Media and Psych
On this page, you will find the sunday videos from the past year, which are a great way to keep the psych high when the weather is not playing ball. Some other material, mainly podcasts, news articles or famous climbing stories we wanted to share but did not seem appropriate for sunday videos will also feature here.
You can also find some tips, tricks and advice, once again, primarily videos, but sometimes written articles here too.
As always, suggestions are more than welcome ! :)
Sunday Video #1: Reuben's Font film a film about our annual trip to Fontainebleau, made by our very own Reuben Strickett
Sunday Video #2: Indian face: the first UK E9 Johnny Dawes on the legendary climb at Clogwyn Du’r Arddu
Sunday Video #3: Euan Patton's record on the descent from Tryfan to the valley floor an incredible run from the top of Tryfan to the bottom of the Ogwen valley in only 7min
Sunday Video #4: Friends of the grit Siebe Vanhee, a Belgian climber discovers the peculiar culture and rocktype of british climbing.
Sunday Video #5: Scottish Ice trip The best European climbers try out Scottish winter climbing, with mixed results.
Sunday Video #6: The Barkley marathons, a gruelling race only ever completed by 15 people.
Sunday Video #7: Dodo's delight, a lovely song to play on the spoons and sing along
Sunday Video#8: Climbing terminology, a few terms you’ll no doubt hear if you hang around climbers long enough
Sunday Video#9: Done in R1, another hilarious song from Sean Villanueava and Nico Favresse
Sunday Video #10: Slovak direct, Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman on the mythical Alaskan line
Sunday Video #11: Statement of Youth: The Birth of British Sport Climbing
Sunday Video #12: Slovak direct, Nick Bullock and Andy Houseman on the mythical Alaskan line
Sunday Video #13:Pete Whitakker's behind the scenes vidoe to his recent britrock film How I Climbed a 1000m Wall With No Ropes & Filmed
Sunday Video #14: Incredible winter solo attempt of Cerro Torre by Colin Haley
Sunday Video #15: James Pearson's slightly humbled return to trad: Muy Caliente
Tips, Tricks and advice:
Coiling ropes: a few different methods for coiling ropes and their advantages/ drawbacks (P.S: The gear sec will be very grateful if you coil BUMC ropes with the second method :) )
Sizing climbing shoes: good advice if you’re buying new shoes, the people in the shop should also be able to help.
Advice on choosing a harness:loads of options out there, but this can help you narrow down your search.
Sport climbing checklist: the kit you’ll need for your first roped climb outdoors (don’t worry, most of this can be borrowed from the club)
Bouldering checklist: if you’re trying out bouldering outdoors, you’ll still need some kit. Once again, pads and shoes can be borrowed from the club.
Climbing kit checklist: If you’d rather an article, this also covers trad and multipitch
Brief explanation of trad grades
Bits and Bobs for colder weather climbing (ISB, alps ...):
Mountaineering boots advice: always a tough choice in the time before ISB, hope this article helps
Alpine climbing advice, from Will Gadd
Why does Scotland feel so cold?, why is the perceived temperature always so much lower than the measured temperature
Scottish winter layering system, avideo from Dave MacLeod explaining a tad bit about what to wear for climbing in Scotland
Food for further thoughts:
Justification for an elitist attitude: a controversial piece written by Mark Twight in 2000. It is worth a read, whatever your views on the article.
The murder of the impossible: another famous article about climbing ethics
Everest, then and now: a reflection on Himalayan climbing and its evolution
Fastest known time up Mt Blanc: Hilary Gerardi’s incredible achievement from last summer
WAM race article A look into the detrimental effects of corporation in outdoor sports
A word about clean climbing, the introduction the 14-page essay written in 1972, promoting loving the rocks and mountains on which we climb as much as the climbing itself.
If your climbing media needs are somehow still unsatisfied here is a list of 33 books about the subject.