Here’s a short video from a trip to Fairy Cave Quarry, Somerset earlier this year. The video includes James Pymn and I climbing ‘Toblerone’ E1 5b and a handsfree ascent of ‘Grow your own weekend’ E2 5b by Pymn.
It was awesome to take photos of you all at The Project Climbing Centre Flashmasters Winter Comp. Series. It was a much harder set than the others but you guys smashed it!
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I’m Sam, here at After the Send, I have been the team photographer for 3 years. I have experience taking photos in many different areas. I began taking photos originally at music festivals and gigs; later gaining experience at weddings and my favourite, outdoor and adventure sports.
I am now available for freelance photography as well- personal profiles, advertising gear and apparel, events and on locations (at the crag or your local wall). I will work on a daily rate that we decide on together to fit your individual budget. I am Dorset based but happy to travel all over the United Kingdom and abroad. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Most climbing trips start with seeing a picture or video of a crag, finding out who’s been there and asking them questions. That is usually followed up by buying a guidebook, booking flights and a last minute car hire. This trip was different… apart from the car hire.
Fontainebleau has been a common hang out for the whole of the After The Send team for years now. We have learnt so many different things from that forest- technique, surviving in cars and vans but for me I have learnt that I just love sandstone! It is such an incredible rock to climb; a bit of creativity and body tension is all you need. So when Pymn and Connie came back from a trip to Europe with a new guide book to a sport crag in Luxembourg boasting sandstone sport (!!!), it wasn’t long until I was planning a trip there.
Recently, we have started climbing quite a lot with a local climber, Chris Weedon. He has been climbing for best part of 17 years and is still psyched! He convinced Pymn, Tom and me to head to South Wales, the Gower, for a quick weekend away and some seriously steep sport. It was an awesome trip full of amazing rock, beautiful beaches and hard climbs.
As you know, we like our independent climbing brands and through Friends of the Send we like to share them with you. So we would like to introduce: Constant Climbing.
Bluewater Lightning Pro:
Looking for a new rope? Well, I recently got my hands on a Bluewater Lightning Pro from Holdbreaker. The rope is a 9.7mm double-dry (meaning that it is protected from water and dirt).
I am guessing you guys know how much we love Fontainebleau? A lot!
Over the May bank holiday Emmie and I headed out there for 60 hours in the forest, unfortunately it rained for the first day but the second and third it was glorious.
Do you recognise any of the problems?