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  • Sponsored Athlete: Sarah Pashley Climbs In Briancon - Haut-Alps

    Sitting in the middle of a European summer heatwave thinking all is lost. Me and my partner Ash were starting to lose hope of a successful climbing trip due to the 40+ degrees. We had spent most of the summer in Magic Wood, which is usually a cool summer destination but even this was getting too hot to climb in. In despair, we messaged friends hoping that someone had a suggestion to avoid the extreme European heat. One of our friends mentioned Briancon, a relatively unknown area until the recent publication of the “Briancon Climbs” guide book by the Rolland family who bolted most of the routes in the area. Continue reading

  • Psychi Sponsored Climber Kevin Shields: Climbing In Scottish Highlands

    In a year full of hospital appointments for injury and ailments I’ve managed to get out and about in the Scottish Highlands when it’s not been raining. Unfortunately it’s been an exceptionally wet year even by Highland standards.

    The first good thing I did was a new route out at Lochailort. The climbing here suits me, slabby and bold giving a physical and mental challenge. Climbing new routes is what it’s all about for me these days. The whole journey from searching for crags and lines to cleaning them and figuring out the moves through to climbing and naming them, I just love it.

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  • Psychi Sponsored Climber Frederica: Passion Overcomes Limits

    One year is passed since I became a Lawyer.

    Yes, a Lawyer!

    It was 16 September 2016 when I was sitting in front of the State examinations team, trying to answer all their question, and when I heard: “Congratulation Miss Califano, You earned the title of Lawyer”, I felt like that moment when you are able to top a boulder problem you where trying for ages, doing all your best, dedicating all your time, and at the end, when you topped it, you can fell a kind of freedom and happiness, difficult to find in everyday goals.

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  • Sponsored Athlete Trip - Rachel Carr in Rocklands

    I recently returned from one of the best and worst trips I've ever had. I was lucky enough to spend the whole of July in Rocklands, South Africa, an experience I will never forget and a venue I will be returning to as often as possible. Continue reading

  • Falling In Love All Over Again - By Sponsored Athlete Rachel Carr

    rachelcarrFalling in love all over again.

    I’ve always been a very competitive person, which is not something I'm very proud of. I find it makes me compare myself to others far too much. Instead of using grades as my benchmark I've often used others, in competitions, in training and more recently outdoors. I have struggled to get past this competitive streak and become more at peace with my climbing. Only recently was I able to walk away from the addictive nature of comps and instead focus my attention outdoors. I had heard talks from people like Mina-Leslie Wujastyk about her journey from competitions to the outdoors and how it had completely changed her outlook. Although her strength to move away from it all inspired me, I had never considered that I would end up doing the same. It was only after completing my final year as a junior on the British team that I realised climbing outdoors might be an alternative option. Being on the team and competing in Europe meant that most if not all my holiday time at work was used in order to go to these comps, and at the time I saw no issue with that. Now that I'm using that time for trips that last weeks rather than days, and I'm walking away completely satisfied and happy every time, I realise that I may not have enjoyed competitions as much as I once thought. Continue reading

  • Bodypower Expo 2017 Returns!

    The weekend of Friday 12th May 2017 through to Sunday 14 May 2017 sees the return of BodyPower Expo at the NEC, Birmingham. When I discovered the exhibitors to the event, I knew this event was huge in the international fitness market. My favourite Brands such as Optimum Nutrition, Grenade, Alphalete and BPI will all be there with many more fitness brands.

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  • Our Athlete Joe Swales On Juggling Being A Climber Vs. Being A Student

    January this year (2017) was one of the busiest times of my university career. Having just received my first 3 month meso from coaches Tom and Dave at Insight climbing, it was nose to the grindstone, time to get STRONGER!! However, things were not as simple as they appeared. The uni had thought it would be a giggle to throw me 6 exams (like 6 parties but full of stress and anxiety rather than beer and fun), summing to a third of my entire degree. Great. Continue reading

  • What Is Liquid Chalk

    Liquid Chalk is an advanced formula designed to enhance grip both on your hands and feet. Not only does it enable a stronger grip, but it lasts longer than other weaker forms of chalk and dries much faster and reduces sweat. 

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  • Sponsored Athlete Connor Dickinson's Summer In Yangshuo Climbing Moon Hill

    This year was the first time I spent the summer in Yangshuo and with temperatures reaching to the high 30’s, (90+ degrees for those across the Atlantic), climbing conditions where not exactly what you would call ‘primo’.

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  • An Update From Our Sponsored Athelete, Joe Swales

    Joe SwalesBack to training. For a while now I’ve been looking to get back into competition climbing, it’s not that I ever left competitions but more I just had few opportunities to compete in them. After leaving the junior comp scene a couple of years back it almost appeared as though there weren’t as many comps for seniors as there were juniors, which to a certain extent is true. The junior comp scene offers several national comps a year, almost small milestones throughout the year to train for amongst different trips. However, when approaching senior comps, unless several local comps are enough to keep motivation high the big competitions are few and far between so if for any reason you can’t make one, the wait to the next one feels like an age. So although I still turned up to comps and tried hard, I never trained specifically for them, so in a way I wasn’t really as bothered. To further this, I feel like I had also forgotten why I was competing. I was competing because “I’m a comp climber” and “that’s my discipline, it’s what I do”, when really I needed time out of training and to just go climbing! I think it’s very easy to get caught up in training and phases and different cycles and lose sight of why we actually climb, train and compete. Continue reading

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