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. […]

Wales 2012 – Part 1

Posted by on March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Back in Wales a little later than planned due to work and injuries. Hitting the ground running wasn’t going to happen. As confirmed on the first day the cave delt me a welcome back slap in the face. Especially hard as there were 30 people in there and a few beasts ticking my projects easily […]

Smeg Monkey’s

Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 1:37 am

Playing The Waiting Game F8a (Pic: Tommy Chammings) It was Diamond season again and time for my annual trip to North Wales. The forecast was rubbish for cold, windy drizzle. The only good part although a strong wind was probably the best possible thing to dry out the Diamond grease. On Monday we got down […]

Rumble in the Jungle

Posted by on August 30, 2011 at 1:13 am

Thor’s Cave After a couple of weeks break to train I got back to the peak with Stu. We started on Monday at the Cornice fresh and keen for some 8′s. I got back on Unleashing F8a aka Mr Glass which felt surprisingly good. I was feeling confident after getting a big link through the […]

Getting Connected

Posted by on August 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

I got back to Yorkshire with Nick after a five week break. Sadly the late summer rain had taken out most of the climbing. We persisted though and managed to get on the drier parts of the Malham catwalk. It was a good opportunity for me to get Connect 4 8a finished off a route […]

Summer Returns

Posted by on August 8, 2011 at 12:25 am

After a weeks turn around I headed back to the peak with Stu. Driving down on the sunday night seemed to sort out my headache problems of late and free up more daylight. The forecast wasn’t brilliant for hard stuff at 22 deg with stinking humidiy. Saying that we foolishy opted to start on the […]

Spider Men

Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 11:47 pm

The splendid Plum Buttress, Cheedale   I had a trip planned to the peak with Michael but it seemed to take a few months to find dates when we were both free. Both in need of something motivating to try I suggested The Spider F8a, a 30m jaunt through Plum Buttress, one of the steepest […]

Urgent Action!

Posted by on July 7, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Last year I started working the Yorkshire classic Urgent Action, one of the big three they say of classic 8a+’s on Kilnsey, Malham and Goredale. Having watched people on it for so long I was bount to be disappointed when I got on it last year and found some moves to be horribly reachy and […]

Toadal Recall

Posted by on June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm

  Got back to Yorkshire this week with Nick. We started off at Malham since it was cool and damp. I was keen to try Toadal Recall F8a a route on the upper tier I’d always had earmarked for a winters day send. Despite the fact it was June it was fairly cool. Just as […]


Posted by on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Last tricky move on The King 7c+, Longhaven.   I had planned a trip with Michael. Since he got The Gurrie finished off earlier in the week I was spared the Steall midges an instead we opted for the Longhaven sea cliffs north of Aberdeen. In particular I was keen to checkout the sport routes […]

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