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Month: November 2011

The Dufour Route

I was digging through some old computer files today and found this piece I had written about an alpine ascent from 2003. The route had a big effect on me at the time. It had felt remote and although the climbing had been technically “OK” the descent had been loose and very slow. It was the middle of winter, cold and with a storm due just a few hours after we should have finished. I remember being very nervous before the climb, and voicing my doubts to Stuart, who pretty much told me to toughen up and stop being...

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Updated Website Content

Spent a morning updating the website with some articles previously written for publication in “Active Dartmoor” Spring Showers – here Weather Fronts – here Details of the South-West Moorland Leader Scheme – here It’s chucking it down as a very windy cold front crosses the UK today, a good morning to catch up on some computer admin. But the first Scottish Winter climbing trip is not long away I should get out and do some...

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El Chorro Climbing – Sun, Rain and some steepness

It’s been a while since I’d last been on a dedicated sport climbing holiday to a sunny destination. Luckily for me I’ve got some well organised and highly motivated friends who were organizing a trip to Spain and were keen for company. Soon we were a group of ten, all friends and a full mixture of abilities. El Chorro turned out to be a perfect destination, and despite some pretty horrific weather at the start we found plenty of venues to suit everyone with climbs at the crags ranging from Fr4 to Fr8a within a few meters of each other. [nggallery id=15] Here’s a quick video of Rob on a really good fun 7b in a cave near El...

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From one “Season” to the next…

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been updating the website with regular blog updates. But that should start to change a little now, I’m finishing the summer/autumn season in Devon and looking towards the upcoming winter in Scotland. I had a great combination of work this year, with weekdays at a local outdoor centre (The Dartmoor centres) and the weekends and holidays meeting Vertical Frontiers clients on Dartmoor, the Cornish sea Cliffs or up in North Wales. Some of the highlights were undoubtedly with regular clients, some of whom are on their fourth or fifth visit. It provides me with...

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Summit selfie on the Domes du Miage this morning.
A great trip from the Conscrits Refuge and a ski all the way down to the valley floor.

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