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Me and Gareth up on crib goch. Determined to get back that fit

Peace x

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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.

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

Gear Review: Scarpa Crux Approach Shoe

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.

Pros:

  • These feel more flimsy than the Zen , the Tennies and the sportiva equivalents but they appear bombproof 
  • Superlight 
  • 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.

Cons

None. I simply can’t find any. The upper isn’t as thick as most other approach shoes but so far is holding well 

Verdict

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.

Aaaand back. Three Peaks done too

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.

I got asked to take a group of novices, they were great and well deserved to reach this final peak
I got asked to take a group of novices, they were great and well deserved to reach this final peak