Dinorwic High-line

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be part of a good group of mates who set-up a high-line in the slate quarries. The line was set-up across the hole next to Serengeti, it's a great location for a high-line. The ground drops away quite sharply making it safe to start the line standing.

Apart from a quick play on the epic Tryfan high-line (which was wayy to hard for me!) this was my first real high-lining experience. I've done a fair bit of slacklining over the years to casually pass time and hangout with mates while on climbing trips, but high-lining (literally) takes slacklining to another level! The challenge is quite psychological although there are a lot of subtle techniques to learn: such as how to get back up onto the line after taking a fall onto the leash which leaves you hanging in space well out of arm's reach of the line! Needless to say I can feel the pain today from doing this strenuous maneuver repeatedly yesterday. 

Dougie on the line 

Bertie walking the whole line first go, epic!

Mr BOB Hat crocheting hats on the line with a broken heel! 

It was great to catchup with Will Oates; after falling off the top of Jerry's Roof and breaking a bone in his heel when a hold broke he's been busy setting up http://bobhats.com passing the time making quality hats. Not to be left out Will rather impressively scooted out to the middle of the line for some 'extreme crocheting' Who said knitting is for wimps!

Stepping out into space with BOB Hat-for-balance!
I was pretty happy with the progress I made, after a few falls I managed to stay up for what felt like a fair while and take about five steps or so. Still a long way to go but overcoming the 'fear' and actually starting to slackline like I do on the ground felt like good progress.

Bertie was star of the show, after setting up the line he proceeded to walk the whole thing pretty much first time, then do it again a few hours later. Very impressive. 

Spring is in the air!

The silver lining to the rather wet winter we've had in the UK this year is that it really makes you appreciate some nice weather days when they come. Today was one of those days, today made me feel excited for the summer and super motivated to train, climb and get outside as much as possible.

Sunrise morning coffee by Lyn Padarn
Thanks to BOB hats for my awesome new bobble hat, if you would like a quality hat made by a couple of the nicest people I've ever met checkout http://bobhats.com. Bob hats was setup after Will broke his heel after he broke a hold topping out on Jerrys roof, he's looking forward to it mending and heading off in his van around Europe for 12 months or so this summer. To help fund the trip and kill the time while his heel mends he's been making hats!

Amy dishing out the Cereal

Mmm sun + cereal = winner

Another http://bobhats.com advert! 
After breakfast the day seemed so sunny I couldn't make myself head straight into work, instead I went for a little fell run up Elidir Fawr.

Running up Elidir Fawr via Marchlyn, water level looked surprisingly low given the amount of rain we've had!

Little bit of fresh snow from last night on slopes of Elidir Fawr

Little bit of hard snow remaining

View towards Y Garn
Here's a photosphere panorama I took on my phone, you should be able to scroll around it 360 degrees

I think spring is one of my favourite times of year, it;'s very exciting feeling warmth in the sun again and watching everything turn green and of course getting out on DRY WARM ROCK!

Roll on the spring and...bring on more days like this :-D

At the moment I've been trying to climb / train as much as possible ready for a trip to Chuilla in Spain (via train) at the end of the month, I've been looking forward to this all winter! Chuilla sounds amazing, It's somewhere I've never been before.

I've also recently got some flights booked to Morocco at beginning of the summer, hoping to climb some big routes in Tagine in the Atlas Mountains, this should be an amazing experience both culturally and climbing wise.