Monday, 15 June 2009
Friday, 12 June 2009
What's up everyone? Yesterday I was at the anvil which means I had 2 days sport climbing on the trot. Was out out with Nic, Ben, Stew and Dave Redpath. Obviously with so much clipping and hanging on a rope I was bit spiritually a-miss and went back to my comfort zone of bouldering!
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
Had a busy week or so cruising around Scotland in a Ford Ka. The weather was a bit mixed but we had a good time doing some touristy and some not so touristy things. Mostly just driving around but tried to stop as much as possible... Here's some pics that I didn't put on flickr.
Driving up the North East coast didn't have much rock to distract me from driving. Stopped in Helmsdale for some trifle and chocolate mouse made by Cath's mum.
We went to Orkney. Here's Cath at Skara Brae. She found cows more interesting than the 5000 year old settlement.
Neanderthals can't grade for shit.There was one missing.
After Orkney we drove along the north coast for a bit. Stopping here to work on my handstand. Still not quite getting it.
Impressive Smoo Cave would make an amazing sport crag... Bit ming tho.
Made it to the bloodstone for a quick boulder.
And on to this place.
I liked Sandwood bay. It's just massive. There's a line in Stone Country guide, 'even the most dedicated boulderer might be distracted by grander things!' and I was determined to not get distracted.
Some excellent rock here, enough to keep me occupied for a day. The best thing about the place is simply exploring the Geos and crags. I remember at one point just running the length of an empty bay as fast as I could for no real reason. Maybe did get distracted a bit. Could describe more of the climbing but the best bit is exploring yourself so not going to.
I loved the waves here. The sun was setting and back lit the crests giving them an amazing green-blue colour. Camera doesn't do it justice.