Thursday 17 May 2012

Last few weeks

The last few weeks have been pretty manic with work and trying to fit as much training in around it as possible, easier said than done!  Thankfully the motivation has been there to get out and I'm really loving the running and road biking at the moment.

The only climbing I've been doing over the last few months has been good sessions down at Harrogate Climbing Centre but Cat and I did manage to escape to North Wales on Saturday afternoon and had a brilliant 'trot' (not quite fully embracing the whole fell 'running' just yet ;-) but I think it may happen... ) round the Snowdon Horseshoe.  Sunday was leisurely start followed by long breakfast and eventually we headed over to Gogarth to be met by a howling wind.  The thought of getting cold, blown about and soaked by sea spray wasn't the most appealing when I'm just about to head off for six weeks of that in Alaska so we headed back to the slate quarries and had a nice few hours there.  Great to be out on real rock again and actually see the sun for the first time in ages! 

Cat seconding the classic Goose Creature E3 6a

We fly to Alaska on Monday, everything is turning into the usual last minute rush which seems to be par for the course for these trip no matter how organised I try to be!  It'll be great to get back out there again and fingers crossed for some good weather.  

My new Tendon ropes turned up today, I've been using the 60m version of these super skinny ropes for a couple of years now are have been really impressed with how well they have performed and still going strong after a couple of Scottish winters and a number alpine hits.  We'll also be taking their lightweight 8.9mm single line to Alaska along with a tag line to have all options covered (baggage permitting!).

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