Finally we have surfaced again, having held our breath through a storm of coursework, presentations and exams. Bursting through the other side of our Final year Exhibitions, desperate for some time to climb on real rock (after a considerable amount of beer and sleep). The next couple of months in Nottingham with no uni work […]Read More The light at the end of the library.
Things have been quiet recently, too quiet. With both of us being in our final year of study, balancing work commitments and climbing can be a tough game, especially when the nearby peak district has been soggy for about 2 months. Obviously, we’ve been training incredibly hard: And we plan to put our various climbing skills […]Read More Northbound.
Better late than never – here is a short video of our 11:30 hr speed ascent of the Leaning Tower, tied to Andy Kirkpatrick. This was our last ‘Big Wall’ at the end of the month in Yosemite, and I think its fair to say that it was totally beyond our expectations. When we sat […]Read More Captain Kirkpatrick and the one-day Enterprise – VIDEO
A short and not-so-sweet video that really is just a collection of video clips and pictures of our 2015 Scottish winter adventures (so far). This year we’ve been learning the way of the weekend warrior – stupendous cramped car journeys that pull into the North Face car park (the true centre of British mountaineering) at […]Read More Scotland, spindrift and vertical swimming
‘That’ll be £250 please’. I handed over my card. With some post Christmas money available and sick of having trousers that absorb more moisture than they keep out, i had invested in some decent hard shell trousers. Rather appropriately TNF Point Five, to which Cherrys first response was ‘If you’ve bought the trousers, you’ve gotta do […]Read More If you’ve bought the trousers, you’ve gotta do the route.
Every UK climber knows that pre-Christmas, is the wet season. Well realistically every season can be the ‘wet season’, and I certainly remember Autumn/ Winter times that were wetter than this one, but having said that it’s still pretty wet. Carefully balancing university commitments and climbing goals, this Autumn/ Winter has been one of indoor […]Read More The wet season
It’d been a long and difficult year (with some minor relapses) but for the most part, we’d managed to stay entirely Grit-free. We’d spent the year having long days out in the mountains, edging in the slate quarries, clippin’ bolts by the seaside and heaving our guts out in America. What a year, what could […]Read More Back on the Grit.
“Sweet Triple D send Bro!” – ‘Ghetto Blaster’ Joe, Yosemite local Below, we’ve put together a few of the little bits of video we managed to capture in Triple Direct. In all honesty we hoped to capture alot more, but with only 1 working camera between the two of us and with rather more things on […]Read More Triple D send bro!
“Do you want to do leaning tower in a day?” was the question. An enthusiastic “yeah that would be cool!” was the reply. That was all that constituted the brief exchange that, at 5 am the next morning, saw me perched on a narrow ledge in Yosemite Valley, belaying a head torch bobbing steadily higher […]Read More Captain Kirk and the One Day Enterprise
“Yeah yeah, we’ll take a load of water, a load of food and we’ll just climb nice and slow and bivy on the big ledges. It’ll be really chilled out!” This was the Plan. A ‘chilled out’ ascent of the Washington Column with plenty of extra water, 5 easy pitches a day and big comfy […]Read More Smoke and Monkey Calls.