Autumn Adventures

Following a pretty average UK summer, September and October, on the other hand, have not stopped giving. The weather and psyche gods must have been smiling! In summary: 4 weekends away to North Wales and the Lakes, lots of evening exploring, and some wide crack wrestling. What more could I ask for? The first weekend in…

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.…

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,…