Friday, 30 October 2009

the 'Abode of Snows' here we come!


Forgot to get our Visa's sorted for India (had other things on our mind). So spent this week arranging our trip and going to Birmingham to get a Visa. Expensive game!

Anyway, I guess it is a good thing because now we know what we are doing and have some kind of agenda.

It is going to be a knackering trip!

> Manchester to Delhi, chill out here for a bit.
> Overland Delhi to Kathmandu, an adventure in itself!
> Flying to Lukla airstrip
> Going trekking around the Khumbu region. No specific goals here.
> Walking back to Jiri and the bus to Kathmandu
> Explore Kathmandu
> Fly to Bengalore (South India) and Explore
> Train (Sleeper) to Goa and Chill by the Beach
> Train (Sleeper) to Mumbai
> Watch the India vs Sri Lanka Test Cricket
> Train (Sleeper) to Delhi and Agra to the Taj Mahal
> Relax back in Delhi at the end of our manic trip!

Back in time to get an MOT on the van then drive it out to Chamonix!

Saturday, 24 October 2009

MIA Assessment week

Well, a tough week but a great outcome. Passed!

Just a quick message to say thanks to everyone who has lent a hand over the last month during my personal training for this.

So pleased its all over....until the next one!

Having a week off now then flying out to India with Jen :)

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Teaching Climbing & Rain

Just a little update, have been doing a load of climbing and scrambling days in and around North Wales this month. Bit of teaching trad climbing. All is well, my MIA assessment starts today which should be fun..... :S. Feel 25% prepared!

(Above: Zora leading the top pitch of BooBoo Slab, Tremadog)

Monday, 12 October 2009


Not been up to much, but just a quick rundown on mountain type stuff that has been going on here!

4th: Idwal Slabs with 2 students, Volunteering for the BMC Student Seminal at PYB
5th: Scrambling Short Rope day with Max and Mark, up Nor Nor Buttress variant descend west face
6th: Rainy day! Rescue Training at Indy indoor wall, and weak bouldering session on my behalf!
7th: Bochlywd and Milestone with 2 David & Steve
8th: Gold Navigation Training Course (work)
9th: Moelwyns solo
10th: Scrambling Day with Tom, Little Gully>North Gully onto North Buttress Variant. Descend South ridge Tryfan, to Glyder Fach main cliff up Chasm, descended Gribin Ridge to Cneifon Arete, descend to Ogwen.
11th: Tremadog, rained and recce'd routes. No climbing! Drove to Sheffield!

Got a week of Supply Teaching at KES!

Monday, 5 October 2009

Chamonix to North Wales

Ok, so the end of the summer and some fantastic routes this summer.

Now its time for me to head to North Wales to get some climbing, scrambling and mountain fun in prior to an MIA assessment at the end of the month.

So far have had a good session down at the works, out on Eyam moor on a navigation course, multi pitch climbing on Idwal and a day out on Tryfac East Face today.

Not the alps, but great fun and feeling fit.

India & Nepal at the end of the month, really exciting!