April Update

It's been a while since my last post and so I thought I'd write a short, brief post on my current status. 3 weeks ago now I believe I sprained/ruptured the A2 pulley in my ring finger on my right hand. Whilst climbing at BeBoulder in Widnes I ended up sticking a static move that was at my very limit, slipping and taking my entire weight on the tips of my outstretched index, middle and ring finger. As I stuck the move I heard the all too terrifying 'POP!' and immediately knew something was wrong - There was no initial pain per se but my ring fingertip began to tingle and it felt very, 'tweaky?'. 3 weeks on and although my finger is still sore and weak I've been H taping it and climbing Read more

Climbing in Fontainebleau!

Fontainebleau, the mecca of the bouldering community - a place I had always wanted to visit and finally got round to doing so this March! Clare, my Brother Chris and I took the pilgrimage to Fontainebleau on March the 7th 2015. We set off for Dover at around 4am on Saturday the 7th of March. Google maps suggested that the drive was around 4 and a half hours but we made good time and arrive at around 8am - our ferry was to depart at 10. We arrived in Dunkirk at around 1am where we then headed to Ghent and spent the first 2 days traveling and sightseeing in Belgium. It was a strange experience driving on the right hand side of the road but you pick it up fairly easily! Ghent was very Read more

Moel Siabod via Daear Ddu Ridge

On Saturday My Brother Chris and I decided to tackle Moel Siabod, one of the Eastern most peaks in Snowdonia (872 m/2,861 ft). There was no real reasoning behind why we decided to take on Moel Siabod, just that we read on UK Hill walking forums that the mountain was classed as a strenuous walk yet offered some impressive views and little in the way of traffic. After finishing breakfast from the famed Moel Siabod Cafe at around 10.30am we got ourselves prepared and set off. It wasn't long before we had tailed off route (neither of us are that talented when it comes to navigation!) and without a map we decided to switch on our GPS and check our position, we were at had headed to far Read more

Walking up Moel Famau

Today, Clare and myself decided to walk up Moel Famau in the Clwydian Range at the boundary of Flintshire. Although Moel Famau is the highest point in the Clwydian range it isn't technically a mountain as it only stands at 555 metres.   We set off at around 1.30pm unaware of the time it would take to get to the Jubilee tower or where it even was and what path to take for that matter - This is a very easy walk however and the large hill (as its not a mountain) has waypoints and colour coded paths to the summit. Beginning from Moel Famau car park on the small road just outside of Loggerheads, you need to follow the Purple arrows, with an easier option being marked by a purple Read more

Climbing at Penmaen Head, North Wales

Climbing at Penmaen Head Over the past couple of weeks Chris and myself have mainly spent our weekends practicing towards our SPA Assessment, this weekend however we decided to ditch our weekly routine and head east down the A55 and get back to basics with some good old sport climbing. Firstly we headed to Penmaen head. It's somewhere neither of us had climbed before and according to our guidebooks the grades looked ideal for the both of us, hovering around the f6's. For those who haven't been to the crag before, access is super easy and it's literally a 5 minute drive from Castle Inn. We warmed up on a route called Steak Slice, a short but enjoyable f5a. Climbing the route also put Read more

SPA Assessment Practice

Earlier this month my Brother and I finally bit the bullet and booked our SPA Assessments for mid February with JB Mountain Skills (http://www.jbmountainskills.co.uk/index.html). Although we have more than enough experience and logged climbs between us, booking the assessment has given us an extra kick up the backside to get out and really concentrate on the SPA Award syllabus and ensure we leave nothing to chance on the day. Rock Climbing at Clogwyn Cyrau   On Saturday, Chris and myself took Clare and our younger cousin Nick out to Cloggy Crag (Clogwyn Cyrau) with the idea of setting up a top rope and practicing our releasable abseils. Unfortunately we left it a bit too Read more

Bouldering at the Roaches

The final climb of the year! On December the 31st 2014, 4 of us headed west down the M56 for a day out at the Roaches. It was a chance to make use of my Christmas presents that I received from my beautiful girlfriend, Clare (Said gifts was a GoPro Hero 3+ and a Moon bouldering mat amongst many other things!). Although the weather was slightly wet and damp in Runcorn we decided to head out nevertheless and the BBC weather guide seemed promising, stating a dry yet cloudy day. The drive there was interesting, although I've been before (Climbing at the Roaches) I rely too heavily on my sat nav and before I knew it had entered the wrong postcode and ended up 45 minutes from the crag, in Macclesfield. We Read more