Monday, 17 August 2015

Trying to climb while being eaten alive

Midges. Just thinking about writing this blog post is making me itch. The little blighters get everywhere. They have no sense of self preservation - only a desire for blood. Swarming in numbers, their chance of survival increases, but their insatiable lust for the red stuff overwhelms any instinct to prolong their tiny lives. They land in their dozens in places easily swiped with a sleeve. Their bite is a suicide call for the great hand to sweep down and wipe them away.

Monday, 10 August 2015

A summer cocktail of weekend rock climbing

Limestone, grit, plastic and wood - a recipe for a great cocktail of weekend climbing. We mixed it up and hit it hard - drunk on fatigue by the time Sunday came to a close.

The weary walk along Rivelin reservoir back to the van

Monday, 27 July 2015

A short bouldering weekend in wet Wales

Llanberis Pass
I had never been bouldering in Llanberis Pass. I've been to the Pass. I have climbed Snowdon. I have eaten at Pete's Eats. But I have never bouldered in the Pass. That's a poor show. So I set about remedying the situation with a quick weekend escape to the Welsh valley with Leigh-Anne.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Timings for British Bouldering Championships 2015

Cliffhanger weekend is upon us. 

Photos of the British Bouldering Championships competition wall sprouting out of the ground at Millhouses Park have been spotted on social media channels. 

From @HeasonEvents Twitter

Thursday, 11 June 2015

British Bouldering Championships back at Cliffhanger for 2015

The British Bouldering Championships (BBCs) is returning to Sheffield's Millhouses Park next month. It is once again the star attraction of Cliffhanger, following a sojourn to the Climbing Works last year

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Bouldering in Burbage Valley - Zaff Skoczylas (7C)

Spring is ending in England and Summer is coming. It's been rather mild since our return from Spain but the temperatures are definitely on the rise. Mid-teens still feel cool after you've spent a week hiking in the high twenties, however.

A day after landing in Manchester airport, we were still psyched for climbing on rock. And so the following day we found ourselves climbing in Burbage Valley. I managed to get up a relatively new boulder problem called Monochrome, which is a gem. I wonder why it hadn't been done a while ago, in all honesty, as it's a pretty obvious looking line and good fun. It's graded 7B but it felt easier to me as I finished it rather quickly after finding the right place to put my left heel hook.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A trip to Montserrat mountain in Catalonia, Spain

Describing our trip to Montserrat, in the Catalonia region of Spain, as a sport climbing holiday would not do it justice. Not by half. The first time we visited, in 2014, we were drawn to the area by beautiful photos, descriptions and the rich history of the multi-peaked mountain. And, of course, the sport routes. Little did we know the adventure that awaited us.