Sunday, December 9, 2007

Will it ever stop raining!?!

Well since returning from Albarracin it seems like it has not stopped raining! I've managed to squeeze a few days out at Burbage North, doing some mileage. With all the rain it seems like the works and the gym have become my routine!! But that can't be a bad thing in the run up to christmas.


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Albarracin Bouldering

Hi all,

Well Sam and I are back from Albarracin after a fantastic two week bouldering trip. As far as places go this was a beautiful spot with amazing climbing. This is a new-ish venue, however the access has only just been agreed and is sensitive so staying to paths and only climbing on certain areas at certain times of the year is essential for climbers to continue enjoying this gem. Take your best spanish phrase book along though as the locals don't speak english, but they do appreciate you trying to speak spanish and will help you learn!

As for me personally is was some of the best bouldering I have ever done. I really felt like I consolidated at the F7b grade climbing from F7a+ - F7b+ daily on some amazing problems, showing that all the climbing at The Works and Grit is beginning to pay off. I really didn't want to come home, and nether did Sam so when we got home we booked our flights back for new year! Here's some photos to give you a flavour of the climbing...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Spanish Rock

After a busy week of coaching at The Climbing Works, I'm really excited to be off to Spain this weekend! After some last minute training on the new yellow circuit at the works, we are off to check out some new bouldering areas and enjoy the sun.

Will post the updates as they happen!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Back on the Grit

Well it's been an exciting week as the weather has been great!

Last Thursday saw us taking a trip up to Ilkley for me to try Deathwatch - E7 6b

I had previously tried this route on a really warm day in the summer and has been waiting for good weather to go back and try it. The day came and we decided to head up. It had been a couple of months since I tried it and it felt terrible on the top rope. Eventually I sorted the moves out on my second top rope at which point I decided to go for the lead. It felt great on the lead and it felt easier than it ever had done before!

For photos and a full report check out next months issue of CLIMB magazine and to see the footage of the ascent check out the new film HARD XS, which will be out on the 10th November (ish - I think!)

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Hard rock and Weddings

Well after some terrible weather and not much else to do but train in the Climbing Works - at last a perfect day. Today I had arranged to meet up with the Hard Rock Challenge boys who are currently traveling around the UK trying to climb all the routes in the book 'Hard Rock', in 5 weeks.

As a North Face Athlete and TNF sponsoring the event, I went along to join them for a pitch at Stoney Middleton. They arrived after already doing a route at Chee Dale and after the route they were heading to Cubar, Froggat and Stanage to complete the Peak District section. Hard Core, never mind hard rock challenge.

Push on boys - may the weather be with you!

Tomorrow sees the 5th wedding of the year - my good friends Dylan and Lucy. Hopefully the weather will stay good for them also.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Blog up and running!

Hi there,

Well I have finally begun to rewrite my website and set up a blog now I'm a full time climber again! Yipeee

Thanks to my sponsors and loving support of my fiancee I have been able to leave the world of full time work and begin training and devoting time to my climbing again.

Over the last couple of years I have had a hectic teaching job which saw my squeeze a few routes in outside - notably E7 6c Kaluza Klein and bouldering Font 7b+ out in Switzerland. So if it ever stops raining I will be able to get out and try some of the routes on mmy tick list.

Watch this space!