Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Training plan

I've now started to get serious with training after getting my psyche back this weekend with some winter climbing! My previous training programme was neglected some what, with me not really sticking to it and doing the odd session a week. But now, after writing up a few new core and upper body training plans, I'm starting to get more motivated and addicted to training.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Snowdonia Winter Conditions

Just to elaborate more on the last post, The conditions in North Wales are now very poor. When leaving the Idwal valley yesterday, routes such as The Curtain and Screen had both collapsed. The Devils Pasture was falling apart and even the Appendix had masses of water pouring down it. All other routes had poor ice, very brittle in places and thin. And a vast majority of the routes were slushy snow with water running down every where.

All in all, the thaw has hit hard with nearly no ice routes left in condition. With any luck, this isn't winter over. And in the words of a friend:

"lets hope this is a freeze thaw, not a thaw thaw"

North Wales Ice Climbing

This week has been a bout of disappointment. At first I missed out on a night climb of Torpantau falls in South Wales with Tim, which turned out to be a blessing any way as he didn't even reach the falls. And secondly, Chris had to work at the weekend and Tim was already in Wales, so no climbing partners were free. So, I posted on UKC for a partner, with the slim chance that someone would answer.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Seven Mile throb (E5 6b) Cont'

The route pretty much follows the line of the biggest tree sapling in the bottom left of the picture, through the overlaps/roofs and onto the top section of the slab at the obvious stepped corner.

Some readers of my blog may remember this Post a few weeks backs about an E5 project at Fairy Cave Quarry. Well, curiosity got the better of me, and so i abseiled down the route to inspect the route at close hand. And how very pleased I had!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Chard Caves Dry Tooling

I've been desperate to get out winter climbing ever since the first snow fell this season, but have been unable to due to other commitments. And so, after we received our first dusting of snow in Somerset, I dusted off the axes, and headed off to Chard Caves.