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The changing perceptions of summer

Your perceptions of a ‘disappointing’ summer change quite substantially when outdoor climbing is the main goal.

This summer has at times felt distinctly British – we’ve had a coupe of properly hot weeks so far and a couple with mid-twenties temperatures in the heart of the city, but most of the time leaving the house without a jacket and an umbrella hasn’t been advisable.

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No more lead fall practice at the Reach?

My climbing evening was well and truly ruined and I felt like I was back at school being told off by a teacher for wearing the wrong coloured socks. And I was so excited about going back to train at my favourite climbing gym in London, The Reach

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Climbing for beginners: How to start

So you have been thinking for a while about giving this climbing thing a go, and you’ve even talked your friend/colleague/significant other into trying it with you, but you just don’t know where to start and what to expect? Then this post is for you.

Going climbing for the first time can be quite daunting, especially if you decide to go on your own. Just like any other sport, being a beginner among experienced athletes takes a little bit of courage. But fear not – it isn’t hard to learn the basics, and if you go on a group induction you will not be the only beginner. Safety in numbers always helps!

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AcroYoga: learning to fly

“If this is your first Acro yoga lesson, it has been a bit of a baptism of fire,” said Jaqui Wan, the AcroYoga teacher who had just put us through two hours of trying to do things we didn’t know our bodies could do.

It turned out that in fact our bodies couldn’t really do these things, just as we had expected. We watched in awe as some of the more experienced AcroYogis flipped each other around – or “manhandled”, as Jaqui called it.

I had tried AcroYoga only twice before, and the first time was a very short experience, but I fell in love with it at first flight, so to speak. 

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New climbing videos project: Be inspired every day

This is a guest post from  Alex Street, the creator of, a new website bringing together all the best climbing videos to inspire climbers worldwide. Here, Alex tells you about his new project, which I really recommend you check out!
********************************************* is a blog I came across while researching some background on a film I was presenting on my website. Anna and I are both drawn to climbing and climbing culture. I loved Anna’s writing style and how she captured the conflict between society’s view of women and its assumptions about climbing. Given my project’s focus on climbing culture, I felt like-minded readers of Anna’s blog should be introduced to my website
The idea behind is a simple one: bring together the world’s most inspiring and professionally produced climbing videos. “Box” like TV, “Monkey” like climbing.
I believe this is something missing from today’s climbing websites. I don’t believe any website or app yet captures and expresses the artistry in climbing films. That’s the destination aspires to be.
A new, handpicked video is added every day and more than 300 videos are now available. We obsess over the photography used to present each film, using only the most inspiring, powerful and beautiful shots. So this extraordinary culture of cinematography that pursues and records climbing feats in remote, wild and extreme conditions is faithfully represented.
Find us at – the world’s most inspiring collection of climbing films.
So I hope readers of Anna’s blog enjoy the project. I think it’s no mistake that Shauna Coxsey has been one of the most visited areas of the site in recent weeks. It’s a reminder that in British climbing women are often outshining the men, and I’m glad Anna’s blog is giving s voice to that community.