Ice and Mixed
1. On sighting 'Arachnid'- M8, Ouray, Colorado.
2. Competing in my first ever winter comp.
It was the at The Ouray Ice Festival and was a great atmosphere. I was pretty nervous, we had to climb an ice route and a mixed route and the combined scores gave you your final postion. I amazed myself by coming second!
3. Mighty Aphrodite M9r
This is a not so great image of Mighty but it's a great memory. This route is one of my best achivements and just looking at this picture of me trying to clip the rope in and the fear in my eyes brings the ascent rushing back. Fortunately, some sensible soul has now bolted it and it will certainly get climbed now. I don't think it was ever repeated on trad gear,. It was certainly a once only for me- awesome crack line too!
4. Dizzy with the Vision M7+.
Breaking out onto the sanctuary of the ice after some tough but fun mixed climbing.
5. The Fang WI 5+
This is one of the most famous free standing pillars around and I have to say it's one of the best features I've ever climbed. It wasn't in great nick when I did it but I guess that added to the experience. It's an amazing thing to do and I'm psyched to have climbed it.
6. Ode On Ice WI5, Ouray.
A great route with lots of variety.
7.Trying to keep warm
Scotland, what can I say? An aquired taste and certainly suited to a specific type of person. IE. Someone who LIKES the cold and unfortunately that's not me.
8. 'Lillaz Cascade'
The absolute classic in the Cogne area. A must do for everyone whatever grade you climb. At 3+ it's a dream.
Although it's cold, it's great climbing on such a varied medium- really exciting too!