31 Jan 2010

A Western Sun Trap

A Clear Sky over the Burbage Valley
Finally a break in the weather! it was a choice between the North Yorkshire Moors or the Peak.
The Peak won, so straight to Burbage West, a fine sun trap in the low temperatures, and very social relaxed start to the year.
Tom eating up 'Breakfast' Font 7a**
with Oaksi spotting, blinded by 
Toms technique or maybe the sun?
Some Good test pieces were taken on the day, and attempts were made at some of the "so from there you have to latch that!"(SpartacusFont 7c**) with good range of other problems to keep everyone amused.
Working 'Famous Grouse' font 7c*
Proving Girls have better technique, 'Lucy' 
showing the boys the way on 'The Nose' Font 7a*
As the shadows and the cold fell on the west, we headed over to Burbage North for a dabble on the classics, some starts had been under massive snow drifts that had been dug out by keen activists, thanks.

The sun faded on the valley, painting the rock an amazing red and gold, reminding me of Torridon and Applecross trips to come.......... 
'Remergence Start' Font 6b

18 Jan 2010

9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes

Literary Motivation

Today is officially the most depressing day of the year! (according to the statisticians) so if you are still bearing a spare tyre, sat on your arse at home watching celebrity big brother, blaming the bad weather for not getting out, look no further than 9 out of 10 climbers make the same mistakes, by Dave MacLeod for inspiration and motivation for the year ahead.

This 176 page book is the first to present the science of improving, helping climbers break the cycle of failure and guide you on the road to success........

6 Jan 2010

Bouldering on Volcanos

Referring to the Greek island of Santorini, were one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history occurred some 3,600 years ago at the height of the Minoan civilization. The eruption left a large caldera surrounded by volcanic ash deposits hundreds of feet deep and may have led indirectly to the collapse of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete, 68 miles to the south, through the creation of a gigantic tsunami. Another popular theory holds that the eruption is the source of the legend of Atlantis.

Santorini today, the main Island is 12 miles long and
 the small Island in the middle is only 200 years old!

Twisted formations of highly compressed lava, spewed out
when the small island (Nea Kameni) was underwater

Hard almost glass like, chunks of aggressive
 looking volcanic rock  

A dense mass in the background

Our balcony, top center, 1000ft above sea level, stunning!