• Participating In Bouldering World Cup's - By Jen Wood, Team GB & Psychi Athlete

    After graduating from Sheffield University last summer I had put aside this year to train and compete almost full time. I spent most of the winter indoors at the wall or on the fingerboard building up to the CWIF, the competition used as team selection for the year ahead. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform well, determined to be selected for the World Cups. Luckily, despite quite a few wobbles, I finished in 10th place and qualified for the full World Cup season. Continue reading

  • 7 Intermediate Climbing Techniques To Learn

    In part one, we talked about seven basic climbing moves and what we use them for. Now, it’s time to expand the knowledge base a little more with intermediate climbing moves to help you consolidate or even push your grades.

    With anything, developing skills comes down to practice, failure and repetition, so don’t feel disheartened if you don’t pick it up straight away, I find personally that failure is more of an asset than a problem. In this portion of the knowledge base series, we will be looking at intermediate climbing moves but we will also look more into what our hands as well as what our feet should be doing. Continue reading

  • A Rocky Road - A Rockland Saga - By Rachel Carr

    Rocklands is a place loved by many. It often brings such joy and amazement to those who visit, and rarely disappoints. For me however, it seems to hold a lot of pain and disappointment. It feels as though the place itself is out to get me or is constantly testing me and my love for climbing, to see whether my intentions are true, and I can only hope that after everything, I have proven my worth. Continue reading

  • Why do we use chalk whilst climbing?

    If you are new to the climbing world or have ever seen videos or images of people climbing, you may be curious as to why climbers are always dipping their hands into bags of chalk. Well, to explain this strange ritual I have created a short blog to put your inquisitive minds at ease! Continue reading

  • Plastic Not So Fantastic... The Problem With Plastic Waste Pollution

    Here at Psychi it’s our first day back from our ‘Beach Bouldering’ trip to the most westerly peninsular on the British mainland - Ardnamurchan. We’d been eyeing up the spot for a while on account of it’s decent gabbro rock, turquoise waters, and remoteness, and the place did not disappoint. It was a weekend of freak unending sun, idyllic bouldering and coastal scrambling in one of the most untouched coastlines on the Scottish west coast.

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  • Melloblocco vs Melloblocco on tour - Psychi sponsored athlete Federica Califano

    Melloblocco is an International climbing meeting which usually takes place every year, since 2004, in Val Masino and Val di Mello, in the north of Italy. During the various editions this event has reached more than 3000 climbers and 8000 participants that came from all over the world, and the interest of the most famous professional climbers and international sponsors, guarantees every year a significant increase in participants and activities offered. Continue reading

  • 7 Bouldering & Climbing Moves For Beginners

    It didn’t take me long to catch the climbing bug after my first visit to a local climbing centre, I would say I was pretty much hooked on climbing from the get go and while back then doing the easy stuff was an intense challenge, my performance and ability improved significantly after I began learning to use my body to my advantage. Learning a handful of basic moves used during a climb helped me learn more about my body, my flexibility and what I can achieve through body shape and position.

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  • 5 Fun Tips On Training for Indoors Climbing

    When you’re new to climbing, the prospect of training can be daunting. You see the people who have been at the centre a while on the training area, doing endless pull ups and folding themselves in ways you didn’t think you could whilst hanging by their finger-tips, you know; serious fun. Training may get more elaborate as you progress, but it doesn’t start out that way. Don’t run before one can walk as they say, and it’s pretty good advice. In this article, I’ll talk about the things that helped me get stronger and fitter when I was starting out; and while I am by no means academically qualified, I have picked up my knowledge over the years of climbing through experience, researching and learning from other climbers and athletes.

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  • 7 Tips For Your First Time Climbing Outdoors

    Eventually, whether somebody is new to climbing or not, most climbers will venture outdoors onto real rock. If this is you, or soon to be you, you won’t regret it. Outdoor climbing offers so much more in climbing route variation, difficulty and skill learning, plus; the views are always worth the journey. If you’ve spent all of your time at indoor walls then the tips in this guide may be just what you need, climbing outside has differences and similarities to indoors so some things will be the same, others may be new to you. Either way, it’s time to play out!  Continue reading

  • Mental Approach To Climbing - By Sponsored Athlete Kevin Shields

    Run out way above gear, hands sweating, heart racing, foot beginning to Elvis, groundfall potential, brain fighting to process everything, on a scary slab and you can’t just pull harder so what makes the difference???? Your mind……..

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