My "I've blown it face" as I tried to surf the wave but entered it with a bit too much of an angle.
Thanks to Dave & all for having me at Halton on Saturday and for the fun king of the wave!
That feeling when friendship doesn't just mean having your back, but having you on belay 😊
When you try to go surf kayaking, and somehow miss the water.
Went big boi surf kayaking in some massive onshore waves at Perranuthoe last week. I've been working on my side surfing on rivers and whilst I aimed to surf all the waves here straight on, I ended up doing lots of side surfing and learning how to stay balanced like that. A nice surprise! No major dramas, good salty fun!
It'd be easy to assume it'd be teenage boys who'd be sliding down a pallet jump into the river Irwell.
In reality, it was three ladies who could be my mum egging me on to send this!
Here's Wendy showing me it's not as terrifying as it looks 😅😅😅
People sometimes ask me what I do for showers.
This is not usually how I answer, but after Hall of the Mountain King, there is this delightful freshwater shower in the streamway. >>
The bad news is you have to go back through the mud to wash off... The good news is that the showers at Bull Pot Farm are far warmer, brighter and usually less communal. >>
From recent trip through Mistral to Hotmk 😊
Fun times climbing with Eleanor at the very unusual Llangorse climbing centre near Brecon a few weeks ago.
One of their bouldering walls is very very feature heavy and looks a bit like the inside of a dragons stomach!
Great times checking out Big Depot with old school Climbing Clan buddy Zeni a few weeks ago!
Long Rocky walks on the beach
Teifi Tour was a blast
About 3 people will get this
An RAC van by some famous boulders near Plas Y Brenin the other week.
The climosaur digging deep on Wednesday.
Wonderful to watch the Climbing Clan come together for the Halloween Costume climb.
If you're ever running away from a big blue T-Rex, climbing is a useful skills to have. It's so much harder for them - they're basically blind!
Thanks to everyone who made it such a wonderful evening 😊😊
> 📷 @a_wild_nessie
The best thing about having a girlfriend is the nice photos 😍🐕🐶 •
Repost from @orangeadvantures:
"I learnt to climb four years ago with the wonderful @womenclimb and after a lifetime of being certain that I hated all sports, finally found one that I completely loved. However, after a few years of climbing partners moving away, people who scared me with their recklessness and finding the few social climbing groups that I tried a little intimidating and cliquey I found it easier to give up a sport that I loved rather than keep on going after the setbacks.
So when I ‘met’ @tdobsonnet online and discovered that he had set up a local climbing group I was intrigued. After a few months of him encouraging me to join and me coming up with various excuses not to, I finally plucked up the courage to give it a go in February. I met Tim and nervously headed in to the centre, fully expecting to find a group of people who knew each other so well that it would be impossible to talk to anyone let alone find someone who wanted to leave their friend and climb with a very out of practice newbie instead.
I was wrong. I was immediately introduced to @zenibellwood who chatted and offered to belay me on a few easy climbs while I got back into the swing of things, while other #climbingclan members dropped in and out swapping climbing partners as and when anyone new needed a hand. All the while Tim was keeping an eye on me to check I was being ‘looked after’ while teaching another new person how to belay before we took a break at 8pm for homemade cake and a chat.
The whole evening was brilliant, I climbed and didn’t feel embarrassed at how rusty I was. I chatted and didn’t feel awkward at not knowing anyone and I scoffed cake without feeling out of place surrounded by health fanatics nibbling granola bars. All in all I simply got to take part in a sport that I love with some really kind and welcoming people and I have been going every Wednesday since.
So to celebrate Tim’s birthday and the upcoming Climbing Clan one year anniversary I decided to draw him a card for everyone to sign, so that I can at least show how important this group has been for me and I’m sure for a lot of other people too.
Join us every Wednesday at MCC!"
"How I lead my hardest trad climb last night by accident"
My first outdoor climbs were at Heptonstall and whilst I have no guidebook, I know lots of the routes there by sight and have lead a few easier ones.
After a scary groundfall last year, I've refused to lead Severes so I picked a familiar route that looked like a VDiff/HVD to my naive eye.
The footholds were sloping. I got a nut in. That was something.
My headtorch pressed against the rock as I fumbled for the undercuts and sidepulls. I stepped up.
The wind gusted harder and harder. I stepped down.
I stepped back up. And was nudged sideways by the wind. Erk.
I tried to calm my nerves and go for it, but the gusts kept getting louder and threatening to blow me off. Finally I made it to a key fingerhold below the roof.
That wasn't enough. It was still possible to fall from here.
My legs thrashed... and landed on the bomber lower handhold perfectly.
Nice. Relief. I whipped out my cam. Too small. I whipped out my bigger cam. Also too small. I put both my cams away.
I whipped out my nuts and got two nuts in. Onwards and upwards! "Easy from here!" I shouted to Alex.
Spoiler: It was not easy.
Technically straightforward, but terrifying.
Was there gear placement here? Was there fuck!
I got a hand over the top. I got another hand over. This wasn't over yet.
I was horrifically run out, I couldn't see my feet and everytime I climbed higher, this mantle handhold got less secure.
I wondered if this short grass was a handhold and rapidly wondered not.
I sweated and went for it. I made it over the top, and walked over to the trees to set up the belay.
Later, consulting UKC, did I realise this was my highest ever lead grade. Hours before my birthday!
Photo by @alexryshe after I lead Mille Feuille MVS 4c