Friday, 28 March 2014

El Winter update

 So the last few of months have been fairly busy with work and other stuff and not loads of climbing except for training at the wall, hence not having much to write about on el blog but thats all changed last couple of weeks after having had some cracking days out and about.  It been a long, 3 month wait of wet weather but it all came good finally. So anyway felt like I had enough interesting stuff worthy writing a blog about so here we go...
Spent 11 days out in Siurana (Spain) over New Year. Was nice to be back sport climbing again after quite some time out. Wasn't one of my best trips climbing wise feeling abit out of touch but great to be back on some long pumpy routes again. Great to see a load of people and hang out in a awesome place.

Examining the guide on my first visit up to Montsant 

L'olla sectuer Siurana 

Cheeky little fellow caught sunbathing

Beautiful sunsets as always in Spain 


Rope Access work down at the 'lovely' Butlins in Minehead and Skeggness. Some interesting rigging and great views!

Spent a great weekend down in Dartmouth with my buddies from our Canadian trip last summer. Got the finishing interviews for the film about our expedition which will be out very soon! Got a couple of stills from the film of The Corba boulder. Here's the taster to the film

Cirque Of The Unclimbables - Trailer Part 1 from Kinetic Challenges on Vimeo.

The Cobra from the film edit of the Cirque of Unclimables 

Spent the morning getting wet and overly excited on Muzz's jetkski!

Some of the sends from the last few weeks in glorious Derbyshire

Ed on the desperate Adrian Berry route Elm street E8 6c at Millstone

A well proctected E6 6c Mothers Pride

Ulyessse E6 6b at the Stanage Plantation

Two views of the crux moves of the incredible line Edge lane E5 5c at Millstone 

                               The last scary move on Simba's Pride E8 6b at Burbage South

                     Jose having just had his rope cut by the gate of the karabiner! Be warned... 

                                       Dawes route Avoiding the traitors E7 6c at Bamford

                                          Best view in the Peak over looking Ladybower

Me and Mike sheltering from a sudden shower

                                                 Green Death E5 5c, nearly at the peg...

Auto de fe E4 6a on a baking day up at Rivelin edge

And finally my project the last few months kitting out my new Caddy, ready for some trips this spring!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Its getting ccccold!

Well seeing as Ed wrote a blog the other day and he reminded me to put something up on here, which I haven't done for a bit. So anyway it definitely got rather chilly this last week and people have been out making good use of the dry weather which is great to see! The hard grit trad seems to be quite popular at the moment with hard stuff being done all over the place. We've been quietly ticking away too...
Here are a few ticks from the last couple of months

The Driven Bow 

Nadin's test-piece Paralogism 

Cemetery Waits

Hen Cloud sunset 

Geckoblaster up at Shinning cliff

Shine On

Inertia real

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Autumn updates

So its been over a month since the last blog and quite a bit has happened over that time!
Firstly I spent another week down south, meeting up with Tanja and some London friends, where we mainly did some easier routes down at Dancing ledge, Winspit and some dws at Fisherman's ledge. Also had a couple of nice days over on Portland, a place I hadnt been back to in about 5 years. Its such a great place with a huge amount of rock! Was a fairly steady week in climbing terms due to injuring my wrist the week before but did manage some quality lines. A flash of Hall of Mirrors (7c) at The Cuttings was a surprise and a rather stiff test on Zinc Oxide Mountain (7b+) the following day. Deep water soloing The Conger (6b) and Freeborn man (6c) were also a high light!

Freeborn Man crux

Awesome position!

Dancing ledge heat...

Chalk them hands

The Conger

Fisherman's Jump!

Swanage harbour 

Since then a couple of days over at the Roaches doing some classic onsight ticking such as The Swan (E3), Elergy (E2), Hunky Dory (E3) and Track of the Cat (E5) all of which have been great to get the head back in the game for some harder stuff this winter.

Beautiful outlook

Classy moves on Elergy

Then finally, this weekend Ed and I drove up to Yorkshire and had a day at Ilkley and a day Caley. Another couple of places that we kept meaning to get up too for aaaages.
Managed firstly to do Desperate Dan (E6), a classy Fawcett solo from way back and then down by the quarry entrance a neat little crimpy line with a fairly sloping landing, ominously named Deathwatch (E6/7). Ed finished the day doing Ringpeice V8+
After a rather uncomfortable night in the van, we then spent a day over at Caley smearing up some classic Extreme rock ticks Psycho (E5) and the scary Adrenelin Rush (E5) and then finally the awesome and high The Great Flake (E6). This didnt come easy after taking a big plummet near the top, while trying to down climb unsuccessfuly! Thankfully no harm!

Bongo up at Ilkley

Cow and Calf sunset

Psycho and Adrenaline rush

Getting high on The Great Flake

Oooooh ho...