Showing posts from April, 2012

Summer Plans!!

Today has been an epic 10hrs of sorting and packing my life (more than usual) into my converted van, not my most favourite activity but all this pain is for a reason... I'm moving to the alps for the summer! Leaving tomorrow..

As I've mentioned once or twice before on the blog over the past year or so Trystan and I have started running our own business, developing and building both hardware and software open-source tools for energy monitoring. Much of the work we do is computer/Internet based. This trip is a bit of experiment to see if it's possible to combine work and play;  I'm hoping to do some climbing and Trystan's into mountain biking and loves a good adventure. Trystan and I usually have quite a flexible work life balance and are quite good at mobile working, so we don't expect the trip much of a disruption. Actually we're hoping a change of scene will be good thing to drive motivation and new ideas. 

Here is a cool timelapse video Trystan made of a …

March the new summer?

This last week the weather has been amazing in North Wales, temperatures have regularly been into the upper 20's. Mid week I spent a couple of days living in the van and climbing on Anglesey with Luke Brooks.
On the first day we got some hot and sweaty crag miles in at Rhoscolyn: climbing Mask of the Red Death E3 5c and Wild Rover E1 5b with a coffee and ice cream break in-between, then finishing the day on Centrefold E3 5c. Centrefold in particular was amazing; great climbing, well protected and in lovely golden evening light.

On the second day we ventured onto Gogarth Main cliff nice and early to get on Ordinary Route. The name is a bit misleading, it's the only 5-pitch E5 6a 'ordinary route' I've ever done! Luke smashed out the first meaty 6a pitch before the sun hit the crag. I got the second pitch which was the pumpy Positron headwall crack pitch. Despite early season lack of fitness I battled my way along the rising crack line, fighting the pump till I was a f…