FrictionLabs Chalk Review

I bought some new climbing chalk. If you’d have told me 6 months ago that I’d spend even 5 minutes researching the best climbing chalk, I’d have called you a nutter. Times have changed. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know where to start. Then I remembered Brad Gobright. He was my first climbing hero….

Climbing: How to stop sloppy footwork

I went to a new bouldering place last weekend. It was graded, which is unfamiliar to me, but I loved it. My primary focus at the moment is my footwork. I think it’s the key to climbing efficiently and being as safe as possible. It’s easy to keep this in my head at the beginning…

She climbs – in her own shoes!

I went climbing again yesterday. Alone. Yep, I’m a big brave girl. I woke up, tired and confused having been woken up five times in the night and deciding I’d be crazy to do the park run. So I was a bit grumpy. Okay, a lot grumpy. I was a grumpy zombie – a winning…

Lessons from climbing blind – literally

This week’s climb was interesting. And frustrating. But mostly interesting. My climbing buddy and I made a new friend. I was there super early, so I went around the corner to sit on the step and do some “work” on my phone. I can basically justify anything as work these days. With about ten minutes…

Out of my comfort zone: a different climbing centre

I’m still on the hunt for climbing shoes, so I thought I’d try a new climbing centre. The website said they had a “shop” but they didn’t list any products. It was on the way to my friend’s house so I left a couple of hours early to give it a go. I was feeling…

Why you should climb with a buddy

I can’t quite believe my climbing sessions keep getting better and better. Progress isn’t in a straight line, it’s almost unpredictable. I think that’s part of what I love so much about it. It’s thrilling. This week, I was early. I know, what?? Well it’s true, I was. Which meant I could park further away…

Name your climbing walls

Two days before my climbing session I received an email from my climbing buddy. It was a photo of all of the routes being reset. What?! I have been dreaming about the blue cave route and how to get across to the next bit. I felt a bit sad, but also excited, because now I…