Monday, 21 June 2010

Sunny London

Time seems to just fly by nowadays. Life just seems to be full of problems and challenges. Sometimes it feels that climbing is becoming harder and harder to fit in!! Cant be too bad though at least I am not in the England footie team and the sun is out in London.

My first update from the last few months starts with the CWIF. A fantastic event from the Climbing Works team. I managed to scrape and scrap my way into a 5th place which I was really pleased with as the field this year was big and I wasn't fit for bouldering.

Then followed the Sky Masters in Brum. Yet again another great event, yet again I put in an excellent time in the qualifiers but yet again I failed to build on my speed at this comp. It certainly is one of the toughest nuts to crack. Always great fun though and this year Epic Adventures had a stand there to showcase our holidays. Next year The Outdoors show comes to London in January and promises to be a bigger and better event.



The next day I headed back to Spain with Mike Langley (chief Castle Setter) with one intention in mind, bolting. After a weeks work we had bolted 11 lines from 6b+ to 8b+ but we only managed to get two ticked. The amazing tufa of "Sunshine" 7c and an unamed 7b from Mike.



Mike bolting steep rock.



Mike enjoying his unamed 7b

We also managed to squeeze in a trip to Bellus where I flashed the excellent and upside down "Slayer" 8a.



Mike just starting the crux on "Slayer" 8a

Finally I will leave you with a vid of me and an unamed 8b at Bellus. As far as I know this is the first ascent of the powerful and fun boulder problem with bolts.

F8b First Ascent, Bellus from Gaz Parry on Vimeo.

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