Saturday, 24 March 2012

Cassin Tools

The New X-Dream ice tool from Cassin has an innovative adjustable handle. The advantages is that the angle of the handle can be changed to make the tools more suitable for either Ice climbing or the more steeper mixed and dry tooling, or simply just to suite personal preference. You can quickly change the "Ice" to "Dry" position by turning a bolt located on the handle. The head of the tool also has a bump that can be used as a hammer, just in case.
The X-Dream can be further customized by an additional finger ledge that reduces the length of the handgrip, as well has an optional pommel that can be mounted on the shaft. Weighing in at 590 grams the X-Dream is a well balanced tool that looks like it could be comfortable to use. The price tag per axe is around £212.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Denali Update.....

Its been a busy few Weeks with lots of Training and organising of all my equipment for the Denali trip, The last few items of my equipment have started arrive and I'm nearly there on having it all in place. Ive also managed to purchase my new Ski's and Bindings with the help of Dan  ( Another Team Member). In the End I decided to go with the Movement Jam Ski and the Marker F12 Tour, Dan managed to do me a really good deal through Ellis Brigham. With a few more Sessions booked I should hopefully have enough time to get used to them. My Rab down bottoms and booties have also arrived this week with some other important items, (See Below Pictures).Above all this though is some great news for the team, The Guys down at Alpkit have got involved and are helping us with our tents, in return we can test them to there limits in the roughest environments and prove to everyone out there what a great company and supplier they are.
In the mean time the training continues with lots of running and climbing, I'm averaging around 35-40 miles per week now and feeling strong too, we have a navigation week end coming up soon where we can all brush up on our skills and work together as a team.

Remember to keep following our progress here and on the team blog at

New Movement Jams

F12 Tour

Down Booties

Avalanche Kit and Emergency Bag

Rab Down Bottoms

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Toll Booth

I woke feeling pretty tired this morning and wondered whether to make to journey to Portland, but I decided to go anyway and see what happens, It would also give me chance to get Alisha out on a few problems. After warming up I managed to send Nu Breed again, no matter how many times you get on this route it always has some spice to it. I then headed on over to The toll booth boulder, I wanted to try the V7 toll booth Arete, after a few attempts I managed to send the route, I was pretty happy with this especially as the start is pretty tough and on crimps!Alisha spent some time playing on Sentinel V0 and came pretty close to getting it, think she would have  too had she not got freaked by the height. Next time girl...

Below are some pictures of the day.........

Alisha climbing "Thrupenny bits" V0

Me on "Toll booth Arete" V7

Alisha working "The sentinel" V0

Alisha working "The sentinel" V0

Sunday, 4 March 2012

New Chalk bags

My Partner Sarah has many amazing talents, some of them I cant talk about but one I can is how amazing she is with  a piece of fabric and a sewing machine, she has been making her own dance costumes for years now and has just moved into making prom dresses which is turning into a great success, Ive been on at her for some time now to try and have a go at making a chalk bucket, and well here it is, the first chalk bag from SJ tailormade. I can say I'm very impressed and its as good has any bag Ive used before and certainly costs allot less, she already has a few orders from friends of mine so things are looking up, if you like what you see then give us a shout, she can pretty much make whatever design you like.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are
naught without prudence, and that a momentary negliance may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; Look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end