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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

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

X

Spofforth Pinnacles

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