28 Oct 2012

A Tip of the Hat

I really don't feel like blogging at the moment, too much wasted time? while I should be getting on with the guide, Oh well it's a good way to keep a diary of when you did stuff so f**k it.
Planned a two day trip working out venues I have have yet to sort out, this ended up in disaster as a monster front of snow clouds were blowing in from the north east, destination the North Yorkshire  Moors. Bugger! So decided to go for it, even though everywhere west was in clear skies.
Spent friday at the wall at Middlesbrough (http://www.rockantics.co.uk/) running around like a kid in a sweet shop, this is how a new wall makes me feel, new problems, lets have it..., still aching now

Taken to sleeping in the car, the flex seats and a big pad make for a good nights sleep, woke up the next day to a blanket of snow, which also made it difficult to cook sausages outside the car door with massive snow flakes falling down.

Ended up getting some good shots and spied some lines to go back for, one involving a £10 bet that it won't get done by me, watch this space.......
This weekends snowy divide with a view of the monument to Captain James Cook. A legendary explorer, navigator, cartographer. A hero of mine and an inspirational historical Moors resident.

14 Oct 2012

Time to make sense of it all

So after over a five year love affair with the Moors, its time to knuckle down and make sense of it all. 
The bones of the guide are their, the journey in how to present it has changed.
 Mike working a sublime line, falling upwards at it's best
 A cheeky little block with a good sit start prow diversion on the way in, thin holds on good feet.
The 'Ship Stone' at Kay Nest, the block holds one of the best 5-6's workouts in the moors, bold and technical, in a stunning valley, it definitely has the X factor.

7 Oct 2012

Who What Why When Where

Who: Who would want to climb this?
What: The hell am I doing here climbing this?
Why: Did I travel 3 hours to climb this?
When: Did this get climbed? without pads?!
Where: Shall we explore next?
Perfect pink Leicestershire granite 
James working a project
Steve firing up for the slopers
A problem unintentionally trained for, thanks to Steve McClure, setting a similar problem on the local wall, Cheers Steve.