nadin’s Traverse Stairs extension – V7/7A+ at what…

Finishing up Nadin’s Traverse Stairs extension – V7/7A+ at what feels like our local crag. Definitely our closest grit crag and the one I personally have climbed at the most.

It’s always great when you go to your favorite crag for the 100th time thinking you’ve climbed everything then just find extensions and eliminates to problems that you committed so much time to all those years back. Its crazy how well your brain remembers certain moves or micro positions you put yourself in to get that little extra on the final send. 

Will Murphy on the Sharks Fin, found the last outcrop of…

Will Murphy on the Sharks Fin, found the last outcrop of Ramshaw. Really beautiful line, a single flake curves perfectly from the rock making the obvious line suit it’s name.

A good few of us have started training recently, taking it pretty seriously. At the moment we’re using a tabata time structure on our power endurance days then working on the campus board and moon board for our power and strength training. Was wondering if you had any tips on how to stay safe and optimise our training? Anything work particularly well for you? We’d love to hear it.

James Metzger coming back from uni a few weeks ago. Huge…

James Metzger coming back from uni a few weeks ago. Huge congratulations as he got himself a first in his Master’s degree of chemistry. The ability some people have to apply themselves to a single target is always insane. Metzger has for the last 4 years has committed 100% to his uni work in chemistry and I’ve never seem someone with a better ability to grind when needed than him.

We share good real life synergy as well me and Metzger, I guess thats what nearly 20 years of friendship does though; I remember a time we were sharing a drink in the classy McDonald’s when two guys started fighting in the car park. Pretty normal stuff, just kind of shoving eachother so we kept an eye on it and hoped nothing more came out of it. One second later, the guy throws the other one on a car and bites a chunk out his face. The man who’s face is now covered in blood turns to us and screams for help. So I jump out the chair and run to help the guy while Metzger takes the cars number plate down, no words exchanged, I think when you know someone that well, you know what the other is thinking.