Competition Climbing

Its now less than a year to go until climbing gains the prestigious title of an Olympic sport, so we thought we’d better get ourselves wised up on how competition climbing works!At the Olympics there is only one medal set up for grabs so athletes must compete in a combination...

Eating the seasons

Before the days of long-distance freight transport, prior to the year-round availability of  everything from Peruvian asparagus to Dutch tomatoes, Brits dined on that which grew around  them; hearty root vegetables in winter, the finest peas and green veg in spring and plump berries in the summer.However these days 50%...

Glossary

I overheard a conversation between two climbers at Substation the other day which went something like this:- First Climber So, did you send it then Second Climber Yeah, eventually. It was desperate. First Climber You got any beta? Second Climber Yeah, you start matched on the undercut then dyno for...

Indoor Evolution

Macclesfield already has an active and lively outdoor community and it seems that a large proportion of them climb at Substation. It’s this shared love of the outdoors and the love of swapping stories, advice and experience that is building a strong new community on the mats, in the café...

Footwork

Footwork Ask any good climber and they will tell you that good movement on the wall stems from good footwork, yet it’s an area of climbing that’s often overlooked. Ok, on slabs or anywhere where you’re standing in balance it’s obvious that it’s mainly your shoes’ grip that’s keeping you...

Keep the bike clean tonight

As a dedicated British mountain biker whose job dictated the number of daylight hours I got to see, there was nothing worse than that dismal day in October when the inevitable happens… The clocks change! Suddenly those blissful post-work snippets of evening sunshine were torn away from my grasp bringing...

Bouldering Grades Explained

This week I will try to shed some light on the often-confusing grade system used in Bouldering. Here at SUBSTATION we have adopted the V grade system, however, this blog offers a useful comparison, hopefully if you meet a friend who is used to one of the various other grading...