Archives for April 2016

Pierce Goes Bouldering

Look, I never claimed to be a Mountaineer.  When you read these posts, you get exactly what you expect, the mumbled ravings of a lunatic brain-addled by caffeine which by some act of fate land in (barely) coherent sentences.  So I feel no guilt when I say this report is about a trip to Fairhead….for bouldering.

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A Practically Pointless Peak Trip: Part 3

Impressed as you all must be (for who could not be?) by my ability to talk for great distances of time, and great periods of space, the Peak reports are at an end (thank god).  If you made it this far, well you might as well finish it hadn’t you.

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Moving When Climbing

In a vague attempt to create a kind of basic online reference I am going to start trying to write a (small) series of articles on here, explaining different aspects of climbing and how you can use them to improve. Hopefully. I mean, that’s the plan. Bear with me if it’s just drivel. I’m not a professional, and there’s a reason I didn’t do an English A-level…

Anyway, I thought we’d start off with how you move when climbing.

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Balance and Tension

Who’s psyched for the second installment of ‘Alex does a bad job of explaining things he doesn’t understand: The Climbing Edition’? (No, me neither…)

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Types of Holds and How to Use Them

I never thought I’d see the day when a joke article would get fewer up votes than a real one, especially in this club. So, back to actual advice it is…

In the previous articles, I’ve used terms to discuss holds and moves, but didn’t explain them, so this time I thought I’d go through them, and hopefully get people using them more efficiently.

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Moves and Body Positions

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the break from my inexpert ‘teaching’, because I’ve now returned to finish the second half of the last article I started (Types of holds and how to use them), where I promised to go through moves and body positions when climbing. However, this topic is something that really needs some form of demonstration (I seem to say that every time, don’t I?), so even though I’ll do my best, check other sources and/or bother someone with enough experience at the wall.

To the overly confusing descriptions!

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Setting Routes Indoors

This article is going to take things in a bit of a different direction: setting. First of all, I’m not going to be covering any of the mechanics of setting; they’re better off done at the wall, where we can demonstrate the systems and issues involved. This will be purely about improving the quality of your setting. Secondly, I really must stress that everything I say here will be my own personal opinions and theories, occasionally backed up by anecdotal evidence, conversations with other setters and general consensus.

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