Monday, 9 July 2012


I am very proud to announce ClimbCoach.

A climbing & bouldering training app that is designed to make planning, executing and recording training easier so that you can reach your goals more efficiently and effectively.

ClimbCoach is now on the Apple App Store here: ClimbCoach

It's been a long time coming - years of experience and knowledge from competing for Great Britain for 10 years and working in advertising have been poured into the app . . . but the actual idea was conceived and designed while I was sat in my campervan in Patagonia during rest days!

It's not all down to me though i must thank: Steve McClure, Ramon Marin & Stuart Coupe for all their efforts too.

Here are a few details of what you can expect to find in ClimbCoach:

-        Workouts - Over 20 individual climbing & bouldering specific workouts that can be chosen by equipment, fitness type, goal or discipline

-        All Levels - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Level workouts 

-        Training Diary – allows users to plan, record & review their training at the touch of a button

-        Workout Films - How-to-video workout films filmed with top international climbers Steve McClure 

-        Auto-timed Workouts - Fingerboard and Campus Board workouts

-        Wall Ticks - Record the routes or boulders you have climbed at your local gym.

-        Tick-lists – Test yourself on routes and problems to see how you are improving between sessions

-        Achievement Badges - Keep you motivated to reach that next level

-        Progress Graphs - Cumulative and average grade graphs to track your progress over 7, 30 and 90 day periods

-        Intelligent progress bar - Reminds you how far you got last workout and what you need to aim for next workout to improve

Check out the Facebook page here: Facebook

Or the website here: website

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Back to the real world

A short film made in Kalymnos with the help of ClimbCoach. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Valle Encantado - Argentina

Another country, another crag . . . but probably the best sport one we have visited in South America.

It was so good that we decided to spend two weeks between here (and Rapa Nui in Bariloche - a chocoloteria which served torta de mil hojas - a kind of meile fille on acid - amazing.) Check out the pictures, of the climbing that is- not the cakes.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

At last . . . something to climb.

After, far too many miles (4,000), a second continent and far too many sessions on one of these . . .

. . . we are climbing again. And in a truly magical, mysterious and mind-blowing place - Hatun Machay, Peru.

It's a place not only with exceptional climbing but great historical significance - as you wonder through and between the misty towers of climbing, and ancient stone huts

you often find 10,000 year old Moche arrow-heads scattering the floor

Anyway, enough of the history lesson, lets get down to the climbing! Here's a few shots i took, and had taken of me . . .

Monday, 27 December 2010

Check out our travel blog here . . .

As the climbing is literally NON EXISTENT in Central America please check out my travel-based blog here:

I will of course be uploading any climbing photos here as soon as we actually find some rock to climb!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New Hampshire & Yosemite

I visited New Hampshire for a week to warm up before 3 weeks of granite cracks in Yosemite late last September.

Jack Tracy, an old friend from London who's moved back home to the US recently, was our incredible host and showed us everything the state had to offer.

First stop was Cathedral where Mike and I aimed to get as much crack climbing in as possible (something i haven't really done before) so was promptly educated!

Next stop was Rumney for a day of sport climbing . . .

I was so pleased to have onsighted this awesome route; Predator 5.13a- an ambition since i first saw it in a photo years ago.

Next stop was Yosemite. . . what a slap around the face! Yosemite is its own style of climbing and a week of crack climbing was simply not enough preparation. It was a big mistake to have got on The Rostrum as the first route of the trip - i basically tried to layback the first 3 pitches before falling on the third 145' pitch and reaching the top with just a single sling and cam despite placing gear every 10 to 15 foot! What a pro!

Anyway, between getting rained out for a week and bouldering in Bishop and climbing in Owen's River, we did some classics- Nutcracker, Central Pillar of Frenzy etc and even managed to free The Leaning Tower and flashed many of the pitches (as a second!) & only fell on 3 pitches (3rd, last and one other?!) I vow to go back and free it some day soon!

A 2010 Team photo in front of one of Yosemite's Giant Redwoods

Friday, 5 November 2010

Mexico - El Chonta & Jilotepec


There are some crags you visit and you have seen it all before. . . and there are some crags which blow you away - El Chonta is one of them. And we were lucky to have a guided tour by mr chonta himself 'Mac'

It's a 7 pitch high limestone cave that is impossibly deep, steep . . .

. . . and literally dripping with tufas. I was lucky enough to onsight this the classic route of the cave, Atasco - 8a.

Our accommodation's location could not be any more wild. . .

. . . as neither could the ambience!

What a place.

p.s. We have heard that there isn't so much climbing south of Mexico . . . until you cross the Darien Gap and get to Ecuador, South America . . . we'll just have to learn how to surf!

Anyway, this wouldn't be a very interesting climbing blog without climbing content, so I will be writing another blog based on our travels from Mexico all the way through to Buenos Aires in Argentina you can find it here:

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Mexico & 11 More Countries . . .

After the States, the real journey began . . .

We have spent just over a month in Mexico and this has formed the start of our now 7 month trip starting here in Mexico and ending around 10,000 miles later in Argentina.

We'll be visiting:

- Guatemala
- El Salvador
- Honduras (very briefly)
- Nicaragua
- Costa Rica
- Panama (even more briefly)
- Ecuador
- Peru
- Bolivia
- Chile
- and finally Argentina!

Phew, I'm exhausted already and I haven't even started driving yet. . .

Although we will be trying to climb all the way along on this journey, we realise that there will be huge gaps where there is literally no rock, (where I will be finger-boarding in the van to try and retain some sort of fitness - unlikely, I know). This however, would not make for a very interesting climbing blog. So, although I will be posting the odd climbing photo and news on this blog I will be updating our travel blog. Check it out at:

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Ironman, 8c - Rodellar

Photography: Rob Gibson

I've been having a total blast over the last 2 months climbing in Spain and Ironman was really the culmination of the trip for me. Although i am on a nine month sabbatical from work and will be heading to Yosemite and Central and South America for 6 months now - i decided to dedicate the last 2 months to sport climbing in Northern Spain and have really surprised myself ticking a load of routes up to 8b+ quickly on red-point and on-sighting up to a few 8's up to 8a+ in a day.

I actually thought i wouldn't get an 8c ticked this trip as it has been dogged by such weird extremes of weather - it snowed twice, we experienced almost tropical thunderstorms (meaning 3 x 8c's i was trying were soaked for up to a week at a time), it reached 38 degrees . . . and I also had to return home for a month but decided to return for a week to get one done, and am so pleased that i made the effort!

Ironman is at Surgencia Sector in Rodellar. It is just over 40m high and about 20m overhanging. The route is split into two sections - a first 20m vertical technical section of about 7b+/7c and then a second 20m pitch after a ledge that's up to 45 degrees overhanging and weighs in at 8c itself.

From the ledge all the moves are big & powerful, the holds generally open-hand pinches and tufas . . . until you reach the headwall.

Here you find a technical sequence on undercuts which can easily be blown as you have to make 6 foot movements to make 2 hand-movements followed by 4 more moves on slopers for hands and feet to get into a position to clip the chain; which you have level with your face for what seems like an eternity!

It's only here why you appreciate why this route is called Ironman because it really does not give up until you clip the chain - after a knee-bar two moves into the 8c, there's nowhere to get a rest to truly get anything back because it is too steep. It's really a timing game - knowing how to pace your climbing and not letting any individual move take up too much energy that you'll need higher up on the crucial technical section.

I reached the crux - 2 metres from the chain on my first red-point after a day of work and naively thought i'd get it next go . . . but once again, that's why its called Ironman . . . those last 2 / 3 metres never ever let up and are definately the hardest part on the route especially after climbing 38metres to get there.

I red-pointed the route as it was starting to go dark on my last possible red-point on my final evening in Rodellar - it was an emotional experience!

Thanks must go to Harry Pennells for such incredible support belaying over the time i spent on it and to Rob Gibson who offered to take some shots at 6.30 am the next morning before i left Spain helped by Ramon Marin!

Thanks guy

Photography: Rob Gibson

Friday, 16 July 2010

A few snaps from part one of the trip . .

El Piton, 8a+ - One of the most classic & intimidating lines at Rodellar

Photographer: Alastair Lee

Geminis, 8b+, Rodellar

Photographer: David Pickford

One to keep a certain, sports nutrition sponsor happy!

Photographer: David Pickford

The 45m high, 20m overhanging Kalea Borroka, Siruana (Spot me if you can)

Photographer: Dave Pickford

More Geminis . . .

Photographer: David Pickford