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Credit: Epic TV Climbing Daily
Please enjoy my Vlog of the Innsbruck Training Camp I attended thanks to Boost Charitable Trust.
I have had the DMM Flight Bag, courtesy of DMM Climbing for a few months now and thought that I would try a product review on this blog.
The bag that arrived was in Red but they are also available in Green or Grey. The quality of it looked and felt very good the seams were nicely finished and strong. The bag’s dimensions are just right for most airline cabin luggage and there is plenty of pockets ans storage. My specific bag was personalized for me by DMM’s own embroider’s who had done a brilliant job.
Opening the main compartment which has two zip’s to be able to open it fully laid out. On one side is one compartment with a net closing the compartment off with a zip all the way round. The compartment is big enough for climbing shoes, chalk bucket and chalk bag and takes up the whole of this side of the bag.
On the other side which is open it contains 2 straps with clips and also a sheet for use when outdoors to keep your ropes neat and clean. Also at the top of this side is a small pouch. This side is large enough to store your ropes. There are also a couple of clips for keys etc.
Moving to the top of the bag there is another pouch which occupies the top 1/4 of the bag. In here I have my tape, thermoband,, sleeve for my prosthetic arm and snack bars. Perfectly adequate for most small items. One one side of the bag is a holder for a litre bottle and on the other side two side handles which allow you to carry it in a horizontal position.
There are some great straps in order to attach a helmet and some straps to hold a decent sized rope.
The rucksack straps are well padded and large enough to be comfortably worn. They have a chest and waist strap which holds the rucksack firmly against your back and a mesh back board to allow your back to breathe.
All in all I really like this bag, its size and features. You don’t need anything else. It costs approx £85 – £95 and can be purchased from a number of climbing outlets.
This year saw changes to the GB Paraclimbing Team selection process. The BMC National Paraclimbing Series 2017still ran its 4 rounds during the year but it is not longer the critical factor in deciding the team for the following year. This year a new event was created the ‘GB Paraclimbing Selection Event’ and ran on 24 Feb at Awesome Walls alongside the British Open Youth Competition.
The aim of this event was to allow paraclimbers to specifically try out for the team using IFSC style routes and regulations as well as harder grades. The first event was well supported and proved to be successful although I would say needs a few tweaks regarding timings.
Shortly after the event the new GB Paraclimbing Team 2018 was announced, most of the team last year made it back on this years team with a number of new climbers getting selected for main team and for the development team. The team’s first training day was held at The Quay Climbing Centre, in a very snowy Exeter. The new team members bonded well with the existing team and we look forward to the year ahead.
I was lucky enough to be invited by Shauna Coxsey for the second year to the BIFF Final 2018 at the Climbing Works in Sheffield. This event is unique in climbing compeititons and full title is Beastmaker International Footess Festival. I love the irony of me a climber with one arm taking part in a footless competition. It consists of a number of rounds and then a grand final at the Climbing Works. The Grand final is for the top 10 in each round and by invitation. The rules are simple not feet allowed. All the proceeds go to Climbers Against Cancer.
This is a great fun competition and nothing is taken seriously. The problems are crazy and the challenges even more so. All the problems
are to be tackled without using your feet and optional are silly costumes. This year we had the Incredible Hulk and a flying Nun. The challenges ranged from a 360 spinning volume where you had to rotate it whilst staying on it, a deadhang challenge and Ring Ned’s Bell. This challenge was my highlight as when I took my go Alex Megos had set the record with 39 rings. I gave it my all and beat him with 42 rings. It did not stand for long but I go to beat Alex Mego’s which is all that matters.
The other highlight of the evening was appearing on the One Five Nine Show with Leah Crane. The show was live streaming the final and it was great to appear on the show. You can see my appearance on Youtube.
The Super Final was amazing, the great reveal was a Infinity Campus Board. A huge drum with two campus boards mounted side by side. The finalists went head to head until one dropped off. Well done to Jim Pope and Rachel Carr who were crowned this years Mr & Mrs BIFF. ALso well done to GB Paraclimbing Coach Belinda Fuller who came third in her first BIFF.