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It’s All About The Experience, Not The Grade

Yeah, yeah…. “Whatever!” I hear you say… All the climbers who’ve failed on their projects say this. Well of course they do. It’s only natural to try and focus on something positive out of what can appear a negative experience (at least on the outside).   Well, I’m switching this round. This time it’s not […]

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Spain. Sport. Recovery.

The last month for me has been all sport and no trad; in fact I think it might be the longest that I’ve not done a trad for…. ever….?? Being out in Spain is a pretty refreshing break from a pattern that I’ve followed each year where I go trad project mad each Spring. Last […]

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Mallory and Irvine’s Forgotten Challenge

It’s that time of the year again, when Pete and I get dressed up in fancy dress and take on the annual birthday challenge. We’ve done this for quite a few years now and this February marked our 6th birthday attempt on Master’s Edge at Millstone. In total (after talking about it down the pub this […]

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Wideboyz Lectures and Events – Spring 2015!

I think whilst everyone else was writing their new year’s resolutions, me and Pete were filling out diaries and phoning up climbing walls to organise events! 2014 was a pretty eventful year for both of us and one of the things we really enjoy doing is taking the climbing a full circle and giving something […]

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From “Wideboyz” to “Slender Gentlemen”

A few people that are unlucky enough to have to see myself and Pete regularly will know that we’ve spent the past winter improving on our crack climbing skills and taking things down a size or two. In fact it’s gone right down in size. We’ve by-passed hand jams and fists (aren’t they just belays […]

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The Wimberry Big One: Part 2

This is part 2 of a blog post that I started last night – if you haven’t got a clue what’s going on, then click on this link! Continued from yesterday………… I think it was Seb Grieve that immortalised the gritstoner’s mantra, “It’s all in the mind” when he climbed the E9 6c Meshuga at […]

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The Wimberry Big One; The Prow, Death and Harry Potter

The Saturday that’s just passed has got to be one of my all time best days out on grit. Ever since the day when me, Pete Whittaker and Nige Kershaw went to Millstone and did something like 10 E6-E8s between us (mostly flashed or onsighted), I’ve been wondering when it would be surpassed. I think […]

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Italian Trad Cracks: Part III

Each time that I book a trip to Europe for climbing, I get so excited. I dream of perfect lines, quality rock and sunny weather. These three factors are what keep you  motivated during the long dark winter months slogging away on the training. There’s an ultimate reward for your sacrifice made at the altar […]