Recent estimates suggest that up to 80% of the British population will become infected with the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and suffer from COVID-19 at some point. A lot of climbers may find themselves in the frustrating predicament of trying to prevent boredom while trapped indoors. We've compiled a list of activities that will help you keep your sanity and hopefully prepare better you for any adventures you plan to go on once normality resumes.
- Update your logs
Make sure all your latest ascents are in your logbook, and check out your partner's ascents at UKC Logbooks.
- Clean your rope
A somewhat tedious task, that is often put off. But a quick wash in the bath will get your rope sparkling. Take a look at our advice in this article.
- Re-proof your layers
It can be hard to find the time to do this normally, as it means taking the layer out of action while you clean it, re-proof it, and dry it, so now is the perfect time! (Some useful advice in the forums).
- Practise some Yoga
Return to climbing stronger and more flexible by making some time to focus on your body and mind doing some yoga.
- Create a DIY hangboard
Even a DIY novice can have a pretty good go at making their own hangboard. With lots of guides online, it could be the perfect project to sink your teeth into.
- Have a virtual hangboard/board climbing competition with friends
Link up with your mates via Skype/a streaming app and hold a virtual hangboard competition or game of add-on. If you don't care about competition, do it for the social and training benefits!
- Sell your unused gear
Clear out the cupboard (and make space for shiny new gear) by working out what you no longer need. Unwanted gear can find many a new home, from charity shops, to people just starting out looking for a good deal.
- ... Or re-purpose your old gear
From rope mats to dog leads, to chairs and more, you may find your retired gear still has a lot of life in a new reincarnation.
- While you're at it, label the gear you are keeping
There's nothing more frustrating than losing gear, or getting confused at the crag as to what gear belongs to whom. A monotonous task, but it could pay dividends in the future.
- Improve your editing skills
With two weeks off, you can achieve 3% of the 10,000 hours until perfection rule to become a master of photo/video editing!
- Build your core
Unless you have your own in-house bouldering wall, it can be hard to maintain your climbing strength while in isolation. However, most core workouts can be done even in quite limited space.
- Binge on some amazing climbing films
If you're not feeling well enough to leave the couch, enjoy the wealth of climbing films that YouTube and Vimeo (and others!) have to offer.
- ... Or watch some climbing competitions
- Add climbs to your Wishlist and find some inspiring Ticklists
Browse through UKC logbooks to find climbs you'd love to do and add them to your wishlist. While you're at it, find some ticklists you hepe to complete one day here.
- Practise your knots and rescue techniques
As you may already be rusty from winter, now's a great time to remind yourself of some of the lesser-used knots, along with hauling systems etc. for self-rescue.
- Weigh your rack
Find out what is dragging you down, and maybe see if you can strip out certain pieces.
- Indulge in some fantastic reads
From inspiring new guides, both rock and hill, to biography, fiction and poetry, there is bound to be a book you can thoroughly enjoy while battling the virus.
- Shop for new gear
Hopefully you can still rely on the postal service working to get new gear delivered straight to your door. Check out our latest reviews for some inspiration.
- Do the physio you've been putting off
We always find an excuse to not do quite as much physio as we could, so while you're self-isolating, try strengthening your rotator cuff, or improving the range of your injured ankle.
- Organise your gear
There are some beautiful ways to organise your gear, and it can really save time when packing for trips etc., so why not take some time now to make a system that works for you, be that a cupboard or a pegboard!
- Clean your cams
A toothbrush, some warm soapy water, and maybe some WD-40 and lube, and you can make your sticky cams feel as smooth as the day they came out of the factory.
- Browse through the entire Rockfax collection in the app
With a subscription for just £4 a month, you can spend countless hours planning your future trips on the Rockfax app. Find out more here.
- Enjoy the ever growing number of podcasts
If you want to give your eyes a rest, and enjoy some peaceful chatter, explore a number of climbing-related podcasts. From Mina and Hazel to Niall Grimes, Epic TV to UKC, a quick google search will keep you engaged for hours.
- Search through UKC photos
Got any other suggestions? Comment them and we'll keep this list updated!