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…

Different Ways to Measure Climbing Progress

This week’s climb was at the tail end of the graph. We have one more week before the routes get reset. “What graph?” I hear you enquire with equal anticipation and excitement – as most, if not all graphs should be met. Well, my friends, this graph: I’m in week 4 or 5 – I…

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…