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 →

Run Forest, Run!

After a day of Wi-Fi and Plug hogging in McDonald's, it was time to get back into the wild. Although not too far into it, as we needed the Internet again tomorrow for Jess's work! So we drove a couple of miles out of Avallon towards Pontaubert and turned off onto the Route de Cousin... Continue Reading →

Teething problems in the vortex!

As with all new enterprises there are always a few teething problems to begin with, although mine is less enterprise and more millennium falcon. I put this thing together with my co pilot Chewie, I mean Jess. So there was no doubt there would be some problems. First off was the waste drainage and jerry... 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 →

It’s The Final Countdown!

I have been on many adventures in my life, and some of those I have started to tell you about in this blog. All have had different beginnings, however I find that you always have an idea in your minds eye of what this will look and feel like. For example when I was sixteen... Continue Reading →

Death by Insurance!

Woo! Van life! Living the dream! Or so you think… There is so much nonsense, poppycock, hogwash and other nicer ways of saying bullshit that paves the way to such a lifestyle change. Even this cheap lifestyle cannot be lived without a few large expenses and stacks of paperwork! An onwards rant from the earlier... 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 →

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