Spent a cracking day up at Froggatt last week with Ed and Steve, where we ticked off some all time classic's. First up was Downhill racer, the famous E4 solo which was smoothly sent by Steve. I then followed. We then all headed over to Narcissus to have a blast at that. And after a few goes Steve cracked the sequence and in true style pushed on to the top! A brilliant effort!! I did Oedipus again and then wimped out on The Mint 400. After that Ed was keen to have a crack at Sling Shot V10. In just a few attempts he nailed the move, and that was that! Check out the video. I then finished the day off with Great Slab E3 and Artless E5. An awesome day with ascents all round!
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Have been out a bit more recently as the weathers impoved and the days are getting slightly longer!! We both ticked Genocide up at Cratcliffe last week which is a brilliant E6 6c. Short and sweet! Took a few lobs on it (see video!). Then today was up at Bamford for the first time, avec Adam B where we did Jasmin E6 6b. A nice short wall on slopey crimps and a dodgy landing. Great to be back on the grit routes again! We also spent last weeknd down in London at The Outdoor Show where we competed in the BBC's. I am shit at comps and unsurprisingly didnt do that well but had a fun day out. Ed, however did very well coming 11th out of a strong field and around 60 climbers.
Friday, 7 January 2011
We have just arrived back in town, after spending the last week and a bit out in Rodellar in Catalunya. We flew out on Boxing Day to Barcelona and headed to the tiny little village of Rodellar where we spent the next 9 days climbing in the gorge and staying at the Kalandraka refugio. We were joined on the second day by Jersey’s latest export Ted Kingsnorth. The next few days were spent enjoying some of the best limestone sport climbing around and we had a great time out there!!
We realised that most of the famous, steep tuffa lines would be wet but new that there would be enough routes to pick and choose from. In the end we climbed some awesome lines. Highlights included onsighting some radical 7b+’s such as the famous Pince sin rire and then doing one of the best routes ever Made in Mascun 7c+. I also nabbed a few cheeky redpoints of Gracias Fina 8a and El lado oscuro de la fuerza 8a+. Ed got pumped after doing the amazing 40m Evasion 8a+ (after hold loss), another 8a+ and finished in style with an ascent of El salto del angel for his second 8b+.
We basically had the gorge to ourselves each day! Again the Kalandraka were great and a big up must go to Alexandra and Sole for helping us out and organising a great party of New Years Eve.
Back in the UK now and keen to start getting out a bit more, if the weather ever lets us. Plans are to get a few more Grit routes under the belt and some trips over to Malham. We are also saving up to buy a van for a summer Roadtrip. Venga Vamos!!!!!