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”
How to stretch, strengthen, and climb higher.
I started reading this book expecting to see things I already knew, and I was so pleasantly surprised. Continue reading “Book Review: Yoga for Climbers by Nicole Tsong”
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!
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”
The weather promised to be lovely, the guidebooks were tired of sitting in the corner and so we took an opportunity to get away for a few days. North Wales has become our favourite destination in the last few months – it’s seemingly close, yet has a completely different dynamic, allowing us to rest from things we deal with on a daily basis. Continue reading “Short Break in North Wales”
Now that my arms are functioning properly again, I can tell you about the handstand training masterclass I attended recently. Led by Felipe Salas, who can pretty much do anything upside down, it was a unique experience. Continue reading “Salt and Water Handstand Masterclass”
For some of you, this may not sound like a new concept, especially if you’re not a frequest Instagram user or if you are maybe not as involved with the yoga community as you’d like to be.I only discovered this last year, after having done yoga for nearly three years at that point, and boy do I wish I knew about this before. Continue reading “Instagram Yoga Challenges”
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”
Where do I even start? I must say, this had been the best Font trip to date, for many reasons. I feel inspired, ready to train in preparation for the next trip, as well as continue my yoga practice, and work on my nutritional awareness. Continue reading “Fontainebleau Trip”
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”