Nicely worn out.

What a week, a pick up in weather has ramped up the climbing appetite and when crags look this good in the sun it’s hard to resist

I had my first foray into bouldering on Almscliffe and ran into John Proctor, bit of a climbing and guiding legend who knows everyone. She showed me round some cool mid grade boulders and in was surprised to get some nice 6a’s in. The grit was top quality if a little polished here and there. Much better than the trad lines. Absolute stormer called Gimme that Pebble had me quivering as I rocked over that damn pebble for the top.

I followed that up Friday by a trip to Wetherby Crag. It’s just popped up on 27 crags. Apparently a bit of an old skool venue used by the big names in the 80s for traversing it has fallen out of favour by all but the locals. I took Sam from Leeds Yoga up there and found a huge number of high quality limestone boulder problems. Possibly one of my favourite venues.

The ukc logbook for the crag was severely neglected so I’ve now taken it on. Hopefully to get some interest down there.

In amongst all this lots of gardening, food and relaxing

Climb hard peeps

Busy week touring

Not a climbing post. Got the van down to Europe for the first time which has been fun and scary.

A few days in bruges and lille before a dash down to font which was wet but great for a walk.

Been great to spend time with the crazy lady before we get back to reality. I have 7 weeks to train for font and after all the bad (good) food and beer this week I need to get on it. And we both need to get on with looking good for the wedding. And planning it of course, 5 months to go.

Promise climbing updates soon. But for now …

Horse Thief Quarry

We may be mad but we made a dash for sunshine before the snow today. Dave had noticed a sheltered quarry that also got the sun and alsi not in a guidebook. With an early start we hit the rock early and found it nice and warm although belaying was in down jackets and gloves!

Superb day, best named climbs I’ve seen and I put up my hardest sport grade outdoors in the UK

Check it out here on inc

Wet weather plans- Cathedral Cave

So on the pretence of a friends birthday and due to foul weather we headed off into the lakes. The weather really was manky.

I’m not sure the van option was a great idea as 80mph winds were rocking it to the edge.

But we set off over the tops , battered drenched but happy 

We wandered through the old copper mines, it’s incredible to think of the guys literally teeing through mountains. And that rock is hard! We made it into Cathedral Cave, is hoped it was still bolted but looks like the National trust don’t want climbing in there. Still stunning though

We made it back through various quarries in time for cake alcohol and games 

And don’t  mess with the girls



Plotting the year for mortals

It’s more than a little agonizing seeing all the pro climbers constantly travelling and looking at my meagre holiday allowance. 

In an effort to stretch it out I’ve planned a week in Scotland to tick Nevis, a mini euro road trip, another yoga retreat in Portugal a few festivals aaaaaaaaaand a fortnight in Font in May.

Super psyched already and starting to plan training. Hoping to call in on font on my way back from luxembourg in March and have a scout. 

I feel the next 5 months of my life may be focused on this rock…

Looking back at new year last year and looking forward. 

I was pretty happy at last new year, it was pre-yoga and pre-campervan. Both of which have had a huge effect on my life. 

I’m now fairly solid in thev6c-7a range on indoor sport and I boulder and 6b+ with an odd foray up to 7a. I put up a solid e1 towards the end of the year on trad too.

This year I’m going to make it about self actualization and the outdoors. Already the van us getting us out more and we are going to explore with trips to scotland, Luxembourg, France and Belgium planned. I’m determined to get back to font and spend more time bouldering outdoors. 

One of my main aims this year is to be less greedy especially around food, and sweet things, I would like to be more respectful of the planet and my body.

I am hoping to stay fit and will push forward with my yoga practice to improve my physical and mental health.

These are not measurable targets like last year but in think this reflects on the change in me over the last 12months. 

Much love and good luck for 2018


No E11's, no Yosemite, no hair-rasing solos, just the beautiful art from an average climber