A Ton Up and Pushing the Boat Out

I will be returning to the UK soon for several months to welcome baby no. 2 on board, so there was again a small window to get some climbing in this afternoon at our local crag, St. Montan.

Matt and I top roped a couple of local lads on Mono 4b, Dr Ding Dong 4a and Les petits trous 4a. Then for some fun! Wanting to push the boat out, I led Le bide 6b cleanly and then Pat Hibulaire 6b. This was just the ticket, sh0rt and punchy (each with a small dyno) and gave me a good idea of what to expect higher up in the grades.

Maybe one more outing before we leave, but a good way to celebrate my 100th post.

Spring sport climbing

Just spent another very pleasant hour or so at the local crag at St. Montan. Lovely sunshine, great routes and very relaxing without all the normal faff and time-wasting.

Again, we just drove 15 minutes, walked 2 minutes and then got on the climbs. This was handy, as I didn’t have lots of time to spare, and neither did Matt, so it was two good routes and then back in time for lunch.

I lead both routes this time, which were Galactica 5b and le Dièdre de la Terreur 5b. What was really enjoyable was the variety in the two routes, which were only a metre apart. Galactica was steep and burly, but with great handholds, whilst le Dièdre de la Terreur was balancey in the first half and then with bolder laybacking in the top half.

There’s still nothing like trad climbing, but I’m really enjoying sport climbing here with the obvious attractions of good weather and lack of stress. It’s also giving me more confidence for improving my trad grade. More on that to follow.

The Amputee Adventurers

Back in January and February, I assisted with a group of amputees who had their sights set on Jebel Toubkal (High Atlas, Morocco). We did a preparatory weekend in Glencoe and then spent a week in the High Atlas.

It was with pleasure that I discovered recently that the trip report for the two sorties had been published online. What is more, my face made it a couple of times onto the Berghaus website, by whom one of the participants was sponsored!

The two-part article can be found in the following links:

The Amputee Adventurers: Winter Skills Training Weekend in Preparation for Mount Toubkal (Part 1)

The Amputee Adventurers: Winter Skills Training Weekend in Preparation for Mount Toubkal (Part 2)

Again, a big ‘well done’ to all the team for massive efforts all round. They did exceptionally well.

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