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Month: December 2013

The last adventure of the year

The last few weeks have seen some mixed weather down on Dartmoor with sunny days climbing in a t-shirt to full on down parka hats and gloves. This week we had the pleasure of introducing the Croney family to climbing outdoors, these guys have some experience climbing on indoor walls they have also tackled some big multiday walks and summited Kilimanjaro, they are also on a mission to climb the Matterhorn in 2015, so they were all comfortable in the outdoors. Our first day was spent down at the Dewerstone we spent the morning going over some of the...

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Distilled – Climbing film review

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of sitting in my nice warm living room watching Andy Cave climbing through a torrent of spin drift on Ben Nevis. There’s been very few good climbing films made of winter climbing, it must be such a logistically difficult activity to film. Hot Aches have done a really good job, filming a really good mixture of classic Scottish winter routes, especially around Ben Nevis, with Tower ridge taking center stage in good snowy conditions. The back ground to the film is Andy Cave’s book “Learning to Breathe” and anyone who has read the book will identify the themes running through the film. Having said that, I don’t think its a prerequisite to read the book before watching the film. This mixture of “proper” winter climbing with a narrative background I really enjoyed, so much better than the usual climbing films of people just climbing hard to music. Also, watching people climb well within their ability on classic routes with a interesting narrative was a great idea, I found myself listening to the background story more than the climbing at times, and back again. Andy Cave has an interesting story, and he talks as much about Scottish winter climbing and the logical progression to the Alps and expedition climbing as his life story. If your a climber with ambitions, you will...

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Sport Climbing in Spain, Siruana – Lead Climbing Coaching

Since 2006 I have taken clients all over the world guiding and leading them on mountaineering expeditions and trips. This November it was a pleasant change to find myself in Siruana, Spain with Chris. We had two days to tick off a load of routes and improve Chris’s lead climbing in the process. I had been out for a few days, getting to know the area and bagging some climbs whilst I was “having a look”. We based ourselves in the village of Cornudella de Montsant, an hour and forty five from Barcelona. The village is a great spot...

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Another day of laps in the trees. Low angled slopes avoiding the avi hazard and trying to keep out of the wind. Pretty wild weather at the moment.

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Mellow laps through the trees with Rob and Louise today. So quiet - fresh tracks all day 👍

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Superb weather and soft snow on the Vallee Blanche today. Even got some fresh tracks, although not shown on this video.
A pleasure to be skiing and guiding the white valley again 👍⛷

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A bit wind blown up top but some pretty good snow lower down. Good fun being #skiguide for Rich and Andrew.

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