It is clear to us as climbers, that climbing is the greatest sport ever! But to an outsider, it may not be clear. Why do you torture yourself on that wall? Why would you squeeze your feet into those shoes? You could just go hiking! Well, we could, but for a climber, hiking is just a means of getting to the crag! Climbing is cool and I’ll tell you why! Continue reading >
Ahead of the upcoming IFSC Combined World Championships in Japan (11th – 21st August 2019), we take a look at how the qualification for the Olympic Games in Tokyo works!
All in all there will be 40 climbers competing at the Olympic Games; 20 men and 20 women, with a maximum of two men and two women per country. Continue reading >
Have you ever noticed how much fun kids have when they’re doing handstands and cartwheels? That is probably because kids love to move their bodies around in every direction possible and love to look at the world from different perspectives.
Adults seem to have forgotten just how much fun (and how useful) a handstand can be! Continue reading >
We’ve all been there. You climb past the bolt, approach the crux and suddenly your legs start shaking. Not because your legs aren’t trained, but because you are secretly scared of falling! Your mind tells you: “Don’t go any further, or you will die!” Continue reading >
In the last part of the blog series “What do climbers eat”, we have one of Petra Klinger’s (2016 Boulder World Champion) favourite recipes for you!
Feta only contains about 260 calories per 100g, which is lower than all other whole milk cheeses except for ricotta and mozzarella. The lower calorie count comes from the lower fat content of just 21g per 100g. Eating protein-rich feta increases your protein intake and adds a rich, spicy flavor without adding many calories. Serve together with a good portion of vegetables and your stomach will be full! Continue reading >
As you know, different forms of climbing require very different levels of energy and physical condition. Your physical condition coupled with your expectations for the day (relaxed climbing vs. going all out to send a project), your specific dietary requirements and your metabolism can be hugely impacted by what you’ve been eating! In part two of our three-part blog series, climbing dietitian Anabel gives us some tips on how to power through a day of sport climbing. Continue reading >
Have you ever wondered what top climbers eat to power themselves through the day? Well… we asked them for you!
In part one of our three part blog series, we had breakfast with Alex Megos.
Alex told us he can’t look past a bowl of quark with fruit and oats for breakfast. Quark is a great source of protein and Alex can’t seem to get enough of it! Continue reading >
Imagine a climber that is experiencing discomfort in their shoulder. Dysfunction in the biomechanics of a climber’s shoulder, combined with the repetition of some specific movements whilst climbing can cause small compressive impact on certain tendons.
Over time, without any specific accident or trauma to the shoulder, these tendons begin to produce inflammation and pain. Continue reading >
When I first took an interest in injury prevention for climbing, in about 1998, there wasn’t much information available.
I found a few articles about training and a couple about injury prevention, but I was unable to find anything directly related to preventive training. Continue reading >
There I am, standing in front of a route, ready to climb. I’ve tried this route a couple of times, so I know what to expect, but this time I’m going to send it. I just can’t think about failure; I talk it through before I start. Off I go, a little unfocused as I climb the first moves, because I know exactly where the crux is. Thinking too far ahead, I fight my way through the first few moves… Continue reading >