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Month: August 2013

Performance lead Climbing course

I have spent this week climbing with a young lad called Stan, he is 14 and from London, a regular climber at his local wall for the last few years and even competing and winning at some high level competitions. This promised to be an exceptional few days of climbing, and it did not disappoint. 9th Aug 2013 Dartmoor Granite, Dewerstone. We meet on Friday morning at the Dewerstone, we have a quick chat about Stan’s hopes for the course, and this comes in a very 14 year old answer of a slight squash of the face and a...

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Lames Fontaine – SW face, Voie Abert

With a forecast for afternoon thunderstorms and a thirst for some Chamonix granite crack climbing, today we headed up early to the “hidden gem” of the Voie Abert. Tucked underneath the impressive bulk of the Aiguille Blaitiere, this little ridge has some fantastic crack climbing and numerous pinnacles to traverse, and abseil from. We had the whole route to ourselves, and had a really good time, with some tough little pitches of Fr6a interspersed with some scrambling and airy ridge traversing. Above – summit of the Blaitiere on the left, with the Lames Fontaine on the right. Above –...

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