Sunday, 26 September 2010

3 peaks vets

Over the weekend I led 7 vets over the national 3 peaks. They were from Devon and have been doing some training over Dartmoor. 5 of the team completed the challenge in 25 hours, 2 didn't complete the challenge. Don't worry I haven't left them on the hill! The weather was perfect on each mountain and was a very sociable time as i saw many other providers doing the same as us. We started on Ben Nevis and finished on Snowdon at 8am on Sunday morning, then I slept for 2 days... There was a bit of a dusting on snow, well it was more like light rime ice formation with the crystals been blown around. Cold either way!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Wasted morning

Toady didn't quite go to plan, I had some routes in mind for the morning before the rain came in but unfortunately Barry 'needed' a sleep in and when I went to pick him up he was still in bed! So after a wait for him to get ready we headed down to Borrowdale and headed up to Eagle Crag. On arrival it started to drizzle and on the 2nd pitch it started to rain hard. We ended up climbing Falconer's Crack (VS 4C). We got soaked to the bone and ended running back to the car to dry off.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Local sport

Today Barry and I headed out for a little bit of local sport climbing. I had heard about this crag a while back so was pleased to go and check it out. Its called Coudy Rock and it a sandstone face in Appleby. There are about 20 route's here, some are better quality due to the soft nature of the sandstone. We climbed many of the routes there ranging from 6a - 7a. Topo's can be found on the Cumbria Bolt Fund website.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Back on the rock

Today Barry and I headed over to Shepherd's Crag for a couple of routes. We began with Magnetic North (E1 5b) on North Buttress. Barry doesn't lead so I led all the pitches. We then went onto Finale (HVS 5a), after watching someone take a massive whipper on it. We finished on MGC (E2 5c). Quite a few teams out enjoying the sunny but windy weather. Hopefully it will last for a while.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Rain in Wales, wet in England, same in Scotland

This weekend was another 3 peaks challenge with 21 employees from Travis Perkins. Out of the whole group, only 6 completed the challenge which was a good result with all the rough weather the group got battered with. We started on Snowdon and finished on Ben Nevis and each hill threw rain and winds at us. We got no views from any of the peaks but everyone's spirits were high.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Quiet but windy day

Today Emma and I headed up the Zig Zags on Gearr Aonach in Glencoe. Its a great little route for some hands on walking away from the crowds. We carried onto the summit of Stob Coire nan Lochan where we saw a couple of walkers on Bidean and also a team climbing Central Grooves (VS). There were very strong winds today which made the ridge leading to SCNL quite exciting.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Ben Classic

Last winter I climbed Minus 1 and 2 Gully in a day and I was really keen to climb the rock in the middle in the summer. So I headed up with Graham and climb the mighty Minus 1 Direct (E1 5b). Unfortunately we were beat to the base of the route but it was a very sociable day. The rock was dry and the situations were great. After topping out we went down North East Buttress and abseiled down Slingsby's Chimney.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Fry an egg on here

Today Kenny, Rich Bentley and I headed down to Etive Slabs and it was a total scorcher! On arrival we saw teams on Spartan Slab (VS). We Climbed The Pinch Direct (E3 5c). It cant have been climbed for some time so did need a bit of a clean but we did manage to find a way through. rich couldn't find a way through the upper pitch and time was running out so we traversed off to the top of Hammer for a speedy escape. A great route, it did take some getting used to though!