Active Rest Day :)

Location: Loch Lomond

Style: Kayaking

An overcast Sunday afternoon made for perfect kayaking conditions close to the shores of Loch Lomond. Launch location was Luss which had plenty of tourists but managed to not fall on my arse or do a face plant into the boat!

I still have an irrational fear of drowning even though I am a strong swimmer and there was only a gentle wind on the water.  We stayed close to the shore line and paddled for 2 hours.

Evening walk of 2km in total to our local for dinner, steep hill included.


Express Boulder Session


Express session before work today, only 1 hour by the time arrived so not as long as I had originally planned but still better than sitting doing naff all. Felt good even if my skin is now a little bit red and tender.  All but 2 problems done on the circuit and finished off with 5 mins on/off on the 45 board.

Where has this past year gone…?

Wow! Looking at my last post which was over a year ago almost 2 months before I left for Greenland. I remember being swamped with the final batch of uni assignments at the end of my 3rd year and getting into final preparations for the expedition.
With the lack of posts after the last one it is quite clear that my focus was not on personal reflection but rather just trying to get everything done.
Over the coming weeks I will be looking back on my time in Greenland, reading through diary entries and and sifting through photos and film footage.  From this I will post up thoughts, diary extracts and photos.  I am already feeling psyched for another trip but have no clue as to where that will be just yet. Plenty of climbing to do this summer after recently completing my SPA training.  Just thinking about all this climbing I am getting super psyched and can feel the exped bug rising closer to the surface once again…! 🙂

Overdue Routes Session

Always a good way to spend a Friday night… climbing!  Overdue a session after last climbing exactly one week ago.  Was another positive session, not a huge amount in terms of volume but felt good. Didn’t get scared and took 3 falls on routes rather than shouting for my usual take.  This has me feeling like there is some progress. Further up the orange 6b on the justice wall too 🙂  Loving Jess’s black 6b on the comp wall too, now all I need to do is send it.

Looking forward I need to start trying harder stuff with smaller holds too just to add some finger strength work to the mix. Calum’s green 6c will help this too, and even better when the other auto belays make the return to the arena so I can get back on the harder routes here too.  Fingers aren’t feeling strong enough for the V5’s on the boulders yet. Feels like so long ago that I was making attempts on these but in reality it was only 6 months ago.  Time to shed the kg’s and crank harder.