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's enough reminiscing, now for the photos:
|First route of the year|
|Didn't actually get up this! Totally brutal experience|
|Wild route that's within walking distance of home|
|First 'summer feeling' day out, lovely|
|On my birthday!|
|First E5 lead|
|My first (very mini) new route and a great day out|
|Full-on sea cliff big route experience on a beautiful island|
|Classic big tick|
|Cold fingers mountain bouldering|
|First 8a! - amazing intricate and power sequence of moves|
|Big personal aspiration. Gorgeous weather and good company|
Often these posts like this end with something like 'and I wonder what next year will being...', well I can tell you; lots of rain, west coast sea mist and not much winter! At the moment I'm fitting in the odd climbing day and hanging from my fingers at every opportunity in-between working hard to set-up an electronics business.
Roll on warm spring sunshine....