10K… I must be mad.

Never again will I do something that is far beyond my realm of capabilities. Oh wait I’m planning to go climbing in East Greenland, so except for the expedition I will not, I repeat I will not enter another Rat Race.

I hadn’t been training for this event so wasn’t very keen to get going on this one even on the startline however, the team needed me and so off we went on our wee jaunt.

Second obstacle in I jumped over the hurdle and out popped my knee cap and back in again. I knew what had happened having felt it almost three years before, thankfully this time in went straight back in. My heart sank right to underground of Edinburgh with its dark shadows and somber atmosphere. George helped me over the rest of the hurdles stepping slowly and cautiously, we rounded the corner and the team; Bish, Alison and Iain were waiting and wondering what had happened. I told them what had happened and they offered to let me rest for 5 but I knew if I did that it would be the end of my knee. Knowing that without all 5 of us crossing the line we wouldn’t finish as the team that entered. Time to man up and carry on 🙂

So another 8km of grueling steps, hills, obstacles and a buggered knee with a little help from my friends we did make it to the finish line… as a team.

It made me think a lot about being part of a team, how good it feels no matter how bad things get it is teamwork that gets you through. Pushing, hauling, shoving, heaving; it’s all good.

To achieve something as part of a team is amazingly satisfying, we weren’t going out there to win; it was about having fun and finishing together as a team. Despite the pain, all the steps and muddy, slippery hills I did have a lot of fun with my ‘shit mates’ and no I’m not doing it again!


Fully Loaded

Blah…!  Run out of tissues and now on reserve supplies.

Feeling pretty crap today, day 3 of hideous cold and so much work to do. Spent much of my time on Wall to Wall exped planning yesterday and in the background thinking about course work for Uni. So today I need to flick the switch and get some course work done while all the time I am wondering about various aspects of exped and what I need to do next.

Navigation is on top of my list but I have put things in motion to get this sorted which makes me feel good. It seems that come January they will hand me a map and compass, no torch permitted and I will be able to find my way… Will blog again and let you know how that one turns out. #feelingoptimistic  Thank you @CraigMathieson4

Sometimes it’s hard to work out details that you didn’t think would be a challenge but I guess an expedition wouldn’t be one without hiccups along the way. As team leader I need to work these things out and be strong in my decision making skills.

Ooh, need to sort my tickets to go and see Sir Chris Bonington soon, very excited!

Sandstone you are no longer new to me… Kyloe (Out)

Yay all up to date…

Saturday was a fun day out at Kyloe in Northumberland.

My first time on sandstone was an interesting one, the routes we did:
Slab and Groove VS 5a**
Christmas Tree Arete D**
Deception Crack HS 4b***
Christmas Tree Arete (Direct Finish) VS 4c*
Wilfred Prickles VS 5a**
A bad head day for me only leading the one D route which was a lovely route but definitely not pushing myself hard enough. You know what though we all get days like that and sometimes we just have to accept that it’s a day for seconding.

My favourite route for the day would have to be Deception Crack, such nice moves and fun to do. A close second would be Wilfred Prickles, a foot slip half way up but the love the side pull moves then changing as you get nearer the top.

The worst part of this day was losing my mojo on Christmas Tree Arete. So many false starts and Fraser shouting in a quiet way and telling me to man the …. up! That’s what friends are for.

The funniest part of the day, Fraser dropping his biscuit which camouflaged itself in the pine cones for a good few minutes before he could find it again. A laugh out loud moment for sure.

Hawcraig – 23rd September 2013

Yes more catch up. This time we had a day out at Hawcraig just near Aberdour.

Time was limited as I had to drop the kids at school for 9am then be back by 3.30 for when they arrived home.

We headed over the bridge at it was close to home and tides were on our side.

I led 2 routes Escalator and Flake and Wall. Flake and Wall was a nice little route just a shame and about all the prickly Gorse bushes at the top.

Fraser led a HVS which was pretty darn tricky. When we started there were 4 big rocks between the tide and our bags… all good, if it gets down to two then we need to start picking up the pace. I went to second the route but got ridiculously stuck with one leg either side of the nose overhanging bit. Yes I’m sure it would have made a very funny little home video I’m just pleased no one was there to film it, an ever so slightly embarrassing moment. Fraser thought all this was hilarious due to my sound effects that went with all the effort I was putting in to get over the nose. One day I will laugh right back at you Fraser…

Anyway so after falling off (not down ‘cos I’m on a toppy remember) and taking a rest I look around to see our bags just one rock away from the tide – damn how did that happen so quick? I came abbed down to retrieve the rest of the gear, there was no way I was going to get myself unstuck from the nose… We grabbed our gear and scrambled to the top to retrieve the rope and anchors.

Dunkeld 26th August, 2013

Ok so Dunkeld was a wee while ago now, just trying to catch up on my bloggy bits.

After enjoying a fun weekend in Edinburgh for an annual catch up with some close friends, Fraser and I headed up on the Monday bank holiday weekend to climb outside with the summer sun still strong. I loved the hot weather on the other had when Fraser is belaying on a ledge after the first pitch waiting for me to get find my way on the route after thinking I was lost – he doesn’t like the sun so much.

So Fraser led the first route of the day which was a lovely Severe where he had some interesting gear placement, I especially liked the double stacked hex – the most creative I’ve seen so far. The I led Twisted Rib which was 2 pitches of meandering up to a ledge then a step across a small void to a big block and onto some slabby stuff. From here is was unclear where to go due to amount of growth on the route but eventually found my way in the baking sun and topped out. Another route after that and we were done for the day. Glen and his mate were also at Dunkeld that day making it a Tiso hat-trick and thanks to Glen for the stealth picture taking… you must know that I hate posing for pictures.