🙌@catalystclimbing Creatures Team🙌
SO proud of these guys for their performance at @blokfestuk @boulderbrighton on Saturday :D
This round seemed to have a harder set of blocs than last time, which ended up being a good lesson in mental resilience for the team; they felt like they were performing terribly, but pushed on anyway despite feeling frustrated and unconfident (not an easy feat, in my personal experience).
@ravennest44 Mia 🥇
And here’s the hero that is @jg.climbing, who absolutely smashed it (topped all 25 blocs, 24 of them as flash) to take his first 🥇:D
🙌 @blokfestuk 🙌
Thanks for another AWESOME event :D
Congrats to @mattcousins_ @mike.langley12 @gazparry on a perfect set of blocs, thank you to @boulderbrighton for hosting, and a HUGE thank you to the amazing crowd tonight! 🙏
Very happy to take 🥇 again, hoping I can keep my streak of good luck going a little longer... ;)
Managed to flash all the qualifying blocs at @blokfestuk @boulderbrighton and heading into finals in first place :D wish me luck!
🎥 skills: @bestboulders
And MASSIVE congrats to the @catalystclimbing Creatures Team for their performance in the junior comp this morning! 5 athletes managed to get 3 x🥇 and 1 x 🥈 between them 💪
Is this a boulder problem or a route? Either way it felt HARD!
Always interesting to see how much confidence levels affect performance. Mostly I pay attention to this when I’m coaching others, but I forget to look closely at the reasons behind my own dips in performance sometimes! No skin and a lack of any regularity to my training recently had me filled with doubts about my climbing during this and a few other sessions, usually along the lines of “well of course you feel weak, you haven’t been training at all!”
Don’t know how many times I need to prove to myself “strong thoughts = strong climbing”... a small bit of progress on this climb suddenly had me feeling full of power and psyche and I was able to top it a few attempts later, having felt 1000 miles away before the change in psychology 🧐
The 2nd @youthclimbingsymposium was INCREDIBLE!
So many psyched young climbers (and their even-more-psyched parents ;D), an awesome venue @oakwoodclimbing and an outstanding line up of coaches!
An honour to work alongside @leahcraneclimbing
And loads of help from @catalystgil @jo_the_coach @oakwoodclimbing coaches and @apexclimbingcoaching.
A HUGE congratulations and thanks to @robinoleary and @jon_redshaw for organising such a spectacular event, truly amazing work guys :D
Next Gen 💪💪💪
Had a smashing session run by @jo_the_coach with the @catalystclimbing Creatures Team at @yondere17 last night :D
These guys absolutely crush, and it’s so much fun getting to train with them!
Earlier this week, @vauxwall East had a visit from a true hero. One of the greatest climbers to ever live, his achievements inspire millions, and to boot he’s genuinely lovely, down to earth and one of the most humble guys you could hope to meet.
Also, some randomer called “Alex Honnlove” was there, but apparently he’s no big deal ;)
Thanks for bearing with my fanboying @alexhonnold and letting me interrupt your session to take a selfie with you; it made me VERY happy :D
I cannot WAIT for this...
@lasportivagram Legends will be screened live at the @duchyarms Pub near to @vauxwall (the awesome people who organised the screening!), this is going to be so much FUN!
Come join me for a pint and to yell encouragement/abuse at the competitors on the screens ;D
Ludicrously glorious and absolutely unnecessary - a summary of climbing ;)
I could watch this video all day long. @luna.will of the @catalystclimbing Creatures Team dynoing into a human flag on a bloc I set at @harrowall.
Cris is THE guy to see for #climbingphysiotherapysolutions. He’s a true expert in the field, a lifelong climber himself (he’d never admit it, but he used to CRUSH ;D) and has saved me and countless other climbers from injury over and over again throughout the years.
If you’ve recently become a bit broken, or you’re perfectly healthy and want to stay that way, go and see him ASAP!
That @climbskinspain Silicium Gel you can see Cris brandishing is pretty ace too! Great for massaging joints and muscles post-climbing session, and (probably irrelevant) it smells AMAZING.
Another clip from @blokfestuk @harrowall last night :D
This dyno almost cost me the win... it was MUCH further than I was expecting, and after two minutes of effort I still hadn’t managed to get anywhere! HUGE relief to finally stick it near the end of my time limit :D
@blokfestuk at @harrowall was MEGA!
Started off the morning watching the @catalystclimbing Creatures Team smash the junior comp 🙌 then went on to claw my way into finals and finish in the top spot after a VERY close battle for the final problem!
Well done @blokfestuk for organising yet another spectacular event, to the routesetters @mike.langley12 @gazparry @billyridal @andrewyorkieyork, to @harrowall for hosting a truly superb wall, and to all the climbers who came and crushed together 🙏
Congratulations to @beastlysquirrel 🥈 and @nathan_whale 🥉 and @jenwood 🥇 @francesbensley 🥈and Sophie Cole 🥉for fighting hard on the great blocs, and thank you to an AWESOME audience :D
The @catalystclimbing Creatures Team is 🔥🔥🔥!!!
It was so amazing this morning to watch the team smashing the junior qualifiers of @blokfestuk; all but one of them on the podium (he must have been tired from making finals of a comp last weekend!) and multiple 🥇, 🥈 and 🥉 places :D A huge congratulations, champs!
Now back to training for them, and on to the Senior Qualifiers for me... let’s just hope I can match the Creatures’ performance... ;)