For those that don't know, what that means is a 1-2hr uphill trek with food, gear, ropes, clothing, and water all in tow!
As such, while I *am* on a diet right now, I'm pretty sure weight will be shed by the bucket load once I start doing that walk once a day.
Since the routes out there tend to be somewhere between 20m-50m long, and Craggy Island is only around 10m high, I have been forced to start working on my stamina. As such, Linkups and 4x4 training are taking up the majority of my training. I am also doing some sessions of add-on on the boulder wall, and working on my campusing for raw power.
However, since my foot is a bit sore still, and I have a pulley tweak right now, I have been getting on the Core Training and General conditioning.
Oh yeah, since I'm not climbing aaaaaalll the time, I started creating some more OC like the incredible works you see above.
A couple of weekends back I climbed one of my long term projects in the Peak!
For those that don't recognise it, that is the top out of the highball 7B+ super classic 'West Side Story' at Burbage West.
Despite having climbed the crux section at the base of the route on 3 previous occasions, I had not managed to climb out the upper section. Mainly this has been due to the highball nature, freezing cold hands and wet holds. But this time, with 4 pads and several spotters below, I MTFU and made the move up to the flake.
Topping out while dodging the puddle of water was an interesting experience, but I haven't felt so exhilarated in a long time!
Another classic down, and the road to recovery seems to be well trodden in.
Checking my UKC logbook while writing this tells me that I climbed Brad Pit over an entire year ago now. Time has veritably flown past while trying to combat various injuries and pursuing my sport climbing goals.
Running down the last year
January - Climbed Brad Pit and the Terrace
February - Went to Switzerland and climbed several 7Cs, tried some 8As
March/April - Lost Mojo and started training again.
May - Trained for sport with Pete and started knocking out the 7c's at Brean Down
June - Ripped stuff in my shoulder and took a long time off.
July - Couldn't climb much, so started going crazy
August - Due to my shoulder injury I bailed on the sport climbing trip to Spain, and instead went to Thailand!
Found some climbing out there and did a 7B/+ boulder thing after several sessions.
September - Came back from Thailand and went straight out to Fontainebleau with my mates from Craggy Island. During which, I made this short video.
October - I went to Font again with a group of people from TCA and failed to climb anything of note, though I did do a super nails 6a that no one else manage. WORTH!
November - I did my first Craggy 7c route. Again, for people who dont kow, Craggy sandbags with the best of them, so this was actually quite a big deal for me.
December - Took a really nice series of photos of Hamish on the Joker after his win at the Junior BBCs
Did my first Craggy 8a!!!! Just before New Years I managed to break the back of the problem and climbed all the way to the top in one! YYFY, very Very VERY happy about that ascent. Came at the end of a lot of training, and recovery from injury, and all the other crap that happened in the year.
January - Felt fat after Christmas, also, no climbing anywhere because of the eternal damp.
Started writing stories about pirates and other stuff.
Still only climbed on one hard boulder outside this year, and I wrote about that above.