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Should we score climbing comps like Eurovision?

In this post I talk about how distorted the Olympic Combined format is, it’ll be followed up with an interview with the head routesetter for bouldering Percy Bishton. If you can’t wait for more Factor...

When to walk away?

Climbing is full of stories of the siege. Sometimes it’s a positive kind of mania, like Mark Leach on Cry Freedom. Sometimes it’s a standard-pushing necessity, like Steve McClure on Rainman, or Chris Sharma on Realisation. Sometimes...

On Style – Can you have too much?

When Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made the first ascent of the Dawn Wall in 2015 it was news around the world. So much so that my students, knowing I was a climber, started asking about...

Pammy Johal – Backbone

Pammy Johal grew up in Coventry. She’s a Sikh of Indian heritage and, obviously, a woman. Not all that unusual in Coventry, but as a Mountain Leader she is something of rarity. Pammy is...

Deep Play – Neil Gresham and Dr Rebecca Williams

“I climb better when I’m scared.”
I’ve heard this quite a few times. I even thought it was true about myself for a while in my earlier climbing career, but it surely can’t be true?We explore fear in climbing with Neil Gresham and Dr Rebecca Williams.

Black Lives Matter and the Outdoor Community

In light of recent protests I had a few “conversations” with people via social media and on web forums regarding the issues of representation or oppression within the climbing community. This was primarily regarding...

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