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.

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.

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!

Marcus Byczkowski at the upper tier as the day ends in the…

Marcus Byczkowski at the upper tier as the day ends in the back drop.

Marcus has only been climbing for about a month and has already improved extremely well. I think sometime when people learn they’re reluctant to really listen or take in what’s being taught by more expedience climbers. But Marcus takes all help with a lot of consideration and puts it into practice straight away.

Sometimes, however it’s good to figure out things your way, like your strengths and weaknesses. I always tell people who are tall, when you’re in the gym, climb like a small person, use the bad holds, don’t start by reaching past the crux until you get outside. When it comes to a progressive sport like climbing, it doesn’t matter if your big or small, don’t cheat yourself, always learn from mistakes and never jump off.