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  • Psychi Partners With The Foundation Of British Sport Climbing

    As interest in climbing continues to grow across the country, it can often be dis-heartening to learn about the lack of available facilities and also the training available to those who are just starting out.

    At Psychi, we understand this.

    When we learned about the FBSC and what it could offer the community, we felt that their approach to providing support for amateur and elite athletes alike was an ethos that should be supported and promoted, and that’s why we provided £10,000 of funding to help the FBSC continue on their mission.

    But who are the FBSC?

    The Foundation of British Sports Climbing was founded in 2017, by a group of enthusiastic climbers who realised that there simply aren’t enough facilities and training sessions available to all of those who wish to learn more about the sport in the UK. To learn more about the FBSC, you can watch our video here.

    While there are more affluent individuals who can afford private lessons, the vast majority of new climbers are in no position to do so – nor are they in a position to afford the majority of accessories necessary to get started.

    So, wouldn’t it be great if an organisation was willing to provide these amenities and services to the climbing community without breaking the bank?

    The FBSC charges members a mere £25 per year, and in return these members have unlimited access to all the training sessions they provide throughout the year held by seasoned professionals, and the ability to join a fledgling organisation at a grass roots level to help it expand and provide even more support to the community.

    This support extends not just to those who are new to the sport, however, as the FBSC also helps professional athletes who are looking to further their career in the international world of climbing.

    By supporting pro elite athletes, the profits made from the sponsorships from companies hoping to see their name emblazoned across well known stars of the UK climbing scene can be poured back into the FBSC, helping to provide further support and facilities to those who simply enjoy climbing for the love of the sport, and do not wish to compete on a professional level.

    So, how will the partnership between the FBSC and Psychi help people like me?

    After seeing the success enjoyed by the FBSC after the completion of the The Hub GB at Rockover Climbing in Manchester, we couldn’t help but see the potential.

    The Hub GB opened in October 2017, and is one of the UK’s largest competitive walls – offering problems from V2 all the way to World Cup standards.

    At 26m in length, this full-height competition wall has been used daily by those who wish to push themselves further than standard commercial climbing walls would allow. This wall, alongside the excellent monthly training sessions held by some of the biggest names in UK climbing has seen a huge increase in the size of the organisation…also helping to promote the hugely popular GB Titans competitions that are currently scheduled twice a year, where your can see the biggest names competing on some of the hardest routes.

    Why should I consider joining the FSBC?

    Psychi has always supported climbers of all ability levels, and will always do so. Moreover, knowing that we can provide support for our customers, while also helping the community to grow as a whole made a partnership with the FSBC inevitable.

    The aim of the partnership is to help provide top-of-the-line training facilities and sessions for everyone from beginners to competitive professionals in multiple locations across the country, while also helping to promote British climbing and ensure that we remain competitive on the international stage.

    We encourage anyone in the climbing community who wants to see an increase in the provision of elite facilities in areas where availability is currently limited to visit their website, register, and work with us to promote UK climbing at every level.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

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