I am writing this blog from my friend Pierre Mullers chalet in Briancon after my first day boarding this year.
After some fantastic days on Grit over the last week or so where i managed to tick Western Eyes 7c+ as a warm up, it was off up to Climb Newcastle for a two day team training session. Andy Earls new wall is in Byker otherwise known as The Grove which is an experience in itself. The new wall is based in Bykers old swimming pool, sans water and with the problems set by Andy and Springer it provided us with an excellent weekends worth of climbing.
After the fun of Newcastle it was back down to Barnsley and in the morning with a packed van and horse trailer (with horse) we set off to Spain. Me, Kate and Joe (the horse) headed for Fontainebleau all excited about the forest only to discover the weather was rubbish. We continued on to Grenoble to visit a friend from the comps circuit, Maud Ansade, where Joe spent the night in the back garden with about 2ft of snow. The next day we left for Briancon where we will stay until the 26th for some fun in the snow.
Now you may think why the hell are the driving around europe in winter with a horse. Well we are actually on the way to Spain to look after The Orange House, and as we will be there until May we thought the horse could come too!