With a 12 month road trip on the horizon, we decided to get some time in on the UK crags. The first - a 10 day trip up to Malham - which turned out to be one of the best trips I have ever been on. The place, the climbing, the people, the psyche, living out of the van, living the simple life style - bliss. These are the reasons why I climb.
I've avoided Malham for the last 6 years (as long as I have been climbing!) due to the historic nature of how hard it is and because I never thought of myself as being good enough. I think I was right to leave it so long, as I got the chance to complete some amazing routes and meet some phenominal and inspirational people.
The routes I did were amazing, each and every one of them, on good rock with absorbing moves. The ones that stood out for me over the ten days were "Just another Dead End Job" F7a & "Bongo Fury" 7b - both because of the moves involved. The first had a hard start on side pulls, after lots of gurning and puffing, it's a satisfying first couple of clips. The latter route, because of the moves at the top, from gaston to gaston on poor feet. Alot of people tell you to breathe whilst climbing, if you breathe at the top of this - your off!
We spent the majority of the time at Malham, however we did managed a couple of days at Kilnsey, which sadly coincided with my rest days, it is an amzing crag and the cafe down the road also does an amzing fry up (hmmm probably why both days turned into rest days!).
Whilst at Malham we got to watch som amazing climbers, including Robbie Phillips and Dave Barran's. I'd recommend Malham to anyone wanting a physical challange and a memorable experience.
I've been busy working in London this week so I managed to get to the Westway and the Arch. The Arch has an amazing roof which got the biceps pumping, albeit it for not very long!
The end of the year is fast appraoching, which means the road trip is on the horizon! The plan until then is to carry on training (tendon dependant), get back to Malham then hopefully have an awesome grit season - hmmm best get my sloper training started! Bring on the cold weather!
Happy Climbing !