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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Les Bozeliers se Revenant

Feb 4th - Feb 11th 2018

Seven skiers plus a Thomski founder member back to the regular venue

After last years glitch prone and mixed weather week it was great to get better weather, cold and mostly bright with  and (almost) no snags!

 The Thomski operation continues to range free across three systems and all terrain.

Monday Champagny - La Plagne (7)
Tuesday Champagny - La Plagne (7)
Wednesday Pralognan la Vanoise (5)
Thursday Champagny - La Plagne (3)
Friday Courcheval (7)
Saturday Champagny - La Plagne (6)





Ready to roll down one of the Rossa runs


Courcheval system across the valley




Irresistable





It's a generation game









Team members queue up to pose with today's birthday boy......
(or maybe vice versa?)












Don't mention the lunch


We won't be going back!









This year's kit


Elan Amphibio 86

at 176cm

Best skis since the Scott Aztec Pro's









Members taking in the atmospherics up high at Pralognan






Cloud inversions persist on Thursday in la Plagne

(3 out)







View across to the floating Beaufortain range






Meet up at the Alpina for a very pleasant lunch



Following a freak binding flip Mike heads off in snow cat to secure repairs on the run at Courcheval 1650




Had trouble keeping up with these two after a rather long and liquid lunch










CJ grabs a brief kip at 1650

Binding replaced pronto!


Saturday venture out to lunch at La Roche
Two v cold runs off the Rossa, coffee and warm up at Borseliers and back up to the Quillis
Route in red
Via Quillis, Colosses, and Plagne 1800 lifts, 12.40 at the Chalet la Roche Restaurant, what a spot!


Chalet La Roche
Weather not quite as good as this...



Lunch!
Saturday night is Pizza Night

Travel Details
Ferry to Calais depart 07.10 (one before booked) arrive 09.40
Arrive Bozel 20.20

Depart 07.05
Arrive 17.25
Depart tunnel 18.40 (delayed by broken down car on carriage)
Arrive Sutton 19.30













Monday, 13 November 2017

Cold-sterdale

Sunday November 12th

After a quick confab on Saturday, a meet was set for the Rusty Biker in Swainby Sunday morning.  Shift in weather forecast prompted a move well inland to stay with the blue skies.  An ALT-PLAN was hatched in the Black Swan over a morning coffee warming.  A thrash through heather eventually located a sheltered crag lower down.  Lack of routes, gear and belays - had to bail back up and arrived well warmed up at the still very cold buttresseses of the more extensive and amenable(!)
Slipstones
Map shows location of  Birk Gill Crag 
(shown as a square under the "W")

Took a bit of finding, at least we know it's probably not worth a visit!




Meanwhile back at the main crag......

After a long reach to the good hold BP finds a rest for more gear on Jack the Lad





Aces High is steep

BP gets his cards all set for the rather precarious exit right





And made light work of the layback start on the imaginatively named Undercut Flake






Meanwhile a bouldering chap finds a way to keep cool on a solo highball of Seven Up

Only
E2 5c.......





Barnley Crack catches the late sun and sheltered from the bitter wind


Awkward all the way!



AT basks in the late rays

Next Stop

PUB!!

Plenty of deprivation to trade in





Sun about to set





Black Swan delivers the goods

Again









Sunset en route



Thursday, 9 November 2017

Scot Three

Wednesday November 8th

This time there was every prospect of all-day rays.  And next to no wind!!

A few texts and the mission was made, the logistics in place, and a rendezvous set for three geezers at  this seasons default venue....
Scot Crags, Scugdale
Cracking coffee and scone at the Rusty Biker bought a bit of time for the sun to come up and flow some joules into the rock.



NB warming up on Alpha.  Or was it Beta?  Maybe Gamma?

I dunno it's all Greek to me




BP arrives and rattles off a few solos.


Pulling himself together on Curtain Wall




BP feeling festive on Holly Tree Wall





NB follows very tidy










Wot?  No halo?







NB makes his moves!


All Good!




NB starts the rather technical sequence on Pup's climb







Taking the Pup for a bit of a run out





BP gets re-aquainted with a classic




As is often the case on many routes here  the finish is best not rushed


A nice thread takes care of the higher moves on Whippet Wall




The wussy sling takes some of the sting out of a run out finish

















Routes 1-8 best guess
Many more pics here

Monday, 6 November 2017

Welcome to the Walking Week

Some top days out this week

Sunday October 29th




Casterton









View to a KL



Thursday 2 November
Derwentwater 





Causey Pike
Saturday 4th November
Barforth
 New view of Gainford from south of the River



What's left of St Lawrences

The Dovecot