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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Christmas 2010

Apart from a brief thaw, snow lay with us all through December, so Christmas was resolutely white.
Ron up North for most of the month.  Night out at the Sage was a blast.  Vikki and Pete arrive after straightforward trip courtesy the cash injected Zsara.  Christmas Day with Grandma and all (most of) the trimmings.  The Newcastle mob with Ron came on Monday for a slap up fish cake feast.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

All white now

Day 6 - Nov 29th



day 3, November 27th

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Autumn Morning Moods

Sunday November 14th
It's been a curious week, meeting friends and colleagues from my old work, Jo, Vivienne, Mark, Roger.  They are all leaving, following my four year old footsteps.  Best to them.

Magic morning across the valley
Max pays attention

Sun like a bubble pop yellow up it floats

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Bonfire biking

November 6th - pinging day

Left Max on guard

Went out for an 18 mile ride round the Layton Loop

Light fantastic everywhere

Nearly home

More pictures here

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Nabster Blaster

Thursday 21st - in or out?
Brief debate about venue - Beacon Scar or Park Nab?
Seeing as the wind was getting up we - being hardy types - headed for the least sheltered and most exposed option......

(c) Simon Caldwell
with thanks

It was hoolified up top, although Norm reported wind free climbing - hang on that can't be right.

5 TR routes done - an HVS 5a claiimbed, plus a visit to dogsville.

Belayer gets blown about

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Lake Fever

Wednesday 13th
Outdoor day, late start (bulldog blues) then plan A into action, up onto Hartsop and some messing about on Gill Crag.  Last there in July 1999. Hopes for repeat rays not fulfilled.

Dropped a rope for Norm to wander at will up the sweeping slab in the sinking mist.  Picture shown courtesy considerable artistic license.

4.6 miles, 400 metres ascent and descent.

Tuesday 12th October
Headed west to catch some rays, arrived at Howtown in the late misty morning.

Walk from there to Glenridding, Steamer back.  Six miles or so.

 Sun burning it off

Lakeland at its most fantabulous

No commentary possible

Glenridding pier

More stuff at Lakes 2010

Friday, 8 October 2010

Three blokes and a bird

It's October, the forecast is mixed, so what better plan than to head up to the high moors to the most altitudinous and exposed crag in the North East?


Took cover from sudden squall  in thoughtfully built shelter.

Had to abandon after one short warm up route, utterly failed in that objective, the wind having upped to typhoonic proportions.

It's no Healaughing matter!

A quick regroup and plan B was in place, a life threatening walk across the pheasant infested moorland - the shooters were out in force, but by the time we got close they'd given up their own ghost, anything they hit was blown clean to Barnard Castle.

Except for the one that Peter despatched with mercy aforethought.

Thompson wins mad hat challenge.

All in all 8 miles round with a brief interlude in the Punch Bowl, Feetham

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Trail trials

Left car at Bowlees and bussed back to Middleton in Teesdale (Alston Garage upper Teesdale minibus service). Hudeshope valley and over the moor to Newbiggin.  Followed D&S Times route up Hueshope back and over the moor back to Newbiggin.  Several deviations to avoid horses, cows, bulls etc.

Looking up Teesdale
Walk - 5 miles, 255m ascent

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Looking ahead - thinking back

Tophet Wall. Late September 2002. Arrived late, losing the sun, wind getting up. First pitch felt straight in at the deep end after an extra long walk in via Grains Gill. Made the moves, belayed, and upwards and onwards. Led the hand traverse, felt comfortable with the exposure. Peter led the last pitch, all flapping goretex and whipping ropes.


October 2006.  Great North Road P2. Colin on belay. "It's up there". Climbed up, small holds, getting smaller, gear in, close to limit, climb down. Look at Colin. He looks back. I gather myself and climb, up past the gear, out over the drop, up under the roof, flap in a wire, useless! Grab a cam, ram it in, clip it and breathe. Breathe some more. Pull up and round, angle eases, more gear in! It's done! Look down and there is my Dad at the bottom of the crag, he'd come along to watch the game, just like he used to do when I was a 16 year old in the first team, sneaked up without saying anything.


Sunday, 26 September 2010

South bound again

Late September for the week in Poole as promised.  Tripping about the towns, villages and coastline of Purbeck with Ron for a few pleasant days. Jurassicificacious!

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Wall walking

Early September - first full week not back to school

House job
Upgraded wall

Garden job
Upgraded wall

Short Sunday walk, Brockhole to Ambleside

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

First moves

© Crux, UKC with thanks
It's almost six months since St Etienne - time to open the envelope.  So spent a short morning at Rock Antics loosening up with Peter - felt good - can now add weekly sessions to the recovery regime.  Marvellous!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Kestrel Butterflies

High pressure in charge so a perfect day to give the green light to the Grisedale Plan - been on Norm's list for some time so gotta be done.  Walk in from Glenridding via Lanty's tarn and a steady plod up the valley to reach the crag.

Kestrel Wall (Severe 45m).

Norm moving up with no sign of the butterflies he says were flapping about.

Peter follows in a fine position

Sherpa Thompson caught blocking the view at the top of the route with boots ready to go.

Long walk in, high crag, great route - A Big Day in the North

More stuff from the Gman here