September Slackline Workshops @ Boulder Brighton

septemberslacklineBBIt’s been a super busy summer – catch me at the tail end of our seasonal fun in the sun, this weekend at Boulder Brighton Climbing Centre’s Climbing Festival teaching 30 minute slacklining workshops, all abilities welcome!

 

 

Rest in Peace Dean Potter, you Wildman.

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5 years ago I was sat behind a computer surfing YouTube for whatever life-inspiring, risk taking madness I could find to ease my lack of direction in life. It’s a process one finds oneself in sporadically when motivation is low, senses dulled. I was in New Zealand at the time. I had the shared house to myself, leaving me to plugin to the web, searching for answers. That’s when I stumbled upon a 5 part documentary called ‘SkyWalker’.

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Week 3 of 12 – Everything Hurts | The Cloudfoot Diaries #59

Only 3 weeks in and I’m now in a lot of pain. My joints are aching. My tendons nagging. And my energy levels nowhere to be seen.

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Hints towards the flavour of overreaching are present. My appetite has decreased significantly and I’ve resorted to behaviour matching that of an insomniac when in bed. To be honest, it’s been a rough week. Time to reassess the programme some more. Training used to be fun!

A quick rundown of week 3;

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Birthday in the Sky : White Spider Climbing Centre | The Cloudfoot Diaries #40

The Cloudfoot antics continue, from wearing a microphone walking over a crowd with cold sweats and man flu, to being the master of ceremonies for the SEND indoor bouldering competition at White Spider Climbing Centre’s 2nd Birthday Party.

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The Van Life with Free Solo Climber Alex Honnold | The Cloudfoot Diaries #32

Take a tour with crazy free solo climber Alex Honnold, as he shows us his pimped out tranny van that he lives in when he’s on the road climbing super high shit.
I think it’s time I gave my van a bit of a makeover myself…

The video was made by GoalZero – a company specialising in portable power units in the form of batteries and solar panels. I was given a small GZ solar panel last year, but to be honest, using it in both European sunshine (high grade) and UK rays (low grade) was an absolute waste of time! Looks like they might have stepped up their game if they’ve got Honnold on board.

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Surfing Tree Canopies | The Cloudfoot Diaries #11

Friday afternoon was a race against the desk-junkies of the south. Beating the homeward traffic gush of released employees, we booked off our half days and headed in to the woodland, to rig a juicy slackline suspended in the trees and apparently on a private estate….
Whoops.

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How to climb a rope…with rope | The Cloudfoot Diaries #10

So, down at Locker 27, I had the pleasure the try and climb some rope, using nothing but rope. Usually, for rigging and access purposes, I would use equipment such as a Gri-Gri, foot loop, hand-ascender etc…. but fortunately, Matt was on hand to show me the good ol’ tree surgeons’ way. Check it out

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Water Loading, Backflips and Photoshoots | The Cloudfoot Diaries #1

The sun seems to be returning and the light is in sight to signify the end of winter; a powerful time of year for any van dweller!

This weekend had an action packed itinerary, including : slackline workshops at Boulder Brighton’s anniversary Climbing Competition, the re-introduction of carbohydrates to my body after a week’s depletion, and a creative, athletic photo shoot with photographer Jack Daly.

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Read on to find out more from this first instalment of The Cloudfoot Diaries…

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November Slackline Workshop at Boulder Brighton

The open workshops I have been teaching at Boulder Brighton climbing centre have been going really well! This was my second session, focusing on Jumping techniques on the slackline. We had a great turn out, and lots of people landed their first few airs!

The next workshop will be held on Thursday December 5th. Check this event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/59160…

See you there!

October Slackline Workshop at Boulder Brighton

October saw the first open slackline workshop held at the awesome new Boulder Brighton indoor bouldering centre.

I had the pleasure of teaching loads of people throughout the evening a variety of techniques for walking and balancing, some basic tricks and an introduction to mounting the line safely.

Here’s the video clip from the workshop, the next one is on November 7th and will follow a similar format; turn up, learn some cool new stuff, pick my brains on anything you want and hopefully leave a better slacker than when you arrived!