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…
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
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 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 🙂
So I’m trying to be a little more focused on improving my bouldering. My lead climbing has definitely suffered though. I’m trying to do something every day to improve or maintain my bouldering …. including my now weekly yoga. I even made it outdoors to Birchen Edge in the Peak District, UKC logbook here
I’m also trying to build in little things like extensor exercise and my indo board
I may also have eaten a LOT of cheese
Spring is here. Be positive all x
Training begins NOW
I’m determined to go back stronger, fitter and prepared