Showing posts from February, 2012

2011: Best non-climbing photos

Here are my favourite non-climbing photos from 2011, although most were taken while out climbing!

All photos on this blog are © Glyn Hudson.

2011: A climbing year in photos

This post has been quite a while in the making. As you can probably guess by the title I started compiling it around new year time. I can't believe it's March already, I'd better get it published before I'm doing the same for 2012!
2011 was an amazing year for my climbing. My UKC logbook tells me that I did 199 routes (dam..not quite 200!), but we all know that quality is better than quantity. In terms of grade boundaries broken 2011 will be very hard to beat: my first grade 5/6 winter route (of two), first E5 (of three), and first 8a (of two). Of course it's no all about grades, but it's undoubtedly satisfying to climb at a grade that a few years ago seemed like an impossible goal. 
I love how climbing takes me to some amazing places with good people and gives memories which will last forever. I'm thinking about doing a complimentary blog post with my favourite non-climbing photos from last year, although I'm sure most will be related. 
Right, that…

Stanage Bouldering

Hardly a cloud in the sky, temperature hovering around freezing....the perfect conditions for a day on the grit!
Being a North Wales based monkey I don't get to experience magic days out in the Peak very often, in fact this was my first ever time bouldering at Stanage. I was not disappointed. It was amazing to walk around ticking classics such as Not to be Taken Away and the Green Traverse.

The photo above was taken by a nice guy called Rob from Vertical Adventures, check out some of his other photos here and

Scottish Winter and Peak District Sun

Last week I managed a trip up north for some winter climbing fun. Despite conditions not being perfect (bit warm) we still managed some good routes high on Ben Nevis. Here are a few photos:

One day we had a rest from doing the Ben Nevis north face walk in and headed up to Stob Corie nan Lochan in Glencoe and did Dorsal Arete in almost summer conditions!

Clogwyn Ddu Left Hand Branch

Yesterday I managed to squeeze in my first winter climbing day of the season, and what a day it was. 
We climbed Clogwyn Left Hand Branch on Clogwyn Ddu. The ice had not properly formed on the main pitch so we did the mixed variant which goes at V 6 with good gear. Higher up the ice got better. We finished up left up an easy icy ramp.
Topping out to sun, blue skies and no wind was amazing. It's days like this that really make up for months of rain and grayness. 
Right Hand Branch, El Macho and Pillar Chimney all saw ascents. 
Fingers crossed that it all doest all disappear over the weekend.