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.
September in Yosemite seems to be hot, and dry. REALLY hot and dry. Having booked into Camp 4 for just 3 nights, we had effectively forced ourselves to be on a ‘beginner wall’ such as Washington column, or at least doing something by the 4th night. A few words of advice from fellow British climbers, […]Read More Heat, Hydration and Offset nuts on Triple Direct, El Capitan.