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!)