Road tripping!

I think the road tripping life suites me! The routine is broken down into two distinct sections. Number 1; climbing days, number 2; rest days. Simples. Climbing days usually start at about 7:16 am, I wake up with hand sequences, foot sequences and body positions buzzing through my head from the day before. Drop near here, foot swap there, clip, chalk up, shake out, chalk up and inevitably fall off incredibly pumped. Any way first things first, out comes the newly acquired Kindle, I have read 8 books in the 4 weeks I have been tripping. That’s about as many books as I have read ever before. I read until breakfast. Breakfast is either pancakes, cereal, poached or fried eggs on toast and coffee (tea for Hannah). After breakfast more kindle.

The climbing times are predicted by weather, where we are and how sore the muscles are feeling. At present we are in Buoux and climbing is best in the afternoon. We head to the crag for 12 ish and climb until tired.

So far we have visited Fontainebleau, it was hot which inevitably meant some very early starts to try and find some good conditions. Whilst there I worked on a few long standing projects and visited some new areas. The highlight for me was my first visit to the area of Petit Bois. In my opinion this is a must visit.

Next to Chamonix where we met up with a good friend and chilled out in the Park at Gaillands. Climbed a few routes there including a quick onsight of a 7c which I cant remember the name of.

After Chamonix we drove to Ailfroide near Briancon for some bouldering. Ailfroide is an amazing place. It offers quality bouldering, single and huge multi pitch routes, some big alpine peaks and a brand spanking new really fun Via ferrata up a gorge above the river. I used to live and work pretty close to here so it was nice to revisit, felt like coming home. We played on the boulders for a few days and did the Via ferrata.

Next we visited Ceuse for one whole day! (Disgraceful I know, you will have to ask Hannah about that! I think it had something to do with the approach.) I climbed a few cool routes onsight.

We have also visited Sisteron, Orpierre, Volx and Annot.

Looking forward to Spain. More info to follow.

European Outdoor Film Tour

Check out the European Outdoor Film tour co sponsoured by Mammut.

They will be in Bristol on the 27th of November

Sunday 25th – Manchester

Monday 26th – Glasgow

Wednesday 28th – London check out their website.