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Life Lessons From Rock Climbing

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, June 6, 2016, In : Top Tips 
Lovely short talk from veteran rock climber Matthew Childs, he shares nine pointers for rock climbing that can be effective at sea level too. Available from TED talks.



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Lowering off a bad bolt

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, March 18, 2016, In : Top Tips 
Just thinking about teaching people the skills they need to move their lead climbing from indoors to outside this summer and remembered this little gem from a Petzl catalog a few years ago. 

With simple use of a prussik you can protect against the risk of a dodgy bolt failing as you are lowing off it. This would have been good to know in Majorca 10 years ago when I had to lower off a belay where you could pull one of the bolts straight out the rock!



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A dry day!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Adventure report 
After a very wet couple of months I finally managed to get out on some rock this week.
Making the most of some dry but very windy conditions we headed to some sheltered spots in Pembrokeshire.
Great to be out and not in wellies, thanks to Jeff for joining me on this little adventure.

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Learning to lead

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, In : Adventure report 
Learn to lead course in November - sometimes it seems like the sun always shines on Gower!
Two days spent looking at movement on rock, rope work, placing protection and building belays.
13 pitches climbed, including their first  multipitch route East Ridge, what a great weekend...



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Self rescue for climbers

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, September 7, 2015, In : Top Tips 
Self rescue for climbers - getting yourself out of trouble when things don't quite go to plan can be overwhelming or, if you have some basic skills, straight forward.
All these skills are covered on our Self Rescue for Climbers course, you can read up before using this article from Climbing.com, it is a little American in places, but it contains some well presented information.

http://www.climbing.com/skill/save-yourself-a-guide-to-self-rescue/

Keep safe out there...
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Taffs Well - Sport venue near Cardiff

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, In : Updates 
Quick morning recce to scout out the potential of this roadside sports crag just outside Cardiff. Sheltered, solid and lots of easy to mid grade routes - this will definitely come in useful for some of my courses. 


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Guided Climbs on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, August 28, 2015, In : Adventure report 
A morning on Gower spent dodging the rain and climbing in the sunshine on Great Tor and Little Tor. Even managed to cover some scrambling and abseiling skills as well as 6 pitches of climbing, not bad for only half a day!

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Damp learn to lead course

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, In : Adventure report 
Damp day on a learn to lead course, lots of skills covered and even a couple of routes led. British summer upped the challenge but these guys stepped up well. Now you just need to get our and practice...

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Activities for all

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, July 12, 2015, In : Adventure report 
Specialist 1:1 support for a young girl with mobility issues this week on her schools residential trip to Gower. Great to see her getting stuck in and enjoying all the activities including abseiling, scrambling and body boarding, and wonderful to be able to help her challenge what is possible.



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Sport Climbing on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, In : Updates 
Today I was asked to give an outdoor climbing day for an indoor climber who would like to get out and get on the rock. We went sport climbing on Gower, at Fox Hole near Southgate and climbed 4 routes from fr3+to fr5. 
Lots of learning throughout the day about movement, technique and equipment - next steps - get out and climb lots, practice makes permanent!

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Sport Climbing in the Welsh Valleys

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, In : Updates 
Sport climbing in The Valleys on the hottest day of the year so far.
We went high and tried to stay in the shade, but it was a warm one.
Highly recommend Treherbert Quarry for those climbing fr5-6b, will all be covered in the new Rockfax guide due out next year. 

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Sport Climbing and taster sessions

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, June 21, 2015, In : Updates 
Mixed week of climbing with some sunshine by the coast and shower dodging in the Valleys. Great to work with lots of keen climbers on the rock, this is just the start for you
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Climbing at Range West

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, June 8, 2015, In : Adventure report 
The only people climbing at range West in Pembroke on Sunday, beautiful scenery, great rock and awesome fossils everywhere made it a day to remember.
You need to attend a briefing to access the military firing range above the cliffs, then avoid all of the shells laying on the floor on the walk in, but once you are there its an amazing place to climb.
There are routes of all grade, including lots at the lower end, but as with most other crags in Pembrokeshire you need t be able to abseil to get ...
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Krabs and Bolts

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, June 1, 2015, In : Top Tips 
Great Video from DMM about the interaction between Carabiners and Bolts, well worth a watch...
http://dmmclimbing.com/knowledge/carabiner-and-bolt-interaction-vid/

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Learn to lead day 2

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, In : Courses 
Day two of a "Learn to Lead" climbing course on Gower in South Wales. Multi-pitch skills and Abseiling were covered, as well as 8 pitches of climbing. There two can head off on their own now - happy climbing!


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Improvers course on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, April 19, 2015, In : Updates 
Improvers course on Gower building on ropework and leading skills, with 3 HS leads from redpoint to onsite for Seb. What you we do for your climbing?



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Learning to Lead climb in South Wales

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, April 16, 2015, In : Updates 

Sunshine and warm rock - what more could you ask for?
Today was spent at Box Bay near Bridgend in South Wales on day 1 of a 2 day Learn to Lead course for climbing.
We looked at gear placement, ropework, planning and building belays - everything you need to stay safe and climb well.

Tomorrow is an improvers course - another day in the sunshine climbing rock - thank you  Mr Weatherman!

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Its Summer Time!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : Updates 
Summer time is here, even if its just lighter evenings to start with. 
Busy with walking groups and meetings about the outdoors, looking forward to more climbing and rock courses so get in touch is you want to learn to lead on Gower or in South Wales
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Pembroke Rocks

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, March 24, 2015,
Love day climbing in the sunshine this weekend in the delightful Pembroke. Here Chris follows up the super classic "Bow-Shaped Slab" at Flimston Bay.



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Learn to lead in The Valleys

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, March 5, 2015, In : Adventure report 
Great day out teaching the skills needed to lead rock climbs outdoors. 
We covered preparation, placing protection, building belays and seconding skills, all in one busy day.



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Icy fun in Norwary

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, In : Updates 

I'm back from a week away ice climbing in Norway, body is aching but I'm ready for the next few weeks. We've got climbing courses, navigation courses and some staff training sessions to run, that should keep me busy in between planning for the coming rock season. There is still a lot of availability before and during the Easter break, so get in touch and I'll book you in for an Adventure 
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GCSE Climbing Assessment

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, In : Adventure report 
Great to watch keen climbers do what they do best, only this time it was part of a rock climbing GCSE assessment we ran last week on the beautiful and ever sunny Gower peninsular. 






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How to Lower Off a Sports Climb

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, In : Top Tips 
On a recent Learn to Lead Sports climbing day I was teaching a client how to run through the process of threading a lower off in a safe and versatile way. I thought I'd share this process for everyone else to use, just remember that its best to practice on the ground 1st, and if you need any help, just give me a call and we can head out on a rock course.

  • Clip your rope into the lower off at the top of the route (using a quickdraw)
  • Clip your cowstail into the lower off (60cm sling and screwgate ...

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Climbing for All!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, In : Adventure report 

Great to work with this young person with mobility issues on a rock climbing day out on Gower. She showed great determination and showed just what you can achieve when you give it you all, just needing a little helping hand from a nearby instructor every now and again.
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Indoors to out - A climbing transition

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, November 1, 2014, In : Courses 
 Most people start out climbing indoors, its warm and dry and safe(ish) all year round. You don't need much kit and there's always someone on hand to give advice if you need it. But its just the tip of the climbing iceberg - making the move to climbing outside opens the door to climbing in spectacular places at home and abroad, you just need a little more kit and a few more skills.

Last week I ran a "Moving Outside" day on the beautiful Gower peninsular, teaching all you need to know about saf...
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I can take you climbing in South Wales

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, October 27, 2014, In : Updates 

I am Matt - and I can take you climbing outdoors!
All you need to do is get in touch and ask...
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Guiding in Mid Wales

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, September 12, 2014, In : Adventure report 


A mountainous day out guiding on a classic route in Mid Wales. There may have been a lot of plantlife but the rock was still good and the climbing first class. Remember we offer guiding all across Wales, but our favorite routes are all in the south! 

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Sunshine through the rain

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Adventure report 
And this is why we never cancel a day out just because of the weather forecast! Heavy rain as we left town and bad weather forecast for most of the day - but when we arrived on Gower the sun was out and not a drop hit us all day - even caught the sun.

Gower really does have its own micro climate making it a great place to climb all year round, even if the weather man says its raining - you wont hear us complaining - it'll fine on Gower!



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Three Cliffs climbing adventure

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, August 23, 2014, In : Adventure report 
An adventurous day out for the father and son team from London  as they scaled the Three Cliffs on the Gower coast. A great introduction to rock climbing for them both, and in a spectacular location. 
Get in touch to book your rock climbing lesson with us.


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Outdoors and In

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, In : Updates 
A break from a busy week outdoors yesterday, with a day spent training staff at an activities centre in Swansea. Always good to see new faces coming into the industry, and these guys did a great job picking up new skills and showing off what they can do. 
Back on Gower today for a family day out rock climbing near Port Eynon.



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Climbing coaching on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, August 10, 2014, In : Updates 
A great day out on Gower for British Youth Team member Catrin this week, leading the classic trad routes SW Deidre and Isis with style. Coaching climbers, teaching skills and introducing people to the sport are all part of what we do at Outdoor Matters.

Find out what we can do for you on our website, or ring for a chat.



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More Rock Climbing on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Updates 
So this has been a busy couple of weeks for us at Outdoor Matters with lots of guided climbing on The Gower Peninsular, a few caving trips in the Brecon Beacons and even a little Coasteering in calm seas. 

I'll be away leading an expedition to the jungles of Tanzania during July and Climbing in Scotland for part of August, but there are still a few days available from August 18th. Just get in touch by phone or email to book yourself a little adventure, experience or training course.

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Summer sun and coastal rock

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, June 14, 2014, In : Adventure report 
A great day guiding Sam last week on Gower, lots of learning about sea cliffs and multi - pitch rock climbing for this apprentice of the sport. 


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SPA preparation day

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, May 2, 2014, In : Updates 
A lovely day in the sunshine working on all those skills you need to be a climbing instructor yesterday with a soon to be stunt man. Lots of ropework and climbing skills covered in preparation for an assessment this coming weekend. We also do preparation days for the CWA and ML if you want to turn up ready to pass.
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Teaching leading on Gower to Team GB

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Sunday, April 27, 2014,


A great day out today teaching leading skills to one of Team GB's youth climbing squad on the sunny cliffs of Gower. Tomorrow I'll be running a gorge workshop and Tuesday I'll be looking after archaeologists on a cliff top survey. 

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Climbing in the Brecon Beacons

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, April 17, 2014, In : Adventure report 


A guiding day in the Brecon Beacons that turned into a learn to lead Trad course for this visiting European climber. Morlais may not be the jewel in the crown of Welsh Climbing, but its a good enough place to start.

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Sunshine in Cornwall

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Adventure report 
 
Guiding in Cornwall on Bosigran's main face, with perfect conditions for our intrepid explorers on west country granite. Still spaces left Easter weekend for guiding in South Wales - Get in touch for more information.

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An adventure in North Wales

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, March 24, 2014, In : Updates 


A weekend in North Wales continuing our Classic Rock Tour of the UK, we climbed four more routes and had hail on each of them, including a storm with 40-50 mph winds. Not very pleasant but made for a real adventure. Back in the office today recovering, then onto a week of guiding, technical advice and preparing for a busy weekend caving and climbing with you lovely people who are coming to South Wales. 

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Spring is here!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, In : Updates 

Spring is here!
Climbing dry rock in the sunshine - this is as good as it gets. 
Two offers for you to take advantage of:
1 - This weekend only, £150 flat rate for any rock course for up to 4 people.
2 - Mid week offer until end of March, £50 off all rock courses.

See the website or get in touch for more info.

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Another sunny day!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, February 14, 2014, In : Adventure report 

The day may have started with a hail shower, but the rest of our climbing adventure was spent in the sunshine on the South Gower coast, near Three Cliffs Bay. Well done to the class from Oxford who braved the climbing and abseiling - even as the sea came back in!
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Sunshine through the rain

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Updates 

A lovely bit of sunshine to finish a rather wet and windy activity week.
There is no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong clothing... 
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Classic Rock Challenge

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Adventure report 
New Year new Challenge - I'm attempting to climb all 83 classic rock routes from Ken Wilson's book over the next 12 months with my fellow mountaineering instructor Tom Moore. We have climbed the first 6 already with another 8 looking to fall the weekend after next. For more information about the challenge and to keep up with any news check out our blog page http://classicrockchallenge.blog.com/
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New Climbing Kit Has Arrived

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, November 18, 2013, In : Updates 

This lovely pile of shiny new climbing kit was delivered from DDM last week, replacing the older nuts, slings and krabs to give a fresher, safer and lovelier looking rack just waiting for its first use. The change in season doesn't mean that the climbing season is over, it just means that we'll be packing to belay gloves, an extra jacket and a thermos for the day.

If we only ever went out when the weather was perfect, we'd never go outside... 
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A Day Off In Pembroke

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, In : Adventure report 

A day off in Pembroke climbing on the big sea cliffs of Mother Scaries...
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Guiding on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, October 24, 2013, In : Adventure report 
Another lovely day climbing on Gower in October sunshine, its been a busy month with all sorts of courses, training and adventures happening all across Wales. Heres a shot from yesterdays guiding on Great Top, this could be you...
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Self Rescue Success

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, In : Updates 
This weekend saw us working with Swansea University Mountaineering Club, teaching them the skills and techniques needed to avoid and manage common climbing problems.
They looked at tying off a belay plate, lowering safely, assisted and unassisted hoists, prusiking and simple tricks to save using these skills in the first place.
Its was a standard sunny day on Gower and the team had a great time, let hope if they ever need it, it'll come in useful.

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Indoor Rescue Training

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, September 27, 2013, In : Updates 
Last night was spent with the instructor team at Dynamic Rock climbing centre in Swansea, running a training session for them on instructing groups and how to perform basic climbing rescues. The photo shows them practicing a counterbalanced abseil after picking up a suck climber. Its all pretty technical stuff but they picked up the skills fast and learnt a lot.

I'll be back next time to work on the skills and techniques required to teach lead climbing inside.

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Tying a Clove Hitch

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : Top Tips 
If you want to climb outside and stay safe then this knot is the one you'll need to learn. Its great for attaching yourself to anchors and building belays. Watch, learn and practice....


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Leraning to Lead

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, In : Adventure report 


This could be you - Learning to lead climb in North Wales.
Gain the skills and confidence to become an independent rock climber

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Hanging Around

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, In : Adventure report 


Coaching Chris on his first ever hanging belay. Good anchors, careful rope management and the ability to maintain bladder control are are important factors... This belay number two on the 7 pitch "Exposure Explosion" at Ogmore, South Wales

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Bank Holiday Adventures

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, August 26, 2013, In : Adventure report 


What a lovely weekend! Lots of rock climbing this week all across South Wales - From Deep Water Soloing on Gower to introduction courses on sea cliffs. Well done to all those who have been getting out, especially those who were climbing Hard Severes their first time out!



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Back in Wales and back on the rock!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, In : Adventure report 

Well i'm back from another success expedition to Peru and have hit the ground running with a busy week rock climbing.
The highlight has been a leading course with 13 year old Catrin who ticked 5 leads in a day from S to HVS!
Keep an eye on that one, I think she'll go far...

Today was more of a wet one but we still had fun with the lads from london, climbing and abseiling with occasional views of the Brecon Beacons National Park in between the showers.

With the summer coming to an end its time to ...

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Summers Back!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Adventure report 


End of a long and beautiful day climbing on Gower with a school group from London.


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Rock Climbing on Gower

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Adventure report 

Heres a snap from a day out on Gower, rock climbing at Rhossili. The weather may not have been perfect, but the rock was good and the sea was behaving itself so we hit the sea cliffs and got lots done. 
Well done to the Girls for making it a great day out.
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Adventures in the North (of Wales...)

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, June 13, 2013, In : Adventure report 
A beautiful weekend in North Wales was spent climbing on the historical and stunning Clogwyn Du'r Arddu high on the side of Snowdon, then sat near the top supporting the 150 people walking up to raise money for Marie Curie.
We faced some of the best conditions I've seen up there, suncream and ice lollies were the order of the day.




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Morocco!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Adventure report 
Well I've returned safely from 2 weeks in the Moroccan Anti Atlas mountains. 
 Our team of 4 spent nearly every day climbing extreme routes hundreds of meters long in the African heat. We even had the opportunity to climb new routes on virgin rock, the reward, a new 5 pitch VS 5a in Ice Box Canyon.

The rock was good, the people were lovely and the climbing outstanding. All in all an excellent trip!

Give it another year and it might be the sort of place that I could be taking clients to. The only...
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Easter Rock Climbing

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Adventure report 

 A great day out yesterday with the Brine Family. 
We tucked out the wind and got lots of climbing and abseiling done, as well as a quick trip into a Gower 'Bone Cave'.
Amazingly we even found Easter eggs hidden up the cliff! Made for a nice lunchtime snack...
 
Just shows that you can always make the most of the weather, as long as you know where to go.
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A fine day out on the Ice

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, April 1, 2013, In : Adventure report 

 Making the most of the fine winter conditions in the Brecon Beacons and a day off - ice climbing up the Torpantau Falls. Blue skies, cold air and thick ice made for a perfect morning adventure. 
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Fantastic archive footage of two legends

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, March 25, 2013,
The Last Climb Don Whillans and Joe Brown on Cemetery Gates back in 1984 - Don's last climb. Inspirational viewing.
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A Grand Day Out

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, In : Adventure report 
Josh on his first climbing experience this weekend. Get yours at http://www.outdoor-matters.co.uk/rock-taster.php 
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Winter Climbing - conditions apply

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, In : Top Tips 
Nice video from the BMC on winter climbing and rare plant - well worth a watch for you winter warriors.

Winter Climbing Conditions Apply from team_BMC on Vimeo.


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Winter Climbing in South Wales

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, January 24, 2013, In : Adventure report 
So a varied week this week, meetings, marketing, technical advice and the first bookings of the the year - and ice climbing and winter mounatineering in the Brecon Beacons! Got to love the work/life balance...
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Gower Rock reviewed by UKC

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, In : Updates 
So UKClimbing, THE place to go for information on the world of climbing has a review of Gower Rock - the local climbing guide written by US! Check it out and see what it says HERE


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Kit care

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, January 10, 2013, In : Top Tips 
A guide to maintaining your climbing kit from the BMC. If in doubt - give us a shout! ggggggg
 

Caring for Equipment from team_BMC on Vimeo.


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Back from Switzerland

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, June 4, 2012, In : Adventure report 
Just returned from an excellent climbing trip to Switzerland, with plenty of skin lost on the granite boulders. 
Feeling strong and looking forward to passing on my new knowledge to you all... 
Get in touch and see what we can do to help you!
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Gower Rock - its coming!

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Updates 
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to announce the the new rock climbing guide 'Gower Rock' will be available to buy from September 1st.

The book will be found in all good outdoor and book shops, as well as from the authors right here at Outdoor Matters!
More Info from Pesda Press

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Crack climbing part 3

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Top Tips 

Its all about technique... and training, tactics & thinking. Check out our rock improvers course that could help you...

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Crack climbing part two...

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : Top Tips 

For more information on how to improve your technique on all kinds of climbing terrain see our rock improver course.
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How to climb cracks - Part1

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Top Tips 

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Climbing with Countryfile in the Brecon Beacons

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, April 9, 2012, In : Updates 
So for those with keen eyes you would have seen Outdoor Matters very own Matt Woodfield climbing with Ellie from BBC's Countryfile last night, in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. 
We'll try and put up a video of the clip soon, but if you fancy your own adventure with us in the great outdoors then have a look at  http://www.outdoor-matters.co.uk/adventure-days.php and see what we can do for you.
 
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Thinking

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, March 30, 2012, In : Top Tips 
The last of our T's of climbing development is Thinking.

This ones all about the head, and managing thoughts, emotions and fears along the way. 

Focus, motivation and confidence are all areas that can bring you down, or spur you on.
Books such as the 'Rock Warriors Way' deal well with this area of climbers development.

If you're too scared to make the next move then this is the area which needs your attention. 

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Self Rescue day

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, March 24, 2012, In : Courses 
A lovely day in the sun with the girls from Swansea University Mountaineering Club to Box Bay in South Wales. We looked at self rescue skill for climbing including hoists and prusiking. 
They're now armed with the skills and knowledge to sort themselves out when things go wrong on the crag.
Next months course still has spaces so get in touch today... See  http://www.outdoor-matters.co.uk/self-rescue.php for more details
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Countryfile

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Updates 
So, just back from filming a climbing session with Ellie Harrison from Countryfile, tune in to BBC1 on April 8th to see your favorite climbing instructor in action!


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Tactics

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : Top Tips 
The Third T in our climbers development series is Tactics.
This is all about using your knowledge to outwit the climb, rather than strength to overcome it.
By using a measured approach and making informed decisions climbing can become easier for you.
 
Tactics start with route choice, picking the right crag to go to, warming up before you climb at your limit and picking a route that's in condition, not a wet crack on a north facing wall in December. 
 
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Technique

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Friday, March 16, 2012, In : Top Tips 
The next T in our climbing development series is Technique.
Technique fouses on your movement skills, the basic act of climbing.
As with Training, Technique is a subject that has beeen well covered by books, articles and magazines over the decades.
 
It can be broken down into three areas, hands, feet and movement.
Hands:
The way we use our hands when climbing vary on what holds are available. The classic jugs and crimps are often prefered over slopers, undercuts or dare I say it...jamming.
Each tec...

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Gower Rock

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, In : Updates 
The 1st draft of 'Gower Rock' is back from the publishers, some small changes and additions need to be made, then its back for another proof reading. Better work fast if we want it out before the summer!
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The 4 T's - Training

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Monday, March 12, 2012, In : Top Tips 
Training is the first of the four T's of climbing development that we'll look at in this series, and the one that is often most focused on.
Training is about getting stronger, developing your muscles and better preparing your body for climbing. This element of climbing development has been the subject of thousands of books, articles and online debates, there is a wealth of information about training to be had, including the lists at the end of this article. 
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A windy day on the cliffs

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Saturday, March 3, 2012, In : Adventure report 
A rather windy Saturday on Gower today with Myles and Jess braving the elements for a good day out climbing and abseiling. 
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The Pillars of Climbing Development

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Top Tips 
The gap between the level at which you climb today and your potential limit is unknown.
You may feel like you have a long way to go, or that you already climb as hard as is possible, but either way there are four things that can hold you back, or push you forward and help reach your goals.

These 'Pillars of climbing development' are four distinct areas that support you're climbing ability. It is best to think of them as the legs of a chair, each as important as the others, and if one is not pul...
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Self rescue course - March 18th

Posted by Matthew Woodfield on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Courses 
Outdoor Matters are running a Self Rescue for Climbers course on March 18th at Box Bay, nr Bridgend, South Wales. The day will cover the skills needed to escape sea cliffs, help a stuck second and solve common problems that climbers face in the great outdoors.

The Cost of this potentially life saving course is just £25 per person, and is aimed at keeping climbers safe out there.

To attend you need to be competent at leading Severe and above, bring your own personal climbing equipment including...


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