Lockdown Ideas and Tips

We've pulled together some of the information, advice, fun and training tips we've seen since the initial March lockdown (I know! It's really been that long), and some that our team has produced for you too. It has been amazing to see how the climbing and bouldering world supports and encourages everyone. If you've got your own tips and ideas you think other climbers and boulderers would enjoy do drop us an email.youtube page

Video resources

The NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering team now have a YouTube channel where we will be adding our own content and linking to other videos that are great for reviewing skills, techniques, and learning about the wide world of climbing and bouldering. Why not learn all about holds or rockovers while you are at home, ready to put into practise back at the wall when you can? Check it out!

Let's get social!

Come and see us on instagram, twitter or Facebook. Here, we share content and we also love being tagged into the great things going on whether that's your home workouts or amazing bakes (we loved a recent cookie climbing wall complete with smartie holds and Lego climbers!). Tag us with @nicasteam and @NICAS Boulderingteam. Have a look at what your local wall is up to as well, many are doing some exciting challenges via their social feeds for their NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering climbers.


Homework may not sound a fun word but what if it is climbing related?! Why not get ahead with some research before you go back to "climbing school at the wall"? Pick a climbing related topic, and do some research on it ready for your local wall to reopen. Surprise your coach with your knowledge and maybe test their knowledge out too :-) Whether it's information on how to select climbing shoes, learning about the types of climbing hold and how to use them, reviewing the history of bouldering, or picking a climbing icon and finding out about them. Go for it! You can use our YouTube videos for inspiration, or do get in touch if you want help with your research and where to look.

Workouts, films, podcasts...

Our friends at ClimbScotland have useful resources for keeping climbers fit and entertained, with daily challenges and also a podcast. We've been enjoying the The Curious Climbing Podcast from our ambassador Hazel Findlay along with Mina Leslie-Wujastyk. Films: there are loads... we enjoyed revisiting First Climbs-Libby Peters which is a good intro to outdoor climbing, as is Gritkids which we produced a while back as recommended watching for NICAS homework. Other ideas and initiatives out there for keeping up fitness and flexibility include the "join the movement" initiative from Sport England, with lots of ideas for exercise of all types, plus a range of free videos and resource cards aimed at school children from the Youth Sport Trust. Of course, don't forget our #nicasathome and #NICAS Boulderingathome workout videos on YouTube!

Non-climbing stuff

Outside of climbing and exercise there's all sorts of hobbies that you might be doing from getting art and crafty, making Lego creations, learning sign language, nature spotting. If you (or your parents) are stuck for ideas there are some great resources out there, try googling "family lockdown tips and ideas" for all sorts of suggestions to keep everyone entertained. PS. If baking is your thing, if you want our NICAS tried and tested banana bread or jam recipes we would be happy to send those to you :)

Getting back into climbing (indoors, or outdoor)

We are updating our news page with details of where walls are open or not. We can't wait for indoor walls to be open and for ALL of the NICAS Climbing and NICAS Bouldering sessions to be back up and running! If the great outdoors opens soon.... and you are thinking of going out and about then check out this article from the BMC. We also have some general advice to share from the Adventure Smart team here.

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