Happy New Year everyone. Already its been a great year as far as I am concerned. On my last day in Spain on Thursday hours before I flew back to the UK I managed the first ascent of a new route at my secret crag....I know the crag as 45 Degrees.
The line was bolted by Mike Langley a few months back and is a route of two halfs. A steep powerful tufa start with a delicate rest point followed by a sustained 14 move sequence to the most perfect of finishing jugs via a very hard clip. As with most new lines they take longer than normal to get a sequence, mainly because you cant see any holds and combinded with the technical upper wall it actually took me 4 visits before I went for a lead. It all went nicely though and even clipping the hard clip from a tiny crimp with my elbow high felt enjoyable!!! Anyway Adios Sol 8b was a pretty satisfying first ascent with some proud moves and a hard tick for the grade......
Working Adios Sol 8b a few days before the first ascent and yes the tufa wall behind me is yet to be bolted.
The Christmas period was pretty busy and we have had people in the house all month. We now have a number of accomodation options available with a room for 2 in the house at 30 euros per night, a bunk bed room for 4 at 10 euros pppn or camping from 5 euros per night. We can also organise villas with beds from 2 to 12 and prices to fit most pockets.
John another ex pat now based in Switzerland spent Christmas with us and the weather was perfect all week. Christmas day on the beach was a real treat for the dogs.
And an ascent of Coasta Blanca on the Penon was a highlight for both of us.
Top of The Penon with John
Finally if you are down in London for the Outdoor Show at Excel you will be able to catch me and Kate on our stand. Come along for a chat about coaching or anything really and watch me get spanked at the BBC after zero plastic training!!
Here are our some of holiday dates for 2011 and thanks to everyone we have had the pleasure to meet and spend time with over the last year.
Mallorca Sport 20th to the 25th of Febuary
Antalya Sport 6th to 11th of November
Thailand and Malaysia Adventures Dec 2011 and Jan 2012
Check out Epic Adventures for more holidays and details on our available accomodation.