Friday, 25 May 2012

Giveaway Project of the Month - May

Having spent a fair amount of time (during those few instances when in climbing mode anyway) on highball projects lately, I thought I'd pass some on..

This baby is a suitable height with an okay landing and a reasonable short walk-in.The, ah, obvious seepage issues shouldn't effect a summer ascent (this was taken in November). You could lead on it as there are cracks,   but pads would make it nicely exciting. Its located on the old miners path into the quarries from Nant Peris, the high one, not the tourist drive through, and is visible from the car as you're treking off to the pass. Nowt too tricky, but a slopey topout.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Hosey's Crack?

Now I know. I'm supposed to be laying off the projects, doing more classics, finishing off the Beast, sending the Shed f8 project*


Its great to be hanging by my feet again, and bouldering projects are a bit like glue sniffing, easily accessable and highly addictive. Although so far, I haven't got all spotty or choked on my own vomit.

It probably isn't going to be cutting edge, but Damn its fun.

watch this space

*keeping it clean, dragging the kit all the way up the hill, watching conditions, getting proper fit, like really proper fit. Or taking out a brush and a pad......

Friday, 4 May 2012

Return to Mymbyr

All this reminiscing led me on Thursday  to don wellies and stomp back up the hill to photo some stuff and try something new. It was really good to feel unfit (the stomp) and also to see these problems were still pretty cool.
Mighty 'Tashe From Left

Mighty 'Tashe From Right

 Front View with Pad for Comparison

The Central Arete (The Snip F6A) went as a sitter with hands in the crack and gives some nifty finger locks, Imhotep F6B+ starts from a sitter on a side pull and a sloper on the ramp at the back of the roof (where dark meets light).

I Then went to revisit an area I explored with Fraser in 2009. This undisclosed location was due for some joint development between Team Ball and Myself. However the kids have yet to embrace the slog up the hill yet.

I couldn't resist pulling my boots on:

This is Man like Me, about F6B and goes from a sitter with feet on the block on the bottom, and hands clamping, more clamping proceeds until a lunge for the sloping lip leads to a big swing and a top out.

More details to come in the future.