Natural Games in France

The Natural Games are back again in the south of France, in Millau from 26th
to 29th June 2014 for their 7th edition. This event brings together every year the
world’s best climbers, kayakers, paragliders and mountain bikers for a unique
show in the heart of Aveyron. This authentic territory which is listed as a
UNESCO World Heritage site provides the perfect combination for music and
sports competitions.
50% pros, 50% amateurs: last year over 80,000 showed up last year in Millau
(Aveyron) for 4 days of sports contests, demos, initiations and free tests open
to all the free-minded fans who have now chosen Millau and the Natural
Games as the base camp for outdoor sports for the past 6 years. Here’s what
you have to choose from: kayaking, paragliding, slacklining, Enduro MTB, Dirt
MTB and above all climbing: let’s focus on this sport which will be providing a
exceptional bouldering contest.

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International Photography Exhibition “Il Mattone Rampante”

The Street Boulder Association in Italy is very proud to announce the International Photography Exhibition “Mattone Rampante 2010”:

The aim of the exhibition is to give visibility to new artists who – using traditional or digital photography- express themselves emphasizing and pointing out the multitude of the existing expressions in urban climbing.
The works should feature scenes of climbing on urban architectural structures, preferably without ropes and avoiding all the artificially made climbing walls. The works should present moments preceding or following the climbing, or details emphasizing aspects, emotions, or details of the proposed subject.

Now go out and take some pictures!!!

Tips how to Improve your Wall Climbing Ability

Loosen Up Your Muscles

Loosen up your muscles simply by doing some stretching. Do this approximately half an hour before you begin climbing. This prepares your ligaments and joints for the climb. If your muscles are stiff, they won’t be flexible and fatigue soon.

Understand the Route

Don’t just grope blindly whenever you climb. Study the surface’s characteristics. Choose the path you’ll take and stick to it. Be aware of any kind of possible tough areas and how you are able to move through it. When you’re getting down, analyze your performance. Are you content with it, or it is possible to improve?

Advice on Keeping Balance

Keep in mind the rule: use just enough grip strength to keep you balanced. Perhaps the most common mistake is gripping too tightly. This can lead to lower arm muscle fatigue.

By applying only the required pressure, balance is going to be attained. While you ascend, position your body as close to the wall as you possibly can. This increases your balancing ability. Additionally, it limits stress on the grip.

Minimizing Arm and Leg Fatigue

Work with your legs to hold your weight, not your arms. The arms are actually for balance as well as weight shifting. One more wall climbing tip: if you’re making movements that require upper body strength, move forward without to hesitate. Taking too much time increases pressure on your body.

Avoid Unsmooth Movements

Learn to climb smoothly. Inconsistent, uneven climbs will certainly tire you quickly. As a result, your ascent is going to be slowed down. Don’t wriggle around; stick to the path you thought out. Move smoothly and you won’t have balance issues. Ensure you are aware about your movements.

Focus and Relaxations

Take it a single step at a time. Do only think of the next step, nothing more. While climbing, only use the necessary steps. This is going to save energy. Sooner or later, you will learn to become deliberate on your ascent.

Rest or Relaxation Spots

If the wall is high, try to find several rest spots (an edge, overhang etc). Take a rest every three meters you climb. Take the break, even if you feel strong; your body will be needing it later.

Muscle Training

Focus on the muscles on your arms, legs and chest. There are many muscle and weight training programs you can follow. This needs to be supported by a well balanced diet plan. If you’re over or underweight, you may tire out easily.

Tips on Falling

Push yourself away from the wall whenever you fall. By no means let the rope circle on your equipment or body. Likewise try to learn to keep your feet down. Don’t let yourself be discouraged if you fall; everybody does. What is important is learning how to handle it.

Correctly applied, these wall climbing tips will increase your climbing skills while decreasing fatigue. You simply need to have patience and work on the factors described. Little by little, you will see improvement, which will build confidence.