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
So it came to the time where my Zen Pros were getting shot and I needed to replace. I was shocked that Scarpa had discontinued the Zen Pro and I couldn’t find them in my size throughout the net. I got talked into buying the Crux in go outdoors (using their handy match and 10% off from here) I wasn’t totally convinced but I needed some shoes and they were a great price at £72.
These feel more flimsy than the Zen , the Tennies and the sportiva equivalents but they appear bombproof
Awesome grip on mud and wet ground from the vibram sole
Scarpa climbing rubber through the toe is super sticky
the sole is solid meaning you can climb with confidence, i solo’d some vdiffs in them the other day in the wet with no fear.
None. I simply can’t find any. The upper isn’t as thick as most other approach shoes but so far is holding well
If you need new approach shoes I can’t think of a better buy. People who love 5: 10 will continue to say the guide Tennies are better but if you look around the more recent reviews are quite critical of them being left behind technologically and the quality getting worse. The latest sportiva seemed good wwhen I tried it but it’s so slim I couldn’t fit it.
Well sort of. The finger is still knackered and not meant to be climbing but I couldn’t take horizontal life any more. Gentle 6a+ for now!
In the meantime I did the Yorkshire three peaks, Derwent valley, planned a van conversion, moved jobs to Leeds so I’m closer to climbing on a night and my other half is moving in so doing a lot of DIY (just how many clothes can one woman have… 3 wardrobes later)
Nat, my partner, isn’t a climber but is a free spirit who is more than happy to sit in the outdoors sketching while I boulder.
Not much climbing here but lots of positives.
No E11's, no Yosemite, no hair-rasing solos, just the beautiful art from an average climber