Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas..

With winter approaching fast I am psyched to get out and climb some mixed/ice routes, I have no plans in place yet other than a late alpine trip in April but theres still plenty of time to squeeze in a late ice trip somewhere. I am also at the ready should north wales slide into condition over the winter period, For a long time now Ive wanted to climb the devils appendix in ogwen so fingers crossed this year could be the one. Over the past weeks I have put in allot of effort training on the tools, Day after day doing sessions at my home training wall, Ive also started using a 10kg weight vest in the hope this will also help me improve, I defiantly feel allot stronger now and my stamina as seemed to improve to. Ive recently been working on a new project with Rob Gibson, The line is now fully equip so only needs to be climbed, however this is going to be the difficult part, the first pitch isn't too bad and probably only around M7, but pitch two is a horizontal roof probably in the region of M10+, I'm psyched to keep training though and hopefully climb this some time soon. I was out this weekend in the caves at winspit doing a little training, I also took my Friend for his first play and the tools, we had a good day and I'm sure he now as the bug. I jumped on Smackdown whilst there and managed to repeat it, I could definitely notice the improvement in my strength and stamina.

Lets hope 2014 brings lots of new routes, great climbing and adventures and many good memory's, I guess all that's left to say is I wish all my Friends and family a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2014

Frank the dog

Repeating "Smackdown"

Perfect winters day

Dan getting to grips on "smackdown"

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