Spain 2012

Posted by on April 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Got over to Spain for first trip in 3-4 years to climb three 8cs’s at least. I pissed them all then OS’d the 9b and warmed down on everyone’s projects solo, barefoot, naked and drunk……… Well Spain was yet another slap in the face to how deluded my climbing is in my world of dreams. […]

Feeling Cold and Short

Posted by on January 17, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Hamish bears his mid-drift on Le Tout du Loup, l’ Elephant. What better way to kick off a new year and decade than with a bouldering trip to Fontainebleau. It had been 6 years or so since my last visit and over a decade since I visited in cool conditions. Thanks to some swift planning […]

Spain Autumn 08

Posted by on November 22, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Margalef valley. It was a busy send off leaving for Spain again probably worse than any other. I’d been foolish to let work tire and stress me out to the extent of not training or climbing in a month. Arriving back in Spain for three weeks climbing my initial goals were to equip and climb […]

The Jewel in the Crown

Posted by on July 20, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Ceuse from Tallard airstrip. Monday 8th – Friday 18th July. The weekends prior to heading out to Ceuse hadn’t been as productive as I hoped. A visit to Chapelhead didn’t reap any redpoints due to some disappointing routes. The following weekend at Kilnsey followed a similar pattern when I got spanked on Man with a […]

Searching for Motivation in Spain

Posted by on March 12, 2008 at 12:11 am

On my last trip to Spain I got tantalisingly close to completing my objective La Puta Rue F8b+. Hungry for success I booked another visit through late February into March with Dave Mac. The winter nights flew by, but sadly my motivation wasn’t up for the same rigorous training regime I endured through the autumn. […]

Me Siento Enfermo

Posted by on November 28, 2007 at 2:22 am

Hurtling towards my next visit to Spain I couldn’t quite hold my training plans together in the final week. Feeling knackered from work and shutdown from a touch of impingement syndrome in my right shoulder I had to accept the fact my body was telling me to rest. I hadn’t quite managed to achieve all […]

Build up To Spain

Posted by on October 17, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Previous high point on La Puta Rue F8b+ in March, Margalef, Spain. I’ll be heading back to Spain in less than four weeks to try and complete the unfinished projects from my last visit. Top of my agenda is to complete an F8b+ at Margalef I tried called A La Puta Rue which crosses a […]

Spring Carbon Footprinting

Posted by on March 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm

After a very hectic couple of months working hard and moving house I have been feeling very stressed out and run down. Good form training and on Sabotage has again slipped from my fingers. I was therefore glad to get back to Catalonia for a climbing holiday but understood that my ambitions would not be […]

Siurana Part-2

Posted by on November 29, 2006 at 12:40 am

I was aware on returning to Siurana with Dave MacLeod that the focus of this trip would be different from the last and would focus on the tricky game of hard redpointing. Arriving in the valley we joined an inspiring community of the worlds best sport climbers with similar plans. The gossip at the bar […]

Siurana Part -1

Posted by on October 24, 2006 at 7:52 pm

Last week I spent a week sport climbing out in Siurana with Edinburgh climbers Sam Clarke and Iain Moody. Being my first foreign climbing holiday in a couple of years I wanted to climb as much as possible and keep redpoint attempts to a minimum. I have been keen to visit the Catalonya area of […]

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