Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The last few months...

I have realised that I have been neglecting my blog a little bit recently so as I get out over the summer I'll pop on some more posts and photos. 
I have been concentrating more on sport climbing this year and so have been on a few days out sport climbing and even went on a trip to Kalymnos (an island off Greece) in May.
It was my first visit to Kalymnos and only my second climbing trip abroad so we made it more of a milage trip rather than a hard climbing trip. Here are some photos....

Neill on Trela 7a

DNA 7a

Comfy wee seat!

Selfie with a goat..


We have also been on a couple of trips down to Yorkshire sampling some of the routes at Malham and Kilnsey. I really enjoyed climbing at Kilnsey because it has a 2 minute walk in and there were lots of crimpy routes which suited me perfectly! We warmed up on a 6b+ and a 6c and then both managed WYSIWYG, a cool little 7b, on our second go. I also tried a tricky wee 7c called Biological Need a couple of times and managed to get up to the last clip! Next time!

This year I have really been developing my route-setting and even helped out setting for the British youth climbing series final at Ratho as well as a couple of days up at Aberdeen for a prep event. Hopefully next year I will be able to help set for the European Youth Championships at Ratho!

I have noticed big improvements in my sport climbing as we have been training loads and trying all the hard routes from the recent comps. This will definitely come in useful on our other trips planned this year, Ceuse (France) in August and Kalymnos again in October!

Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Yesterday Neill and I headed up to the Cairngorms for my first ever winter climbing day. We went to Sneachda a few weeks ago but the conditions weren't very good. Yesterday was a lovely sunny, cold day and so we walked back in to Sneachda with the intention of climbing a route on Fiacaill Buttress. We left Edinburgh at 5am (one of the worst things about winter climbing) and arrived at a surprisingly busy car park at 8ish. There were quite a few people climbing but luckily Invernookie, the route we were planning to climb was free. The slope up to the bottom of the route made my legs burn, they continued to burn for the rest of the route as i was on my toes all the time, even on the belays! Definitely need to build up my pathetic calf muscles....

The route was pretty exciting as it was totally covered in powder and so it was pretty difficult to find any gear. I think we placed about 5 bits on the whole route! Neill ran out of rope trying to run two pitches together and had to belay halfway up a pitch with no gear, just his ice axes buried in some snow. Probably pretty safe but freaked me out! This meant i had to lead the rest of the pitch which had no gear up to a belay with only two tiny nuts. I was pretty relieved to make it to the top after being covered in spindrift on the top pitch. There was so much falling on me that i pretty much climbed the last pitch with my eyes closed! Overall, it was tiring, cold, and really scary....now i understand why people like it ... :-D

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Sun, Sea and Snow...

A couple of weeks ago we got back from our second trip to Sardinia this year. This time we travelled round the island a bit more and visited some pretty cool crags...and beaches! The first place we went was Icily, a place we climbed at in August. This is a really good crag with loads of steep, hard routes but unfortunately it was really hot and so not much went down. Neill managed a pretty tough 7b (originally 7c!) which I almost got...need to train on those steeper walls more!

Oh and we also got chased by killer guard dogs for going too near the sheep...hence the sticks.

After climbing at Icily for a couple of days, we headed over to the East coast to probably the most popular climbing area, Cala Ganone. We finally arrived after 5 hours on the most bendy roads in the world! It was nice passing through all the wee places on the way though...
The coolest place was definitely the Sopramonte... we stopped for a "salad" and got an absolute feast!
We visited a few crags at Cala Ganone and had a few beach days too. I even managed a 7c at a slightly less steep crag.

Me absolutely cheesing

Cala Luna...amazing beach




Our last few days were spent avoiding the rain at a couple of new crags. We went back out to Domusnovas and climbed a really horribly polished 7a  before sacking it and looking at some 9as and bs...

When we got back from Sardinia, I decided to buy some winter kit (which was well expensive!). After spending so much money, I was going to force my self to like it ! We went up to the Cairngorms today to test out my new gear but unfortunately the conditions weren't very good. We walked into Coire an-t Sneachda and had a little mess around on the ice at the bottom before traversing up and round towards Cairngorm and back down to the ski centre.