Le Dolomiti!

I’m going to start this post by admitting that the Dolomites have never really been on my climbing radar. Sure, I’d heard of friends going, stories of being stuck in tents in the rain or getting benighted on long, chossy multi pitches. Somehow the idea of doing either of these never really jumped to my…

Pabbaydise

When she was just a girl She expected the world But it flew away from her reach So she ran away in her sleep Dreamed of pabba- pabba- pabbaydise Pabba- pabba- pabbaydise Pabba- pabba- pabbydise Every time she closed her eyes On Saturday morning I feel my way into the shower, eyes mostly shut from sleep.…

First Winter Experience on The Ben

It’s that time of year where everyone is starting to get properly excited for the trad season. It’s March, the hour is about to change, there are tulips, daffodils and lambs. The most common words on everyone’s lips seem to be ‘Spring’, ‘Cadbury’s creme eggs’ and ‘Pembroke’. Normally I’m mad keen for real rock, however, having…

Winter Tidings

Chris reminded me this weekend that I haven’t blogged in a while and, feeling a bit guilty, I decided to write one. It’s not that I’ve forgotten or had nothing to write about. I’ve almost been too busy to write one and so much has happened, I haven’t known where to start. I should probably…

Joshua Tree

I claw my way over the final bulge and collapse onto the belay ledge. “SAFE!” I yell when I catch my breath. Must get fitter. I’m exhausted, the meat grinder I’ve been forcing my hands into for the last 40 meters has nicely re-opened yesterdays wounds. My knuckles proudly dribble blood as if to say,…

Red Rocks

I first visited Red Rocks, Nevada when I was only a jelly bean in 1991, and since 1997, my family have been coming back on an almost yearly basis. In my opinion, there are few places a family can visit year after year which truly never get old. Red Rocks is one of those places…