The Varsity Competition at the Depot Nottingham is always a colourful affair!
Tonnes of psyched students from Nottingham Trent, and The university of Nottingham descend on the centre for a day of climbing, and a grand final in the evening to determine the overall winner.
Despite the grim conditions up at the coldest and blusteriest boulder on Stanage edge, we found some good friction between the clouds on Lowrider.
Props to Joe, and Andi for sticking together some good links, and especially to Joe for somehow climbing in only a t-shirt without dying from hypothermia!
Check out his coaching business - (he's based in NZ, but he's bound to give you a hand if you've got some questions!)
Photos from the WBL 2016/17 final at The Depot Nottingham
Last Friday, I was lucky enough to take some snaps at the 2nd Round of the Tour De Biff at The Depot Manchester. This competition is a little unlike most others, with competitors not being allowed use of their feet! You might think this would make for an impressive show - and you would be right - but it also makes it a little trickier to capture really engaging photos.
Normally when shooting climbing, I try to capture either the emotions on people's faces, or the cool shapes that their bodies make with the wall...When people are campussing however, they don't look down at all!
Equally, capturing wild moves, or unlikely positions is also a great way of creating an intriguing photo. But when campussing, people tend to stay quite controlled, because the forces involved are put down solely through the arms and hands, instead of by the legs and feet. This means that it is way, waaay harder to hold these unlikely positions, and far harder to generate the sorts of forces that you let you get into them in the first place.
Nevertheless, I got my flash involved, and with a loaned 24-70 lens, I got stuck into the action and tried to get a good variety of shots to cover the different problems that were up around the centre.
Full credit to the Routesetters for managing to split a pretty competitive field, and massive thanks to the Depot for sorting out such a quality competition once again!