News - Premier UK bouldering venue perfect for power endurance training.
Which is a relief as getting outside has been tough this year with constant rain from June onwards. Any route fitness I’d gained drained away even faster than my enthusiasm. The news of a training venue for route climbers comes as a bitter blow for the boulderers who have enjoyed pure power problems for a while and don’t see the point in getting pumped.
Link - ups: do they count for much?
Not really, but does anything in our sport really make sense? We look for the hardest way up the wall, then try and find the easiest way up it! Link-ups are fun for training, though often make two OK routes into one really good one.
Wet or What!
Last year I got the chance to set the Skymasters competition at the UK Outdoor Show. It's a funny show, the "outdoor" show, the weather is always gorgeous and everyone is indoors sitting around stuffing their faces with hotdogs and cakes!
Weak go home
Reaching the new 'super crag' above the Spanish town of Oliana the first thing you see is a huge tufa, like a fat drainpipe of poured grey concrete stretching down from the summit. Automatically you see the weakness, finding the link between the ground and the top. You want to get up this cliff and this is the way!
Long Routes - Petzl Team extend themselves
The Petzl Roc trips get better and better, bigger and bigger. This year was no exception, with single pitch routes 100m long, I don't think they get any longer. I was invited again, obviously as the token Brit, there for dry humour and poor dress sense and perhaps because I've won a few trips, even up against the likes of Sharma and Andrada. Fortunately they hadn't spotted it was clearly either a fluke or involved some serious cunning. On performance alone I think I'd be lucky to scrape in!
On the way to the World Championships
Next week I'm heading to Hungary for a training camp. The goal is clear: getting familiar with the terrain where the World Championship 2009 will take place!
I'm really looking forward to it as it is always exciting to get to know new terrains. This week will be special for me in another way: as I was injured the last weeks it will be the first time I will be allowed to run again... I'm really looking forward to feel my legs running again and I hope that everything will be alright.
10mila in Skane- as a spectator
This year's 10mila was held in south Sweden, somewhat special
because otherwise it has always been around Stockholm. But Skåne
offered a great event with good organisation, nice terrain and
spring-feeling during the day (in the night the temperature fell down