So I am heading out to Spain in order to do both some guidebook work and some Hot Rock Climbing Coaching. If you’d like to come out and join us for a friendly, fun week in the sun then check out what Hot Rock Courses […]
So I was approach by Emma who wants to get onto her RCI course and as such needed to get 15 trad leads in. She wanted a full UK Trad Tour but sadly I didn’t have the time so instead suggested a mini South West […]
So after a load of issues this year from heart opps, back opps and my best friend having a serious accident I have been rather lost when it comes to climbing for myself. However just before I headed south for spain I sneaked down to Red Wall with a friend Tasha for a quick ascent of Wendigo. Perhaps one of the finest and easiest routes on Red Wall at E2.
It was Tashas second sea cliff experience, as such I thought she did amazingly well to not ‘freak-out’. Thats for the belay Tash and look forward to seeing you in Spain in December.
I am starting to write a few route cards for UK Hillwalking, as a result I have been revisiting some old haunts down south as I re-walk some routes from my teenage years. So much fun remember the times when I was out walking as […]
I have just spent a great week working with Tom, who wanted to move into mountaineering terrain. So we did a day of rope work and rock climbing at the upper tier on Monday. Followed by the great Grade 1 Crib Lem spur on tuesday. […]
So whilst we are still offering the same great getaways to Spain and other fantastic hot rock holiday destinations we have made a little bit of a rebranding over to Sunnier Climbs, a website that is dedicated to offering winter sun, hot rock climbing and […]
So I was lucky enough to get all the books together just days before I ended up in the orthopaedic hospital having my back operated on. I have for many years suffered with a bad back and have prolapse my L4/L5 disc on several occasions […]
So for the last, 8 months I have been working on the latest Rockfax guidebook to climbing in the Slate Quarries around Llanberis. It has been a great opportunity to highlight some of the great new and classic routes in teh quarries, by developing a definitive guidebook to an area I fell in love with the first time I climbed there back in 1994. Ever since I have been drawn back time and again with friends and clients to explore the area and climb so many routes.
The last guide by Ground Up was a great book, with excellent historical articles, we could and would never be able to capture that, so instead focused on the visuals for the book we are producing. I have been going through some of the final PDFs before the book heads off to the printer. I cannot tell you how proud I am of this book and it would not have been possible without the amazing team at Rockfax and all the people I have ever shared a rope or a chat with about climbing in the quarries.
I was also involved with another new book due for release in August, The White Cliff is edited by Grant Farquar, who has brought together over 100 climbers who have a love for all thing Gogarth and put together a collection of their writing on climbing at this great cliff. I can’t wait to get my copy and whilst it is going to be a rather niche book, the fact that so many people have been involved will mean there will probably be some amazing stories.
I wrote about how climbing at gogarth is a ying to my yang, helping to lift my spirits when I am down and re-focus my energies ina more positive way. It is one of the most personal pieces of writing I have every dare write. I am filled again with a little dread as to how people will view it and mne once they read it. A proofreader did contact me and say it was a powerful piece. He probably doesn’t know it but it meant a lot to me to hear that, as I was aiming for some kind of reaction as I wrote it.
The book will be available from cordee in august as well.
Both of these publications come at a time, when I am for a short period looking at focusing more on my writing, not because I don’t love the work I do here with my clients at Snowdonia Mountain Guides, but more just an exploration of something a little different for a short time.
So as well as getting around climbing some great routes around North Wales, I have also had a eye out for new routes as I have been putting the slate guide together. I had always thought the Peppermint Tower deserved a route that didn’t make […]