Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB | FINAL PART | How to seriously push your grade: Beginner to Advanced in 16 weeks

My self-experiment was to learn how to rock climb, in 16 weeks. I set myself the challenge of reaching a V6 bouldering, and/or a 7a sport grade.
I was what you would term a royal newbie. My background of slacklining, weight-lifting and MMA would prove to be advantageous, however, as I undertook a completely new and different physical challenge.

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By the end of the 16 weeks, I had reached bouldering grade V5, and even sent my 7a sport climb, after weeks and weeks of attempts.

I achieved it all by hacking the learning process, discarding the useless info, people and attitudes, and embracing relentless change in the name of achievement. Not to mention suffering an injury and healing it in record time.

This post should help explain how I achieved my climbing goals, briefly cover how I got injured and what I did to rehabilitate, and offer you some resources and tips so that you too, can push your climbing grade, whether you’re a noob or a veteran.
I’ve tried to include the 20% of vital knowledge I gained over the 16 weeks that contributed to 80% of my results, to save you wading through…

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EVENTS | Urban Highlining @ The Castle Climbing Centre Garden Party

The Castle Climbing Centre’s chief rigger messaged me asking if I wanted to jam on their super-aesthetic highline for the annual Garden Party. I was so stoked I temporarily forgot how to type a response! The garden party exhibited the new, outdoor feature boulders in the Castle’s garden, a site dating right back to the crazy, gothic architectural times of the mental Victorians. castlebanner1Here’s how the day went, including my highline ritual exposed, my first dyno comp and a collection of awesome photos.
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ARTICLE | Walking Highlines vs Slacklining in the Park… What’s the difference?

Harry has just written a new article for the SportPursuit blog, entitled “A Walk in the Park…Or Not?”, looking at some of the different physical and psychological challenges of walking a highline vs walking a slackline low to the ground, in the park.

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You can read the entire article by clicking here, or on the photo above.

Harry Cloudfoot Slackline Feature | Time Out London Magazine

Recently I was contacted by Time Out magazine, London, to do a feature for their “Whatever Next?” section, all about slacklining. I had the pleasure of teaching up-and-coming mag editor and writer Flo Wales Bonner the art of balance (and wobble).

It was a short and sweet event, Flo picked up the skills very quickly and was far more athletic than I think she realised! She writes well, and drops some funny one-liners in the article below. To read, just click on the image to load it full screen.


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To book a slackline lesson with me this Summer, you can contact me here.

Some more articles you might find interesting:

Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB| PART 6 | CONDITIONING: How to get strong for climbing, FAST

How I got really strong, really fast

This post is going to look at the most effective strength and conditioning routines and exercises that I used to get as strong as I could in 16 weeks whilst learning to climb. I included a video, too, showcasing my handpicked favourite brutal exercises.

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Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB | PART 5 | NUTRITION: THE DIRTBAG’S GUIDE TO EATING CLEAN

So you’re starting your new *insert desired goal-orientated* program. You know what you gotta do, why you gotta do it and how you’re gonna do it physically.

But what about fueling?
In my understanding, food comes 3rd in the line of existential importance;

First, Breathing. Learning how to breathe changes everything.
Second, Hydration. Loading your system with enough water is vital.
Third, Food. Learning how to fuel your body perfectly isn’t too complex.

So how are you going to fuel your new program?
Spaghetti hoops and pizza? Beer and beef? Veganism!? God forbid…

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Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB| PART 4 | LET NATURE DO THE WORK

When it comes to learning a new skill, training or just transforming into a BEAST in general, I like to let Nature do most of the work. After all, she’s a much stronger force than I could ever be, so why not let her take most of the load?
A little confused as to what I mean?
Read on and allow me to explain how I use Nature and the subtle, but very powerful force of Reflex Action to my advantage, whilst on this journey of learning a fantastic and complex new skill: rock climbing.
And bear in mind that this trick can be applied to learning anything new….

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