I’m very aware that I’ve slacked off writing on here, I’ve even avoided reading and commenting on blogs. And that sucks as I love you guys and I’ve done so.e cool bouldering recently. I guess the elephant in the room is Skye. I went up with a large group of climbers and had amazing experiences
I saw sea eagles and golden eagles
I climbed epic hills
Walked to beautiful places
And took a dip in the coldest freshest water you can imagine
And spent time with wicked brilliant beautiful people
But I also discovered fear. I hated the exposure on multipitches. Not helped by rolling a block on to my toe on the first day. I found it paralyzing and to the point where I struggled to lead anything of any grade. Which was frustrating and I felt had a negative impact on those around me.
I swore in the last day I wouldn’t multipitch again. I’m still at that point if I’m honest. Certainly not big ones anyhow which frustrates me as I love the way multipitch gets you somewhere. I don’t know how to overcome it
Check my van though 🙂
So the Skye post hasn’t gone up yet because I don’t know how to word it. Needless to say I’ve gone back to bouldering in a big way and that’s meant searching out some ‘new rock. I found a little crag on 27 crags app called Spofforth Pinnacles and it looked pretty good.
I was not however impressed on first sight….there should be rocks here….
However just over the hill I found something like a mini gritstone font. A field full of boulders and some fairly big ones at that
I only managed to get 11 problems done as my skin was weak from the previous night but they were high quality on awesome sharp unpolished grit. And I was the only person there. I guess this is the bonus of climbing somewhere not in the guides.
Fantastic evening. Good grades from 3 to 6a+ couldn’t have enjoyed it more
This was helped by a beautiful bit of weather!
UKClimbing link here
Peace out x
I’m sorry it’s been so long but I’ve been working on the van and having adventures on Skye. Updates coming soon. For now, the Cioch
I read this with a heavy heart and I know many of my climbing friends are in a similar position. Climbing has always been a peripheral sport, one for those wishing to escape. I think this is the last nail in the coffin and truly announces climbing as mainstream and a sport to be commercialised and pumped for cash.
I won’t be paying the subscription, frankly I don’t want to support the system and with everything else I have going on I can’t afford it. I will miss watching the events but not £120 a year. It will be interesting to see how this works out for the IFSC they must be predicting a huge loss in viewers but how many they need to retain to make profit is unclear. I’m pleased that competitors have shared concern about the effect on audiences particularly that the subscription will help them reach a wider audience.
I hope they put highlights up for free to ensure people still engage but looking at the deal I think this is unlikely.
Sad times, to to make our own events 🙂
Another day at Stanage. Was good to get out with Gareth and climb some cracking mud grade climbs. Led 3 VS and 1 HVS and followed Gareth up 4 more.
I’ve been pushing hard recently and seen some good gains, I’m fitter, on a better diet and climbed strong. This week however I’ve been knocked sideways by work, in the last three days I’ve worked more hours than I haven’t been in work and as a social worker it’s almost guaranteed to be a strain. But that’s what makes me an average climber, there’s many things come before my climbing. I just wanted to share this as I don’t want people to think I don’t have responsibilities and things just go ok. Sometimes life is bloody hard, especially for the kids I work with
Hope you’re all ok
Im so sorry, I went to Stanage, it was sunny, I climbed and didn’t take any pics. It was great to get the trad rack out and put a few routes up. I’d forgotten what it was like to trust a new belayer but we went with Nat’s friend, Peggy. Which is far more scary when you know she’s lead 8a before. Although it is nice when she says you lead something hard.
Here’s the logbook from yesterday
OK ok I know it’s nothing hard but I am the average climber
Bring on light nights x