Sunday, 14 December 2008
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Friday, 22 August 2008
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
Heres some profiles and pictures of the event - 3 words - short and Sharp!
Caroline finished 9th Senior Lady despite a fall on the descent - got us back training on the fells with a vengance
Friday, 4 July 2008
Monday, 30 June 2008
Again, not lookin the most steady... Placing the definition of Mental protection - the smallest Black Diamond Cam - placed in a flared sandstone mini-crack. I tested this on abseil and it ripped straight out...pointless!
Ready for launch - all set up on the smears and tiny edges before the crux dyno for a rounded break - i hadn't got this move first go on a toprope ever before, so without any warmup i was all too aware i was gonna fly off at this point. Ripping the crap Cam and (hopefully) stopping above the ground providing the old Peg below me held
I caught it! Now pumped and with the prospect of making it the climbing keeps comming - the groove tapers, getting narrower and narrower, every move feels at least Brittish Tech 6a...
the groove totally tapers out and theres a sequence of Monos on poorish footholds before you reach the top break (Ha, ha! Break! On lead, right below the top and about 10 ft higher than this picture, with no more gear, a handhold ripped off while i was about to top out sending me into one of those wavey armed barndoors!! i just managed to hold on!)
Sunday, 29 June 2008
I've been having broadband issues at home and YouTube is blocked at work so it's taken me this long to finally upload my naff first attempt to string together some of the footage from our fun week - The vid is from one wet day in Pembroke - Lots of Wet holds from the nights rain but the sun came out so we went onsighting! Typically all the best climbs were not caught on film! and i didn't stick in any of the footage from working the Big Issue as none of us got on lead before the rain came... Enjoy and be kind - my first attempt at editing!
Friday, 27 June 2008
Nico belaying sean (in my hat) on his oh so almost successful 1st redpoint attempt. Just look at this position, Palming, hangjam-chickenwing, kneebaring, smearing, chimney-ing, face smear!!
Me belaying Nico - taking a deep breath before throwing himself into the groove for his last redpoint attempt!Me starting up Yukon II, E7 6b - damp sandstone! A great feature but not many holds - or trustworthy gear placements!
Thursday, 26 June 2008
A typical, chicken-winging, knee-baring, palming, smearing, chimney manoeuvre from this pitch! Physical!!
Thursday, 19 June 2008
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Saturday, 31 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
- i was climbing well by my standards at the beginning of the year
- i got injured and was forced to take 6/8 weeks off climbing
- during which time i was literally frothing at the mouth to climb and train!
- i began to feel better and started some easy climbing
- i began to hang and train again
- i started to send routes and boulder problems i had never managed before
- some insanely motivated and strong climbers come to visit for a month
- i realise theres an awesome hard trad crag 30 minutes from my door full of inspiring lines
- and now i've a week off climbing!
Don't you just love it when things come together?
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Friday, 25 April 2008
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Despite the odd reach required lower down, Caroline fairly cruised up this route, as a sports route it might get 7a, maybe even 7a+.... grades Caroline can lead fine - but as a trad lead with limited protection placements (sometimes fiddley to place) it's a different matter.... I'll keep ye posted!
Finger is feeling good - this doesn't count as climbing though as i didn't go above V6, Honnest! :)