My self-experiment was to learn how to rock climb, in 16 weeks. I set myself the challenge of reaching a V6 bouldering, and/or a 7a sport grade.
I was what you would term a royal newbie. My background of slacklining, weight-lifting and MMA would prove to be advantageous, however, as I undertook a completely new and different physical challenge.
By the end of the 16 weeks, I had reached bouldering grade V5, and even sent my 7a sport climb, after weeks and weeks of attempts.
I achieved it all by hacking the learning process, discarding the useless info, people and attitudes, and embracing relentless change in the name of achievement. Not to mention suffering an injury and healing it in record time.
This post should help explain how I achieved my climbing goals, briefly cover how I got injured and what I did to rehabilitate, and offer you some resources and tips so that you too, can push your climbing grade, whether you’re a noob or a veteran.
I’ve tried to include the 20% of vital knowledge I gained over the 16 weeks that contributed to 80% of my results, to save you wading through…
The Castle Climbing Centre’s chief rigger messaged me asking if I wanted to jam on their super-aesthetic highline for the annual Garden Party. I was so stoked I temporarily forgot how to type a response! The garden party exhibited the new, outdoor feature boulders in the Castle’s garden, a site dating right back to the crazy, gothic architectural times of the mental Victorians. Here’s how the day went, including my highline ritual exposed, my first dyno comp and a collection of awesome photos. Continue reading →