I’m a professional climber from Scotland with an interest in all things climbing! My specialty is Trad Climbing, Training and all things ClimbingGear.
Yes, some people do scream when climbing and it can help by blocking out any lingering negative thoughts that may be holding them back from performing to their full potential. Transcript: "Is it true? You scream when you're climbing some people do some people don't I certainly do give a little power scream when I'm really trying hard sometimes a little grunt it's the same thing that you see in tennis players when they go to smash the ball down the court, they give a yell. Now, the way I see it is, sometimes you have a little - lingering thoughts when you're trying really hard. Hard and sometimes, just giving a little power scream, giving a little grunt can help, kind of just block out any negative thoughts. You've got in there, that might be holding you back from performing to your very maximal level."
When I'm rock climbing, I don't wear gloves because you need to have sensitivity through your fingers. However, when doing winter climbing or alpinism, wearing gloves is a necessity as it prevents frostbite. Transcript: "Do you wear gloves when you climb? Well, when I'm rock climbing. I definitely don't wear gloves when I was younger. I just started climbing, I found climbing very painful, my skin was always sore because I wanted to climb so much. I thought climbing the gloves would be a good idea. I tried it once I never did it again because you just lose all sensitivity through your fingers, and you really need to know what you're gripping onto when you're climbing, especially when you want to climb at your maximal level, the one exception to this. This is during winter climbing or alpinism when you're not actually having to grab ahold of holds rock or rocky protrusions, but you're actually holding onto ice axes. So the sensitivity through your hand isn't as important, therefore, you can get away with using gloves. In fact, it's actually necessity to wear gloves because if you went when I'm climbing without gloves, your fingers would fall off from frostbite."
There is no set number of people that need to put in their impact before a grade can be given, as it depends on the subjective opinions of each individual. Generally, a consensus can be reached after a few repeaters have given their input, but this can vary depending on the size and strength of each climber. Transcript: "How many people need to put in their impact before a grade can be given turret. So generally the first essentialist gives a suggested grade to a climb and this is usually accepted until repeaters have given a consensus on what they think. Usually a consensus is, can a given pretty quickly after the first couple of repeaters, but only after I think you know many many Repeaters, does a true consensus actually come down to the grade. The thing we're climbing grades though, is they're incredibly subjective? It massively. Depends on your height, your reach, individual strengths and weaknesses. And you know what's a 74? Someone can be SMB for another person, can be a 64. Another person. I like to think that all grades are plus or minus 1 grade either and either side, but sometimes can be as much as two or three grades, if you are extremely Short or overly tall for a particular sequence."
My favorite rock climbing film of all time is First Ascent, a 2006 Peter Mortimer film about Swiss climber Ebert o and his attempt to make the first ascent of Cobre Crack in Squamish Canada. It's a different type of story that you usually don't see in climbing media, and it stands out as being one of the best. Transcript: "What are your favorite rock climbing, films on why? Well, I would say that's a really easy one. My favorite kind of film of all time is First Ascent. So, Peter Mortimer, film from a Circa 2006. I remember that because it was a year. After I started climbing, I was 16 years old and that's one of those films that for me was really influential to the type of climber and that I wanted to become The film follows the protagonist did Ebert o Swiss tread climber and a guy he was very focused on crack climbing the early days he got the first Ascent the first traditionalist and I should say a firm offer green spit in the Arc of a lie. Which is this beautiful roof crack and the film follows him as he is attempting to make the first Ascent of cobre crack in Squamish Canada. And I think the beautiful thing about that film is, there's nothing pretentious about it. It's just following a dirtbag. Climber, someone who is just, so, not only an armored with climbing and has a very specific goal and project. I don't want to give anything away because, you know, it's a film that you guys might enjoy, but it's a really amazing story and it it fault. It's just different. It's a different type of story that you You usually see and cleaning media and these are fair big heavy budget films that time when there really wasn't that sort of thing in climbing. And yeah, I really enjoyed the story. I think it still think that to this day it stands out as being one of the good ones."
During the lockdown in 2021, the most surprisingly nice place I ever climbed was a local Crag five minutes away from my house. After months of not being able to climb, it felt amazing to be outside and enjoy climbing again with friends. Even though it was probably one of the worst Crags in the world, it was the best thing ever in that moment. Transcript: "Where was the most surprisingly nice place you've ever climbed? Well this one is a little bit more situational. It was during the lockdown in the spring of 2021. We haven't climbed in months because climbing was banned in the UK for a period. And when climbing was finally allowed, again we went to the local Crag. Five minutes on my house where I take my dogs walking and we had never enjoyed going climbing, so much after months and months of doing absolutely nothing. Just hanging on a finger boards or climbing in our little indoor boards in our, in our sheds. Finally, we're allowed to go out climbing. It was beautiful. There's a wonderful day. There was people at the Crags, a big group of us and it was just nice to be outside and enjoying climbing again. And the funny thing about that crack is it's probably one of the worst Crags. In the world is pure Choice, the holder literally falling off, but just in that moment, at that time, it was the best thing ever."
Everyone has a stronger arm, usually the one that leads when climbing. Training with Mira boards can help even out strength between both arms. Transcript: "Do you have one Army favor and climbing? I think everybody always has a strong arm. I know for a fact that my left hand is stronger than my right? But interestingly my right arm is stronger than my left. I'm right handed and I think it makes sense because because I'm right handed, I lead with my right hand but it also means I'm locking with my left. So usually my left hand stays a little bit longer on the Hold my right hand catches the next hold. So I think for that matter for that reason my left hand has somehow gotten stronger than my right by the. Everyone always has one hand or one arm, they favored over the other. I think a lot of the time, it's neurological so it just feels more natural to to go to the next handled in climbing. In training for climbing, we get these training apparatus called, Mira boards were the holds on one. Side of the Border exactly the same as in the left but mirrored that way we can train both sides equally often I find that one side I find significantly harder than the other and usually it all has to do with which hand is leading first."