Apologies for the rather long post. I seem to have quite a bit to catch up on.
Iv been working flat out (with quite a bit of help from my dad) on the van for the past couple of weeks. The conversion is getting close to completion. Its very exciting,
Milestones in the last few days have been getting the axillary battery charging system system working (took me ages to figure out that a bad earth connection was the cause of the problem) and fitting the top surfaces to the bed.
The massive deep cycle auxiliary battery on loan from Trystan
I leave for Chamonix in less than two weeks, I have stepped up the training and alpine psyche (guide book reading). The plan is to spend a couple of weeks alpine climbing in Chamonix and a couple of weeks exploring, rock climbing, sport climbing, chilling and via ferrata in the Briancon Ailefroide region in the Ecrins, with the possibility of a few days chilling in the south of France.
The Chamonix portion of the trip will probably be the most intense, alpine route wise . The hit list so far conditions and weather dependant is (in order of level of psychness): Frendo Spur,
Then we did Kestrel Cracks in Tremadog where I found an in-situ nut (literally!) Very cool.
After topping out I went to have a look at the Neb Direct, a classic jamming pitch but time was running out. Am psyched to give it a go sometime. Iv heard it has a bit of a reputation for being rather brutal! I am of the opinion that it can only help improve my far from perfect jamming technique. Will report back...