New North Wales Bouldering guidebook launch!

On Saturday I attended a meetup and party to celebrate the long awaited and much anticipated launch of the new 2017 North Wales Bouldering Guidebook!
Now available from V12 Outdoor.

North Wales has some of the best bouldering in the world. In 2004 Simon Panton published the first proper bouldering guidebook to the area:

I can remember my excitement 12 years ago (in 2006) getting hold of a copy. I grew up in North Wales and was just starting to lead climb outside. The guide opened my mind to the possibility of bouldering - another style of climbing I could try. Over the proceeding years I've visited almost all areas in the old book and enjoyed climbing many fine problems and visiting some special hidden areas of forrest and mountainside I would not have otherwise explored.

The old guidebook has been out of print for a number of years. In recent times we've relied on the treasure-trove of information on the website for updated info and the latest news on the endless stream of new discoveries tirelessly updated by Simon Panton. Every visit to the site would inspire me to get out and checkout the new problems springing up everywhere, the enthusiasm of Simon and other pioneers was infectious.

I was fortunate enough to be on the 'inner circle' of NWB, over the past few years I had the enjoyment of proof reading sections of the new guide. Each time a new .pdf teasingly arrived in my inbox I was blown away by the sheer number of new problems and the quality and thoroughness of the documenting and editing. Whenever I could I tried to visit the new areas and occasionally helped with some photos and corrections.  What was obvious was that the new guide was going to be a BEAST! The old guide contained about 1000 problems, the new guide has over 4000 problems weighing in at 1.1Kg!

On Saturday I attended the launch bouldering meetup and evening party to celebrate the new guidebook. We enjoyed a sunny day out at Porth Ysgo followed by an evening of entertainment at The Caban Cyf, a fantastic community enterprise office space / cafe in Brynrefail. Top effort to Simon for arranging and an even bigger congratulations for pulling off a monumental effort to produce the finest bouldering guide book North Wales has ever seen. Will it ever be bettered?!

Here is a short clip of some drone footage I shot at Porth Ysgo on Saturday, unfortunately it was a bit windy (and I was a bit busy bouldering!) so I didn't get as much footage as I would have liked but at least it sets the scene:

I'm now as psyched as ever to get out and enjoy some of many fine new boulder problems in N.Wales...just as soon as the rain stops!

Diamond Days

Here in North Wales the outdoor roped climbing season is pretty much over. Cold, wetness and darkness are prevailing. Ah well, a change of scene is always good. I'm enjoying the Beacon Climbing indoor winter bouldering circuits and looking forward to getting outside bouldering.

I've finally managed to find some time to edit the video footage I shot climbing on The Diamond crag on the Little Orme in Llandudno.

The Diamond is one the best sport climbing crags in the UK. It's a shame due to bird nesting restrictions, tides and conditions it's only really possible to climb on it a few months of the year. These restrictions do make those rare days when all the stars align even more magical. 

Here's a short video edit of Luke Brooks and I climbing on The Diamond towards the end of the summer. 

Luke's project is actually Skip of Fools 8a+ (incorrectly labelled in the video) and my route is The Brute 8b. Both us made good progress but didn't manage to send our projects before winter took hold. I'm actually fine with this, I've been really enjoying the process of red-pointing and it's a good motivation to train over the winter to have an open project! Roll on next summer..

Here's a few photos from The Diamond:

Llanberis 'Driving With Electricity' EV Event: My Experience after 20K EV miles

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking at a CPRW Electric Car event at Electric Mountain in Llanberis. My presentation covered my experience driving an EV and the ins and outs of charging.

Here's a copy of my slides:

Here's a copy of the agenda: