Rocklands

The land of incredible sunsets, breathtaking scenery, malva pudding and boulders as far as the eye can see. I had heard so much about the area that I had a good idea of what to expect.  I can confirm it lives up to the hype, the expectation, the stories.  It goes above and beyond that, by far. I settled into the way of life there easily.  It is a very simple one.  Wake up, drink coffee, go climbing, cook on the braai, go to sleep.  Repeat.  Day in, day out. I love the simplicity ...

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Studio Bloc Masters

I am totally drained, but in the best way possible.  As I lie in bed writing, my skin tingles with the feeling of fresh grazes and bruises rubbing against the cheap hotel bedding.  It is sore to press the keys down to type as my pads are so thin.  My brain feels numb, with so much processing and effort having been used today.  My feet are squealing with delight as they wiggle free against the mattress, having finally being allowed to move after hours squeezed into tight shoes. When I ...

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Women’s Climbing and Yoga Retreat

From the 22nd to the 31st August I will be running a Women's Climbing and Yoga Retreat in Rocklands, South Africa!  I will be running this alongside two yoga teachers from Austria, called Marissa and Crystal. To find out more information about the retreat please follow the link below. https://marissalandyoga.com/climbing-yoga-retreat/ Please note places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.  

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BIFF 2017

The Beastmaker International Footless Festival.  The most crazy, exciting and ridiculous event I have been involved in.  Every year it gets bigger and better, but this year took it to another level.   Firstly, there were qualifying rounds.  I went along to the Manchester round a few weeks ago, and had an absolute blast, it turned out however it was merely a flavour of how good the final would be.  The final of the event was held on Saturday at The Climbing Works, with around 80 ...

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A Mad Month…and a bit

Where to start?!  The past month and a bit has been a very crazy one. First stop was the Women's Climbing Symposium, at the Depot in Manchester.  The event this year had over 400 women in attendance - very impressive!  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a question and answer session with my nutritionist Rebecca Dent.  I was pretty nervous, as I've not really done much public speaking before but I think it went well!  Looking forward to doing some more!  I also got to take ...

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A Year On

Almost a year ago to the day I started working with Mark Glennie and training with Shauna and Leah. Over the last 12 months I have learnt a lot, about me, my climbing and what I want my life to be like.  Its pretty amazing how much can change in one year and how time works its magic.  The past year has allowed me to begin to understand numerous things, however I am very aware this is only me scratching the surface of what I will learn throughout my climbing career. I've learnt to accept ...

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Austria

The comfy seat envelops me, its squidgy cushion supporting my tired body.  I can hear the hum of the trains engine, and whirring past the window I see mountains suspended in spider web like clouds.  I am on my way home, from an amazing outdoor climbing trip! Quite a last minute flight booking saw me packing my boots to go and visit friends in Tirol, Austria.  I'd met Toby and Marissa around a year ago in the UK where we'd climbed on the grit together.  They're the kind of people that are ...

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Digging Deep

Last weekend was a whirlwind of excitement. The British Bouldering Champs took place right in the centre of Sheffield.  This event is one I always look forward to, and this year was definitely no exception.  I was majorly psyched!  Qualifiers were fun (apart from the rain) with some techy vert, grooves and volume grappling.  The highlight, for me, had to be making it to the top of the grim volume bloc - only Shauna and I sent it!   Sunday dawned and so did the sunshine, ...

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Bravery and Madness

The other week I experienced being ridiculously tired, potentially the most tired I've ever been.  I'm not just talking about being a bit weary or sore from a few days of training.  I'm talking about feeling like you can't even move because you're brain won't connect to your body.  I'm talking about needing a nap before trying to drive home from the wall.  But maybe, the most shocking thing of all, I'm talking about being so tired I turned to drinking coffee! This has never happened ...

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From a Snail to a Cheetah

The snail, a slimy slow creature that seems to never get anywhere and when it attempts to run it can't.  I think this is a great description of the old me, I was slow and I felt a bit lost and I really couldn't run. The cheetah, a beautiful striking animal with power, finesse and ultimate speed and intent.  That is what I'm striving to be. I have begun a transformation, from a snail into a cheetah, or thats how I see it anyway.  Things have changed a lot over the past couple of ...

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