NY Resolutions Actually Worth Making

Every New Year’s Day comes with a wave of people bravely declaring their intentions to change their life. Ah, the New Year’s Resolutions! Ironically, they are often recycled from the year before – top five include losing weight, buying something significant – like a car or a house, unattainable amount of travel destinations, or books to read, or films to see. The key to sticking to your intentions is to start small and focus on quality vs quantity. Diving head first into the new lifestyle of yours gets overwhelming, so you have a cheat day. And then comes the guilt, so you find an excuse to postpone going back to your chosen resolution. The more radical the change, the more hesitant you become. So here is a list of New Year’s resolutions actually worth making, along with tips on easing yourself into it. Continue reading “NY Resolutions Actually Worth Making”

Product Review: Pongoose Climber 700

I was immediately drawn to PC700 after seeing tutorial videos, eagerly waiting for the product to be released so that I could order one. I did have a slight worry on the back of my mind that maybe it’s not as easy to use as it is shown, or that maybe its functionality is a little bit exaggerated. Thankfully, Ian and I were taking a trip to Dorset the following weekend so luckily for us, we had the Pongoose crew with us for our first experience, ready to show us the ropes (ha!) and answer any questions we may have had. Continue reading “Product Review: Pongoose Climber 700”

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!

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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”