Inside The Newest Bouldering Centre in Birmingham

Photos kindly provided by Archie Cameron-Blackie

It’s no longer a secret – the Birmingham branch of The Depot which opened  last month is clearly the biggest centre in West Midlands solely dedicated to bouldering, and I get to work there! It has hundreds of set problems, two training mezzanine areas, a café, and even its own shop. Continue reading “Inside The Newest Bouldering Centre in Birmingham”

Make Nature Beautiful Again

If you are an outdoorsy person, I’m sure this happened to you. You go for a walk in the park and come across an abandoned tyre. You go for a run along the canals and notice all the bottles and cans floating in the water. You go climbing and find crisp packets when you reach the crag. You go hiking and step on a shard of glass. You’re foraging in the woods and find a used condom. You’re walking your dog and step into someone else’s dog’s faeces.

Thankfully, there’s an initiative to make nature beautiful again, cleaning up local nature reserves, woodland, parks and such like ran by a single person. It runs entirely on donations, so if it sounds like an initiative you’d like to support, you can do so by donating funds, or joining Ian on his clean-up trips. To learn more, click the links below!

Donate here!


Training Day at The Depot

On Monday, we left the house early and set the course for Manchester. As some of you may already know, I am soon starting a job at The Depot bouldering centre that will be opening in Birmingham very soon, so on Monday we went to their Manchester branch to receive some training. I won’t bore you with the details of the safety training, however there two reasons I wanted to capture this experience. Continue reading “Training Day at The Depot”

CWA Training

We came home from Font at 2 o’clock in the morning, and eight hours later I walked into Redpoint Birmingham, ready for my Climbing Wall Award training. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – I knew that by the end of it, I should have enough tools to teach people to climb and to belay, as well as deal with any problems that may occur during the sessions, and look out for potential risks as I run sessions at a climbing wall.  Continue reading “CWA Training”

Anna’s Inversions Workshop

I am still buzzing as I type this – it’s the first workshop I attended since starting Bend and Ascend, and it exceeded all my expectations. The workshop took three hours and if I manage to retain half the information I learned today, my practice will improve dramatically. Inversion workshops don’t ever promise you’d be able to do a handstand by the end of the session, but they give you all the tools you’ll need to achieve it if you keep working on it. Continue reading “Anna’s Inversions Workshop”