About me:

Originally from Hull, I now live in Llanberis, North Wales. Totally addicted to climbing, I work at the Indy Climbing wall and as a freelance routesetter to fund my dirty habit.

26 December 2011

Tecking hell!

Well, I've subscribed to a small (or potentially rather large) piece of the future. The blog is coming at you live from the palm of my hand. See, here I have one of the most carefully put together lumps of silicon known to man. It's a pigging itouch. With the idea of getting it just for music it turns out that its pretty fascinating. Im just tapping away on the screen and I can do pretty much anything. I can make a video and post it to the world, tap it on another iPod and steal its music, find out the name of any song in the world and even, as I am doing, write a blogage. It's not even that fiddly. So I should say, thanks mum! It's not the only new thing I got for Christmas, as well as a few extra pounds (the good ones and the bad ones)I got round to kitting out the back of my van for sleeping in, and I must say its absolutely brilliant. Loads of snazzy features including carpetted walls, insulated roof, secret storage and a pull out patio. Its just as I'd hoped, but it was only with the help of my dad and his step dad that I managed it. Alan, my step grandad recently converted a transit van so he knew the score, and with a selection of tools, bob the builder could only dream of it still took 2 days. Thanks for all the help.
I give it a test run last night, parking at ilkley late last night, me and guy VG bedded down for a surprisingly warm night, marred only by chavs performing crap burn outs. We woke this morning to gnarly winds and goppy rock. After throwing handfuls of chalk at my ring piece... Sorry I mean, my intended project- ringpiece, we had a quick warm up and went back to try but to no avail! The ringpiece was too moist, we hopped back in the van and hot-footed it to almscliff. here we found the wind to be even gnarlier, whipping around all over the place. Even the cows feared lift off. I got straight on with underhand (v8/9), i had a pretty decent flash burn but 2 hours later there was still no tick. I got the sequence fine tuned, but it never got sent. As I got efficient, I wilted also. It was time to throw in the trowel. with 30minutes left I headed to an old highball enemy. I've put in the hours on syretts roof (v6) but today it went second go. Dimming light, one more. Another problem I'd tried before, teaspoon left hand (v7), saw the last of my wind swept attention. I couldn't remember the moves and it took a good bit of figuring out. In the end a sleek, and stylish sequence provided the medium for success. So having not managed my two wish list problems, I had two great consolation prizes and a successful trial run in the van. Thank you Santa.
P.s I think any future blogs will still be done on my laptop, it is a little fiddly but I made it.
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23 December 2011

Speed blog

Heres a little video by GVG from the peak trip. Definitely dont need to re-adjust that much!
thank youuuuuu!

21 December 2011

Two-thousand and eleven.

Well it's about time for a  round-up of the year, the highlights and the lowdarks. It should be handy for putting things in perspective and realising what I have/haven't achieved, and resurrecting the blog ready for 2012.
On the face of things I'm a little dissapointed with the year. I got out the least I have for a few years and saw no real progression, no PB's and only 3 ticks (out of 36) on my 2011 wishlist.
However putting a little more thought into it, this could have been the year I needed.
 I really chilled out with striving to achieve and took a bit of a backseat. I was able to just go out cragging and get on E5's, a feat which only a few years ago I used to think would cap off my climbing career.
I didn't manage to do much sport climbing, but on my trip to El Chorro I managed to flash a 7c which matches my previous PB.
I did my first FA, or so I thought. It turns out that the lower groove had previously been climbed by Tim Neill 10 years ago. This doesn't really matter though as the experience of discovering a (new) line and climbing it in the best style I could was nourishing. It gave me a wave of psyche, one day I even ran up there with only 2 hours to spare to give it a clean. I definately like to do a proper FA one day.
This year though, has been a major tipping point for me with regards to bouldering. I had a month working 4days on, 4 days off at the Indy Climbing Wall and managed to gain that strength everyone else had. Now when my feet come off it doesn't necessarily mean I will, and I finally gained coordination to slap for things without forgetting to take at least one hand off. This major progress was a result of rest days. Every winter for the last four or five, without fail, I've managed to pick up a finger injury through turning my hand to training and hammering it day in day out. I may have enjoyed it but my tendons didn't. Listen to your fingers.

In essence this year has been a real consolidation period. I'm ready for E6 now, I'm ready for sport in the 8's and I'm ready to really enjoy the physical and mental challenge of the rock. I'm still (optimistically) ambitious but I remember now why I want to do hard things. It's not about the grade, it's about the relative difficulty to yourself and the situation you find yourself in when really pushing it. The thing I love most about climbing is the fight, toeing the line ready to spar with adversity.

The major thing for me to overcome in 2012 is the irrational fear of falling. I'm not saying I was ever totally comfortable with it, but somewhere along the line in the last few years I developed a real fear of falling and failure. It manifested itself by avoiding getting on things where the odds on success were less than 80%, and it really inhibited movement for a lot of the year. So at the start of the year I'm going to take hundreds of falls to show my brain that it's generally as much of a buzz as success. This should stop me beating around the bush, going out with intention, but instead quietly settling for a lesser challenge.
So the new years resolution is: get on with it!

My 2011 Highlights:
Decomposed for the FA experience.

Reproduction for ticking all the boxes of what I love about climbing, getting on with it against the odds, big runouts, litres of lactic, and on a beautiful canvass of pocketed lime.

Psychic Threshold, for being totally nails at E5 and just making it.

King Wad, for the phoenomenal finish, slapping whilst runout and super exposed.

Byzantium, just a brilliant route thats got everything.

John Wayne, I normally climb slowly but I did all 40m of this in about 10mins as the sun was setting on my time in Pembroke.

Ludwig and Walt Disney, both for being quite out-there and totally spanking my head, and revealing my weaknesses.

My days out sport climbing racking up lots of 7's in a day.

My peak bouldering trip for boosting my bouldering confidence, laying some old demons to rest and realising what I could be capable of in 2012.

For anyone interested here's my wishlist for 2012.

THE LIST: 2012


The Golden Mile E5

Bastille E6

A Kilnsey E6

Ghost Train E6

Souls E6

Pretty Girls Make Graves E6

Potency E6

Rainbow of Recalcitrance E6

Disillusioned Screw Machine E6

The Long Goodbye E6

Teenage Kicks E6

Midnight at Noon E6

2 Main Cliff E5’s in a day E6

Skinhead Moonstomp E6

The Cad E6

Angel Dust E6

Conan the Librarian E6/7

The Clown E7

Surgical Lust E7

Yukan II E7

Dominatrix 7c

Boat People 7c

A Ceuse 8a


Dinosaur (rematch) E5

Wall of Evening Light (rematch) 7b+

Bad, Bad Boy 7c+

Mescalito 7c+
Dead Calm 8a
Jerry’s Roof 7C
Anything from the Onsight List


Master of the Universe E7

A Scimitar E7

Nightmayer E8

Totally Wired 9 E8

My Piano E8

A Grit RP

A Leap E8

Mussel Beach 8a

Battle of the Little Big Orme 8a+

The Waiting Game 8a

Melancholie 8b

The Ashes 7c+

Urgent Action 8a+

Supercool 8a+

Ecstasy 8b

A Ceuse 8a+/8b


New Jerusalem 7A

Ringpiece 7B+

Underhand 7B+

Eastwood Traverse 7B+

Dick Williams 7B+

The Storm 7B+

Suavito 7B+

Powerband 7C

Ben’s Roof 7C+

Brad Pitt 7C+

The Gimp 7B

Incredible Shaking Man SS 7B

Wavelength 7B+

Barrel Traverse 7B+

Roadside Full 7C

The Big Smile 7C

Lou Ferrino 7C+

Diesel Power 8A

The Highlife 8A

Well you gotta aim high...