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Time to talk about Skye

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 🙂

Peace 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

Font Training week 1

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

Buckstones Bouldering

It’s very rare that climbing cones second to anything else but today the simple joy of being out in the sun surpassed it. We toiled through snow, frost and thick fog to emerge into this…

It was Amy’s first time bouldering outdoors so we hit the big grades (f3+) hard. Amy was awesome and still finds my inability to climb slabs and mantle annoying, I made her climb overhangs as revenge. She did really help me on my technique though and I loved getting back into the feel of bouldering. 

It was so warm we were down to tshirts and still sweating. the ‘feels like’ temperature must have been around 20. 

Anyway, awesome  to get out, beautiful scenery and two happy climbers

What an awesome week

So the mrs was away which means I can play (climb) party (climb) and be naughty (climb harder?)

The weekend was epic as you will have seen and Monday started with a stunning hangover, a good session on woodhouse with Jack and Bex sorted that with my first climb of Centipede HS 4b and good for that grade, horrid top out below.

The evening culminated in a stunning sunset.
Tuesday was myself and Jack exploring at Hetchell Woods, great secluded venue and odd rock and climbs, requires a step back and a rethink. Led centurion (S4a) and walked away happy 

Wednesday was another session at Wharncliffe where I had unfinished business.  Introduced Dave to the great buttress then I put up Trapeze (HS4b) and then soloed Fly Wall (HS 4a) although where you are meant to place gear I haven’t a clue. I got in trouble for this photo….

Then last night I went back to the climbing works, first time since I bust my finger there, although nervous I quickly reestablished myself on the yellows and loved the setting. I had forgotten just how good the climbing works is. 

Climb strong people and make the most of the summer 

(Can you feel the positivity?)