Aiguille Grands Montets, East Ridge

We have had a barren spell of getting into the mountains recently, mostly due to the weather. That’s not to say we have not missed a couple of average days, when getting up at 6am, looking through the curtains and seeing nothing but cloud or rain, and on those days my bed is more inviting.... Continue Reading →

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First Alpine Trip Diary – Arolla

The weather here has been a bit poor recently and has kept us rooted to the valley floor, with rain, wind and cloud. However all this bad weather has enabled me to write a few more blog posts about climbing in the valley that I will publish later. That said, the days of sitting in the... Continue Reading →

Madagasikara, TD- 6a

Sometimes a post does not need a title, as the name of the climb is so cool! That’s the first thing that drew me to this climb, the second was its vicinity to the Index chair lift, only 20 minutes to walk in, and thirdly was the 6a pitch, as I’m hoping to climb bolts... Continue Reading →

Index, Southeast Ridge- AD, 4c

Just a short one as it was a short day! After such a long day spent on the Aiguille Purtscheller, me and Jess fancied an easier day with less approach and lower graded climbing, but still keeping to traditional climbing, so the South East Ridge on the index was an ideal choice. It has a... Continue Reading →

Running Down the Down Days

So on here I have posted much about the days when there is lots going on, I have talked about life in the van a little and although there are adventures taking place pretty regularly out here, there are also days where the sun does not shine and life is put on hold, such as... Continue Reading →

Cham they’re off!

After a few weeks in the burgundy region of France, we made the snap decision for a change of scenery and hit the road, bound for Chamonix. Once we arrived, we had a day off to rest, and managed to sort out some admin in the van and around town. By the end of the... Continue Reading →

Au Revoir Burgundy!

What can I say, Burgundy has delivered, time and again I have been able to reflect on life in a present context. I'm happy to be here, and have enjoyed the entire stay! Whilst driving along I have managed to catch some fragmentary impressions, which have given me glimpses of wonderful things; chateaus and rolling... Continue Reading →

It’s a dog’s life!

Bored, bored , bored… Oh my, what’s that I hear? I stretch my neck and feel my ears go up on end, yeah, I can definitely hear something approaching. Oh look here it is, it’s big, and blue, oh I like it already, let’s run around in circles… Oh crap, big mistake, I’m too hot... Continue Reading →

Climbing in Sausages!

We arrived in Saucisson, or whatever it’s called (actually Le Saussois), just as the evening was creeping in, a little neglected village set in serene surroundings welcomed us. We parked the van in front of a foreboding looking rock face, which I later found out was full of some of the great test pieces of... Continue Reading →

Grasping at Grass!

Have you ever woken up, strolled outside the bedroom, and someone has set up a market outside? No? Me neither, well until this morning that is. Literally popped my head out of the van and there are parked cars and stalls everywhere, as you might imagine we got the wheels moving pretty quickly once I... Continue Reading →

There’s More to Dijon than Mustard!

So after a trip into Fontainbleau, we set out for the Retour de Sources climbing festival at Grand Paraquet. There was a full competition boulder wall set up, and although the weather had changed for the worse we decided to stick around and wait for the worse to pass. Once it did the competitors got... Continue Reading →

Sleepless in Fontainebleau!

Quite bloody literally, I drove through the night after getting off the ferry. We decided against using the toll roads and taking the extra hour on the journey to save some money. So we arrived in Font at around 7am with zero sleep. We went to bed for a few hours but in the end... Continue Reading →

Southeast Ridge (AD 4c), Aiguille L’Index, Aiguille Rouges

After a hard months climbing in and around the Chamonix area, we were beginning to run out of steam, there was some still left in the tank, so we chose to have a crack at some routes in the Aiguille Rouges. The entire trip we had not used lifts as we were on a massive budget, so going up the Index lift was a luxury and my feet were happy for the relief of not having to hike to the base of the climbs.

Aiguille du Tour, Haute-Savoie

This climb was completed in the summer of 2015, during a somewhat turbulent trip to the Alps, we had been somewhat unlucky with the weather and also with other climbs that were left without topping out. All this had led to tensions within the group, and when a weather window showed its head we jumped at... Continue Reading →

Winspit, Swanage

  Had a great day climbing, although somewhat tired from yesterdays diving. We managed to get a few routes in, and as it’s been a while since I last went there it was good to be back. After warming up on anne-marie paid my fee (awesome name!) and another 4c climb. From the 4c we... Continue Reading →

Southern Sandstone

After a long winter converting my van I finally got around to using the bloody thing, and a weekend stop over in Southern sandstone was the first test, and well, it went well! Nice to use what I've spent so much time building! We first went to one of the minor outcrops, Happy Valley Rocks,... Continue Reading →

Climbing in Cornwall

So after a little jaunt en-route in Dewerstone we set out for the far west and Cornwall!! We booked our accommodation over the phone en route and a few hours later we arrived and set up camp. With fine weather we immediately inspected the guidebook and headed for Sennen. After finding the place we set... Continue Reading →

Toubkal, Morocco

After sleeping night on the airport floor, I was awoken by George at about 4.30 ready for the flight. After a short while packing up we were all ready and waiting in the Ryan Air queue. For once we were luckily enough all sat in the emergency exits and had ample leg room which was... Continue Reading →

Aiguillette d’Argentiere

So not much to say on the general trip that built up to this climb, as it was a pretty dismal couple of weeks, with bad weather and bad moods not helping during the time spent in the Alps. We had failed on a route on Montagne des Agneaux in Ecrins and the weather had... Continue Reading →

Climbing Dartmoor en-route to Cornwall

Well any time you go climbing after a climbing related injury there has to be some expectation of fear and panic, the nervous apprehension of falling, injury or worse. However I did not believe that I would be susceptible to such things. This trip was the first in 6 weeks following a fall at Fairy... Continue Reading →

A Windy Aviemore, Scotland

For once I decided to book a trip to Scotland in advance, a stupid idea, which is regularly rewarded with sitting in whatever accommodation I have paid for looking out to the not so pretty weather!   This time was nearly of the same old song… We spent 2 days toiling with boredom and a... Continue Reading →

Scotland, Coire an t’Sneachda

So I have not seen Mike since we were in the Alps the summer 13' but as he lives up north he makes the perfect winter climbing partner, apart from the fact that he had never done any winter climbing before, however that was all to change! After a long coach journey up to Aberdeen,... Continue Reading →

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