E1

Finally. It’s taken 20months of leading trad to climb my first ‘proper’ E1 yesterday. Not just a glorified 6m boulder route. It’s called Pinnacle Arete at Wharncliffe. You can check it here

The same day also top roped an E2 that I’m fairly certain I’d rather do over my boulder mat than with a rope on as I couldn’t find a placement on it.

And I spent my day with these two cracking people

O and find this little fellow while soloing. I nearly fell off!

It’s gritstone season, welcome to my backyard! If in the Sheffield area come say hi and share a nip of the strong stuff at a crag

Peace x

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Castle Naze crag

It’s ages since I’ve put anything in here about climbing which probably has a lot to do with my hectic diary, state of mind and lack of climbing. I was persuaded however to head out to castle naze this weekend.

This is a brilliant little crag, probably with enough routes to keep you going 3 or 4 trips and of all grades from diff to e3 + check the UKC here .

Best thing about this place is the view. A beautiful rolling valley, little hamlets, raptor, farming and great rock.

Nothing was loose, belays were good and the rock lovely and grippy. Good belay stances too and the descent is about 30seconds!

Much love x

Donated House weekend

I feel it’s positive to share this little project and when I say little I mean huge, fabulous and nuts.

If you fancy visiting, seeing the project or exploring a brilliant part of the country, Grace now has a wendy house in the woods that you can rent on air bnb. check it out HERE

Another weekend of learning building skills, eating excellent food, card games and friendship without the trappings of phones, internet and hurry.

I also had a go at cooking plantain for the first time, it’s amazing! Great discovery

Please check put the project below

http://donatedhouse.org.uk/?p=3086

Midyear Resolutions…advice needed

So a couple of weeks ago I put up on Facebook that I was going to make some mid year resolutions and there were quite a few.

  • Eat more vegetarian
  • Give up caffeine
  • Practice yoga more out of class
  • Eat a little more consciously and a lot more vegetarian.
  • Be more mindful
  • Try and sleep better or at least get into a better routine.
  • Walk around barefoot more
  • Not beat myself up if I don’t achieve these

So a few weeks in an in thought I’d have a little reflection. As for eating myself and Nat had a vegan week which was good, cheaper although put a bodies went through a grim detox. We got into tofu and we’ve kept vegetarian dishes in the diet a little more.

Sleepwise I’ve had a few nights where I’ve slept 8hrs which for me is huge. I’m trying to put my phone down at 9.30pm and read a little more. This has been aided by me cutting coffee. I’m down to one in a morning which I now enjoy rather than it being necessary

The mindfulness hasn’t been as successful. At the moment work is piled up and my personal life is hectic. I’m struggling to find a place to be mindful. I would love to meditate but cannot find the headspace.

Yoga has also been a struggle with my teacher off for a few weeks and mynrushing around I haven’t done as planned but this can be remedied. I have also booked a yoga retreat which I’m nervous about but looking forward to trying.

Time to find space xx

Snowdon via crib goch

Ok ok ok I know many people climb Snowdon and a fair few go via Crib Goch bit this was a fabulous walk with friends, an ecvellentbstag do in fact. I’d be warned that Crib Goch was scary and given my issues with drops and high places I was more than a little nervous but it was absolutely fine. The weather was a little misty but cleared as we climbed.

It was great to head out with some people who had never done a ridge before and the entire party made it with mild whimpering

We even got the stag to the top which was fabulous. 3hrs 45 up. And we them ran off from the top back to the car park in around 45minutes.

The best thing my knees held together with no pain which gives me hope for more walking. On the list: national three peaks, blencathra via sharp edge and schiehallion.

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