OFD Upper

It has taken me so long to write about this weekend caving that I've already posted about our first day in Dan-yr-Ogaf, whilst I catch up with writing. To be honest I've had a couple of lazy week/weekends and therefore should have had these posted weeks ago, but for some reason I've not got round... Continue Reading →

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Lethargy and Living for the weekend

It's fair to say that working a five day week leaves you living for the weekend. More often than not I'm overly tired by the time I reach a day off, but I have to force myself to get out at the weekends, otherwise I would be tirelessly working to work, rather than working to... Continue Reading →

Dan-yr-Ogaf

This was another caving weekend set up by our friend Tim at the SWCC. These caves are bigger than those found in the Mendips, and oftenl house some beautiful features that are separated by some really sporting caving. The first cave was Dan-yr-Ogaf, a showcave with dinosaurs and who knows what else, but it also... Continue Reading →

Scrambling in North Wales

So after an amazing adventure in Egypt we were back in the UK and planned a climbing adventure in Snowdonia for the second week of our holidays. Unfortunately, a trip to Egypt is often followed by what's politely called an upset tummy (AKA the runs…). So we set off in the van, with the risk... Continue Reading →

UK Scuba Season Round Up 2!

This post follows on from the previous scuba round up, there has been plenty going on, although as ever there had been a few trips missed due to adverse conditions. Chesil Cove I have been trying to dive Chesil all year, but being based in Brighton makes this a pretty long haul trip. I finally... Continue Reading →

Diving in Hurghada, Egypt

I've been diving for just short of ten years, and this was the first trip where I have seen a coral reef, and I have to say I thought if was amazing. There is just so much life in one area that you can struggle to take it all in, the colours, shapes, formations, all... Continue Reading →

UK Scuba Season Round Up 1!

Diving this year has so far been a mixed bag! From zero visibility to 10 metres or more, from perfectly long slacks to a non stop current throughout. You get the picture, it's been a bit unknown, and this is why I'm posting this post now as once again the shuttle boats have been cancelled... Continue Reading →

Not So ‘Peaky’ Peak District!

It's fair to say that everytime we meet UK climbers, one of the first questions is have we climbed in the peaks? After seven years of owning the guidebook and ten years of climbing we have finally climbed in the Peak District! The first stop was the Roaches, simply because I read the name in... Continue Reading →

Dark, Deep and a Touch of Narcosis!

I've missed out on multiple sea dives this year, simply due to the unpredictable British weather. However, last weekend the sun was shining and the sea was calm, so diving was definitely on the cards, the Aeolian Sky was our wreck of choice. We made our way out of the harbour, and an hour's shuttle... Continue Reading →

A New Diving Lake in Kent!

A couple of weeks ago I was diving at the National Diving Activity Centre (NDAC), when a friend mentioned this new diving lake in Kent. On getting home, I did a bit of research and found what he was on about, and set out on my first free weekend to scout it out. The website... Continue Reading →

One way to make an entrance!

Our second day in Brecon started comfortably, having a slow breakfast and getting ready in our own time. Today's cave was Pant Mawr which meant on leaving the hut, we had to walk for over an hour, over the hills being the hut to each the cave opening. Tim's navigating brought us directly to the... Continue Reading →

Underground in Brecon

We left Brighton on Friday night with our bearings set for the mendips. On arrival we hunkered down as forty mile an hour winds literally rocked us to sleep. In the morning we met Tim and as a three set off for South Wales. It's been years since I was in the Brecons, and as... Continue Reading →

Weekend away in the van!

Its been a while since we have got away in the van, its also been a while since I've been climbing! But it was a good change of pace to get away from the mundane! It was a break from the mundane work life, that just seems to roll through month after month. We drove... Continue Reading →

Diving and Training at NDAC

This year's winter diving has been course orientated in preparation for the upcoming dive season. The last part of this was to complete the accelerated decompression procedures course, and brush up on twin set shut down drills. I actually did this course a few years ago, but never put in for the tickets, however this... Continue Reading →

GB Cave… finally

So a few years ago we went caving with our friend Tim and last weekend we picked up where we left off! Quite a gap between the trips, but we have been somewhat busy!! When we stopped caving a few years ago, we had done quite a few trips to Swildons and Fairy Cave that... Continue Reading →

Scuba Diving Guide Experiences

It has taken me a long while, to get around to writing this article. Partly due to the motivation to write about past life experiences, when my current experiences are less than interesting! It’s fair to say that my time as a scuba diving guide was for the most part fantastic. The opportunity to get... Continue Reading →

I’ve Got Crabs!

So you've already seen my Nudies, now it's time for my crabs! Or more precisely a collection of photographs of all the Crustaceans and a couple of molluscs that I have come across on numerous dives! Hermit crab Prideauxs hermit crab Sea hare Cleaner shrimp Anemone hermit crab Locust lobster Unfortunately, at the moment, we... Continue Reading →

A few Nudies for you!!

As the title clearly states, I have a whole bunch of nudibranch pictures to share with you! I love these little guys, they come in all shapes and sizes. I'm forever searching them out on dives and after two months of continuous diving I have spotted quite a few! I love these little guys, they... Continue Reading →

Port 9 bay night dive

Since I've been working in the bay of Port 9 in Korcula, I have amassed a ton of dives in the bay, whilst conducting try dives. An opportunity for the non diver to get in the water and have the experience of diving under the waves! Most of the time we see something worthwhile, an... Continue Reading →

My first day as a dive guide

As the title suggests, I've just started working as a dive guide and so far it's been pretty full on! On day one I completed three dives, the first of which I led, a thirty metre wall, with an anchor at the base! We traversed this seeing, spinney lobster, confirm eels, a couple of small... Continue Reading →

Bank Holiday Climbing on Portland

We were lucky enough to finally get Climbing again after a month off! We headed down to Weymouth to celebrate the wedding of George and Nicky, and lucky enough for both them and us, the weather gods were shining upon us! After the wedding we decided to stay in the area and climb as the... Continue Reading →

The End

Every adventure has to end at some point, it’s usually a mixed bag of emotions and ours was no different. We finished our last week city hopping and visiting friends in the Netherlands, Belgium and France, each of which has their own post. By the time we were at the ferry port I was looking... Continue Reading →

World War One weekend in Belgium

  As a finale to outer trip, we headed back to Belgium from Amsterdam with a plan to visit some of the battlefield sites and cemeteries of World War One. I have done a battlefield tour sixteen years ago when I first joined the Army, and have ever since, especially in recent years wanted to... Continue Reading →

Simond Rock Helmet Review

Purchased From: Decathlon Price: £19.99 Period of time used: 13 months (Climbing outdoors 3-5 times a week) Another Simond review? Well truth be told I use a lot of kit and equipment brought in Decathlon for the simple reason that much of the equipment there is good quality for a cheaper price, as well as... Continue Reading →

Simond Climbing Jeans Review

Purchased from: Decathlon Price: £29.99 Period of time used: 11 months (on a nearly daily basis) This is the first review for the blog, simply because they are the thing I use the most! These have become my go to trousers for everything from lounging around, walking into town and of course Climbing, walking, mountaineering... Continue Reading →

A day in Amsterdam

We arrived in Amsterdam and managed to get a spot at the Vliegenbos caravan park, our first official night on a campsite in over 11 months on the road, not bad! We were keen to take advantage of the facilities, however we were keener still to get out into Amsterdam and tick off a few... Continue Reading →

A day trip to Ghent

After finishing with our climbing in Fontainebleau we headed north to Belgium where we were to meet with a couple of friends met many years ago, and have ever since planned time and again to meet up, however this has never happened. We arrived in Aalst after a looong drive, and had a few drinks... Continue Reading →

A final fling in Fontainebleau

This is where we started the Climbing trip nearly a year ago, so it only seems fair that this would be where it ended. As ever when I arrive in Font I am immediately fond of the place, pulling down rugged roads, avoiding potholes and ending up at a car park surrounded by nothing but... Continue Reading →

Skiing in Chamonix

For years I have come to Chamonix in the summer for rock climbing and mountaineering adventures. I’ve always looked up at these beautiful mountains and wondered what they would look like with their winter coat on and now I have had the chance! We arrived in Chamonix at the start of the month after three... Continue Reading →

Heading north to Montserrat

I have not written a diary style blog post for a while now, mainly as there has been very little to write about, and rather than write a post for the sake of it, I thought it best to wait until something worthwhile happened! We headed north after Las Fallas, in the general direction of... Continue Reading →

Bolonia Beach

The afternoon after we had been bouldering, we had a lovely lunch overlooking the bay. We then drove down to Bolonia and had a walk down the beach, we had the whole beach to ourselves, apart from a few cows! We collected some shells and even returned a beached jellyfish to the sea, I'm not... Continue Reading →

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