June; sun, sea and trad- lovely!

4th Jul 2010

The madness is about to start…filming on the BBC2 series ‘Scaling Britain’ begins tomorrow on Caernarfon Castle and it’s safe to say that everyone involved is very excited.

In the last few weeks since the Pabbay adventure, I have been trying to get as much climbing in as possible. I’ve been getting out and about in various corners of this fantastic island and enjoying the sunny weather. I’ve been to Cornwall- not sure about that Cornish granite!- Swanage, definitely enjoyed the trad there more than I expected, some obscure Peak limestone venues, a sandstone crag near Cardiff called The Gap- not bad- and my favourite, good old Pembroke.

What’s been especially nice is catching up and climbing with my old mate Emma Alsford. She’s mad keen at the mo and cranking like a good ‘un, which is always nice to see. And we have a laugh together, so it’s been good fun.

I feel like I’m starting to climb pretty well on trad. I’m feeling very comfortable head-wise and getting fitter for steep stuff, consequently I’m onsighting all the E5’s I’m getting on. It’s nice to feel like I’m going well but of course these things never last, so as the filming gets under way, my climbing will be taking a serious back seat- I’ll be lucky if I get one day done a week.

But hey, I’m not complaining, there’s a time for everything. And at least I managed to get some good stuff done in June.

Also, I’m going to Pembroke again next weekend to climb with Emma, so hope the weather holds and I can make the most of it.

I will try to update every now and then about the filming, I’m sure there will be plenty of down time here and there.

Bye for now.