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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Lakeland Regular

Friday 10th March

Good forecast - one day only!  Plan A activated

Drive to Keswick - tick
Grab provisions - tick
Catch 12.20 78 to Lodore - tick
West Side walk - tick
Booths shoppery - tick
Horse and Farrier - tick!

All objectives met!

Low flier! 
Airbus A400M  flies low out over Bassenthwaite

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Spring Tease 2018

March 8th

Late afternoon walk out

Pudding Hill Road

Last week's snow hanging on

Live Tweet

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Wall Games

Feb 27th

Weather warnings, blzzards, wind chill terrors, forecasts of travel disruption and all round mayhem failed to stop large posse of pensioners arriving at Harrogate Wall for some indoor action.

BP leaves an on sight 6a+ trailing in his unstoppable wake

CB takes it easy after a minor op

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Langton Locals

24 Feb

Spring nowhere in sight
But the lambs are out in numbers in the fields around Langton

There were at least fifty of the cute little critters

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


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...

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


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(!)
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

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


Plenty of deprivation to trade in

Sun about to set

Black Swan delivers the goods


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