Here is a nice little video put together by Mike Goldthorp of a passed climbing trip to the bouldering Mecca of Fontainbleau. Enjoy.
Mammut UK put together a great weekend on the 26th and 27th of January. There was a great day on Saturday with Masterclasses from the World lead champion Jakob Shubert and the world boulder champion Anna Stohr. The Mammut UK were also there to provide their own tips and tricks. Along with the master classes there were two cash prize routes, offering a cash reward for the person who got the highest. Altogether it was a great day and The Foundry climbing centre was packed. Thanks to all the staff there for hosting us.
On the Sunday we scoured the Peak for some dry rock. We started the day by trekking through deep wet slushy snow to Burbage west, where we discovered dripping wet rock and a bitter biting wind. The only dry rock we could find was the polished eliminate wall of Minus 10 at Stoney. We spent a few hours showing the champs this classic and historic venue, funnily enough they didn’t seem too impressed. I quite enjoyed my first visit to this wall and managed a few good eliminates including Sean’s problem. We then missioned it over to Curbar for some grit where we found the trackside boulder nicely drying in the chilly wind.
At the end of the day we parted company with some people heading for airports others for train stations and just a hard core few braving the elements to continue the search for dry rock. Seans arete was dry and provided some late afternoon fun.
Throughout the weekend the photographer Mike Hutton was on hand to take some photos. Thanks to him for that. Also thank you to Mammut UK for organising a great weekend, even though the weather didn’t play ball.
I stayed up in the Peak for Monday and the conditions in the morning were second to none. I managed to tick off three peak classics in as many hours. First up was Storm at Stanage. This is a problem that I have tried many times over the years but this session it went down smoothly in just a couple of goes. We then jumped on Brass monkeys and with some new beta showed to me by Ben and Nathan I managed it first go this year. Finally I climbed West side story in rapidly deteriorating conditions in several goes, the top out was a little spicy as there was a frozen puddle at the top.
Overall we had a great couple of days.