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.

Not long before the night navigation begins...

Some of the highlights were undoubtedly with regular clients, some of whom are on their fourth or fifth visit. It provides me with some good challenges to match climbs with their ambitions and in venues that they haven’t tried before.

Alastair (left) on "Reverse Cleft" Severe, Harry on "Mucky Gully", Diff.

I’m lucky to have a wide range clients to work with, such as Chris, who’s on the road to a big sea cliff classic on the island if Lundy next year, and Alastair who’s on a long term training programme leading upto an Ama Dablam expedition in 2013.

Over the few months I’ll be doing the usual drive back and forth to Scotland to indulge in that adventurous style of climbing, Ice and mixed in the Scottish style.

Central Grooves in Glen Coe - Five stars

Last year I managed to keep the “Scottish Winter Blog” fairly well updated with condition reports and general photos from my days out in the hills. Fingers crossed for another great winter…

But right now I should be packing, off to Spain in the morning for a week of (hopefully) sunny sport climbing on the Limestone cliffs of El Chorro. I’m very excited, despite a ongoing tendon issue – it’ll be good fun whatever.