Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Hot Rock - A Weekend in Chullila

Chulilla, a forgotten crag, lost in time, but with enough prestige for Brean Down's best route to be named as a tribute to it. It's been redeveloped lately, and following Glyn's epic trip, the Opinel visit continued, with a short & sharp trip from JT and Mr. Skelhon.

2am... Wake Up. Drive. Fly. Drive. Rain. Climb through caves. Get spanked on 7a+(+). Meet Locals. Drink beer with Locals. Give shoes to locals for 20euro resoling. Drink more beer. Promise to help locals build a new Refugio... Drive to resteraunt... eat Gourmet food served by pissed, happy, owner. Walk home... Midnight... SLEEP.

The Amazing Views of Sector Balcon and Oasis in the distance

Saturday was a pretty long day, and it rained, so we slept in, but not without to a trip to Sex Shop  (that's a crag), & it's classic 6c..and a night climb on a brilliant 6a+ underneath the Chulilla castle.

Modelling the new Guidebook

The next 2 days we were blessed with glorious sunshine, this allowed us to take to the shade in Oasis, and enjoy the long & varied climb on offer, tufas, pockets, edges, and with very little change from a 80m rope.

Sector Canaveral (Hot, even in December)
We climbed all day Monday, Drive. Fly. Drive. and before I know it it's 9am Tuesday and I'm sat in a meeting.

Chulilla. Proper cool. see you there in Spring.

Name Grade Style
Xevo 7a ** Lead O/S
Cap I Cua (P1) 7a Lead RP
La Diagonal (P1) 6c *** Lead O/S
La Fragonoide 6b+ ** Lead O/S
Nazgul 6b+ Lead RP
Norantau 6b Lead O/S
Palpa Pulpo palpa 6a+ Lead O/S
Mespiazo con tres cazos 5a Lead O/S

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Worthybrook Woodie

So, Jen and I have moved in together. We've gone full-on rural and are renting a farmhouse on the Wye Valley. There's plenty o' climbing around here, but there no' be many climbing walls around these ere' parts, somewhat essential as the winter draws in....

No matter, I've always dreamt of building a Woodie!

Lots of resources from Patty and manual labour from Segwin ensured a solid build....

So we did, over 4 days, filmed the whole thing, and condensed it in to a short, sweet, video.


Building Worthybook Woodie - In Less than 10 Minutes!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Not So (Lazy Days in the Summer Haze)

June has been a seriously good month for climbing. 

Four weeks of more or less wall-to-wall sun has lead to a completely unsustainable mix of late-night weekday sessions and packed weekends.

Early June demanded a day escaping the sun in 'The Gap' (Methyr Valley) which has a great selection of powerful sandstone 6b's - 7c. It gets the standard Welsh valleys graffiti / general disrespect from a minority of locals, however the place has cleaned up well with the burned out car and majority of glass removed - it's pretty pleasant these days. My personal favourite  was "Land of the Dinosaurs" which has been retrobolted from E3 to make a sustained 6b/+. "Encore Magnifique!" is also one to come back to at softish 7b+. 

The Gap - Looking Cleaner than before (Image belongs to SWMC Wiki)
The week after saw the arrival of Bez Beryl Edan Erusalimsky's flying visit to the UK. A mini Opinel reunion followed definitely partaking in the three core principals of 'Steak, Smokes, Banter' with the aid of our 'newfound purveyor of optical solutions' Tommy Segwin, and Glyn 'Energy' Hudson. A little help from the ladies also prevented Bath's Royal Victoria park from being completely trashed post-beer playtime.

Edan was taken back to his real homeland - South Wales - and a pleasant day in Tirpentyws ensued. The highlight being unlocking the sequence on a line-to-be (at about 7b), only to be cut short by a torrential downpour.

Scoping out a new line at Tirpentwys -  Snapped by the Chavwin
The week after took us to Portland, with a group of 12 of us staying in the Portland Bunkhouse, this was a great opportunity to catch up with Warwick, Bristol and Oxford friends, get roasted in the sun, and chill in an ex MoD bunker. The climbing wasn't half bad either, with a speedy ascent of England's Dreaming (7a+) (I first tried this in 2009 and have failed on many trips since!!) and some descent mileage. The sun perhaps got the better of me however, failing to climb Lazy Days in the Summer Haze, which I first O/S'd in 2009!! It was good to see Tom Jordan, Segwin and Charlotte climbing well, as well as Jen blasting the moves despite a wrecked finger - watch out all!

It was nice to see that most of the crag and access has been preserved despite the huge winter landslides.

Chillin in the Portland Sun - Reptile Smile Area

Charlotte using her trad skills on Cakewalk - 6a

Charlotte finishing "Cakewalk" classic and varied 6a

Portland is pretty, despite its rough reputation

Battling the sun on Reve d'un Corbeau (7a)

Jen enjoying the scenery from Reve d'un Corbeau (7a)
What looks like the last sunny week of the month was topped off with a chilled Saturday on Dartmoor with Jen and Rosie, followed by a Warwick descent on Cheddar South Side, with Chris Davis, Chankles Patty Pattinson, Segwin, Charlotte and Jen making a Sunday venture to Pig's hole. I started early with a send of my first 7c, the power enduro "Follow the Slick Red Road to Gdansk", this turned in to a 'send train' with a quick Skelhon 1st RP and a Flash by Chris Davis, then, out of the blue, Patty climbed his summer project "Straw Dogs", 8a+ in fine style.

Dartmoor Photoshoot Below!:

Aerobic Wall Traverse - Balance your way to V2

Little Prow (V2)

Latching Little Prow (V2)

Feeling the Heat.... Skin Graft Boulder - V4


Girls Enjoying the Easy Highballs

Shark's Fin

Rosie using all skin avaliable on 5c wall sit start, V4 6a/b.

Ticks in fine style, with only 10 days left on the South side!

Patty on "Follow the Slick Red Road" (7c) or "Straw Dogs" (8a+)
Chris Flashing Slick Red Road (7c)
Chavwin Making Quick Work of Slick Red Road

Thanks Segwin for lending me your camera after I rigged up and the battery ran out. I have some photos of you to come!

So that's a lot of climbing, not to mention a good trip to the recently bolted Avon New Quarry, including my very-nearly onsight and TJ's 1st RP of Paiste 2000 - 7a.

All in all, my UKC diary 10/23 days climbing so far in June, with Patty picking me up at 7:50am for yet another after work session....

....I best get some rest.

Climb nameGradeStylePartner(s)NotesDate Crag name
Ready and Waiting7a+ *Lead dnfChaz Mc'DeeY25/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
Bushmen Don't Surf6b **Lead O/SChaz Mc'DeeY25/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
No Crag for Old Men6b **Lead O/SChaz Mc'DeeY25/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
En Trend6b *Lead O/SChaz Mc'DeeY25/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
Scarred Mind7cLead dogDave PattinsonY24/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Sheer Lunacy7b *Lead dogDave PattinsonY24/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Follow the Slick Red Road (to Gdansk)7c *Lead RPJenniY22/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Loser's Choice6b **Lead O/SJenni-22/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Follow the Slick Red Road (to Gdansk)7c *Lead dogDave PattinsonY19/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Bitter and Twisted7bLead dogTom JordanY18/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
Paiste 20027a *Lead RPTom JordanY18/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
Bushmen Don't Surf6b **Lead O/STom JordanY18/Jun/14Avon Gorge (New...
Reve d'un Corbeau7a *Lead dogTom Jordan, JenniY15/Jun/14Battleship Main
Lazy Days and Summer Haze6a+ **Lead dnfTom Jordan, JenniY15/Jun/14Battleship Main
Margaret on the Guillotine6a **Lead O/STom Jordan, JenniY15/Jun/14Battleship Main
Reptile Smile6a+ ***Lead rptTom Jordan, JenniY14/Jun/14Blacknor North
Cake Walk6a *Lead O/STom Jordan, JenniY14/Jun/14Blacknor North
The Tea-Cake Path6bLead dnfTom Jordan, JenniY14/Jun/14Blacknor North
England's Dreaming7a+ ***Lead RPTom Jordan, JenniY14/Jun/14Blacknor North
One for the Money6a+ *Lead O/STom Jordan-12/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Follow the Slick Red Road (to Gdansk)7c *Lead dogTom JordanY12/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Follow the Slick Red Road (to Gdansk)7c *Lead dogDave PattinsonY10/Jun/14Cheddar Gorge South
Shrew5Lead O/SJenniY08/Jun/14Tirpentwys
Yank my Chain4Lead O/SJenniY08/Jun/14Tirpentwys
Paw Me4+Lead O/SJenni-08/Jun/14Tirpentwys
By deFault line5Lead O/SJenniY08/Jun/14Tirpentwys
The Cragmeister6b **Lead rptJenniY08/Jun/14Tirpentwys
Bluster6a+ *Lead O/STom Jordan, Jenni, Dave...-01/Jun/14The Gap
Fluster6a+ *Lead O/STom Jordan, Jenni, Dave...Y01/Jun/14The Gap
Land Of The Dinosaurs6bLead RPJenniY01/Jun/14The Gap
Pleasant Valley Sunday7a+ **Lead dogJenniY01/Jun/14The Gap
Encore! Magnifique!7b+ ***Lead dogJenniY01/Jun/14The Gap

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Escaping Spring: 3 Weeks in Kalymnos

I've been putting this post off. Basically because to cover 3 weeks of such packed-in fun in any detail would be a mammoth task. Instead here's a few of the most memorable moments, favourite photos,(many more on Facebook), and a route list. If you haven't been to Kaly, go, you won't be disappointed.

Fun things:

  • Getting hammered (by the rain) in a freak thunderstorm, and retreating to a cave just in time to watch Tom Jordan get soaked. Good effort on his part!
  •  Mopeds
  • Sharing a foot-long baby tuna.
  • Actually getting up something in Grande Grotta
  • Going fast on mopeds
  • Getting 3 people on a single moped
  • Getting a moped confiscated for putting 3 people on it.
  • Onsighting my first 7a, long overdue.
  • Belaying Tom get his first 7a
  • Belaying Jenni flashing 7a+ 
  • Watching Jonny put his finger up a kittens bum
  • Getting a fungal infection from a kitten.
  • Watching Patty attempt to get up pre-9am, and drink Greek coffee
  • Jonny and Patty's moped stunt gone wrong
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Taking a boat to Sikati
  • Ice cream
  • Sunsets with Jenni :)
  • Burvill's  unbreakable grin
  • A great group of 11!

Tick List:

Climb nameGradeStyle
Crag name
Kulturistika7b **Lead RPOdyssey
Polipitis7a+ ***Lead RPIliada
Sickle7a+ ***Lead RPKalydna
Island in the Sun7a+ ***Lead RPOdyssey
Adolfahaut7a+ ***Lead RPSecret Garden
Ballos7a+ ***Lead RPSecret Garden
Elizabeth7a+ ***Lead RPThe Beach
Aphrodite7a+ **Lead RPGrande Grotta
Chnosi Family7a ***Lead RPPanorama
Elefantenhimmel7a **Lead RPGrande Grotta
Ioli7a **Lead O/SThe Ghost Kitchen
Thimari7a **Lead RPThe Ghost Kitchen
Sam suffit7a *Lead RPSecret Garden
Satyros6c+ ***Lead RPOdyssey
Dafni6c+ ***Lead O/SThe Ghost Kitchen
Remember Wadi Rum6c ***Lead O/SThe Ghost Kitchen
Island Highway6c **Lead RPOdyssey  
Kaly Nikhla6b+ **Lead rptKalydna
Mikrotera Kalamarakia6b+ **Lead βOdyssey
Clyde6b+ *Lead O/SOdyssey
L'uomo che non credeva6b *Lead O/SAfternoon
Ekavi6a+ ***Lead O/SIliada
Poly Retsina No Good6a+ ***Lead O/SOdyssey
Gefahrliche Brandung6a ***Lead O/SKastelli
Piccolo diavolo6a **Lead O/SKastelli
Hocla6a **Lead O/SKastelli
Kalo Taxidi6a *Lead O/SAfternoon
Blu6a *Lead O/SAfternoon
Antilohos5+ **Lead O/SIliada
Gonegli kiz (Sunshine girl)5+ **Lead O/SKastelli
L'amico Ralph5+ *Lead O/SAfternoon
Elefantenhimmel P15 *Lead O/SGrande Grotta

A couple of photos:

Emporios, Super Chill
27th Birthday Present - Elizabeth 7a+
Tom on Ixion, classic 7a

Telendos at night

The whole group on the way to Sikati before the sea sickness set in!