Monday, 14 July 2014

Trad revival. Part 1


Cold sweats. Hot temperatures. Delusions. Shaking furiously. A few of the many symptoms I've had since going cold turkey, but I couldn't hold out any longer. I needed my fix so when the offer came up I couldn't help myself, I had to take it. But I didn't want to go through this alone. I needed a friend to do this with me. So I called up 'Ginger' Ben. I knew that he would help me through these dark times and hold my ropes.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Naia - Aiguille Verte

Photo; Jon Griffith

After a week's work... I know right! A whole week's work. Probably my first full week in 3 years. Please don't hate me! Jon phoned me up to see if I'd be keen for a quick hit on Naia. I was heading back to Scotland for my Sister's wedding in three days time. So I hadn't really planned for any climbing trips into the hills. After a quick discussion I realised I could do the route, have a nights sleep then fly home. Which is exactly what happened.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

You stay classy Patagonia!


 After feeling my neck and shoulders being torn apart from my rucksack shoulder straps, due to carrying yet another hefty load, I’m unsure whether I’m happy or sad that I won’t be walking into these hills again… We’ve been very un-fortunate with the weather in Patagonia this season, but nevertheless it’s been an amazing trip that I won’t forget. The scenery here is absolutely breath taking. It, sometimes, takes your mind away from the big walk ins and heavy bags. We didn’t get any of the big ticks we were hoping for, but I’m just so grateful that I got the chance to come and see these mountains that I’ve heard so much about.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Playing it by ear.




























Obviously the main objective for the trip is Cerro torre. But like most climbing trips around the world you have to play it by ear and go with what the weather dictates. Patagonia especially! Since my last post there hasn’t been much action in the mountains due to a lot of cold & snowy weather. Most locals are saying that this is a pretty poor season. So this hindered our thoughts of doing any free climbing on rock routes. We thought it’d make more sense to go mixed climbing instead. Seeing that there was going to be a days weather window on Friday, we headed up on Thursday morning to bivvy on Piedra Negra.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Patagonia, Mojon Rojo



So after our exciting flights and travels to get here, I am finally writing from Patagonia. There were a few moments along the way that I was un-sure I’d make it here due to delayed flights, and almost missing a connecting flight where we had to travel from one airport to another. But now that I am here I can relax, or so I thought…

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Happy Birthday Jesus.


Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you've all had a merry old time and enjoyed yourselves. 2013 has a been a pretty exciting year. Was a bit gutted that the Autumn climbing season didn't really happen for me, but I've got a feeling that 2014 is going to be great.

Friday, 20 December 2013

North face of the Grandes Charmoz



Jon and Myself had actually went for this face last year, but were unfortunately shut down on the first pitch due to poor conditions. Even though the face isn't steep, apart from the upper sections, you still want good conditions to climb the route fast and efficiently. As I said in a previous post. The Autumn hasn't been too good to us so everyone has been quite un sure what will be good to climb. Then Jon told me that some Italians had climbed the Charmoz.