New musings on photography

This is how it used to be: My first serious camera was a Praktica. When I purchased it I didn't understand it was an integral part of the great communist plot to undermine the moral of decadent Western youth by making them permanently disappointed....

Debbie’s first taste of Trad climbing.

Climbing with Debbie The sun is out and Spring has well and truly sprung.  As usual the UK weather conspires only to be good during the week.  Clive is at work, Darren is busy building sheds, I really don’t get that, what can possibly be more important than climbing?...

Grade Creep

‘Grade Creep’ is a wonderful thing. The other day I was looking through my friend’s new FRCC guide book for the Langdales and I was pleasantly surprised to find I was a much better climber than I thought. Imagine how good it felt to discover that small vertical crack...

The Ribbon

The Ribbon   Sometimes it feels as though the significant days of my life have started in a flickering pool of head torch light. Anything within the beam, safe, anything outside, unknown and potentially dangerous. Clive and I were using our torches to avoid waking our...

A day in the life

A Day in the Life Friday 6th June 2014   There was a time,  I was younger and exponentially more stupid,  that I thought brushing snow off holds was great and ascending routes in a torturous  mix of  German Romanticism, Nietzschien  idealism with freezing, unfeeling...

Improve your climbing

Climbing: A relational approach, this could improve your climbing We are relational beings, this is a fact. Some of us have pre-dispositions, which might put limitations on this, but understanding or at least considering this could advance or bring more enjoyment to...

The Ben

  The Ben       If someone says to you, they have climbed ‘Orion Face Direct’ on Ben Nevis they are probably not telling the truth. On the other hand if they mention a route on ‘The Ben’ they probably are telling the truth. Climbers do not use the name of the mountain...

Climbing in the Jebel El Kest area of Morocco

  Useful things to know about climbing in the Jebel El Kest I noticed quite a lot of people have been viewing the Morocco video so I thought I would add a bit of useful information. These are the distilled observations of four climbers who spent an intense two week...

Ice Climbing in Ouray final thoughts

Well it was a great trip for Clive and David they each climbed approximately one and a half miles of steep ice, try that in Scotland, which is what we went to Ouray for. Unfortunately I injured my hand and lagged some distance behind in the mileage stakes, I couldn't...

The American. More Ouray Stuff

A friend of Clive's came to join us last night.  He took over our living space as a bedroom and ate all our food.  Then he used the bathroom - see photo .He's an archetypal American and his name is Drew. Drew is a cross between Charlton Heston and George Clooney; he...

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