Oct 14 2013

BOOM. And then there was a wedding.

Category: Uncategorizedash @ 3:54 pm

Ah, that kicked ass.

There was a pig.  And space invaders.  There was the Final Countdown, complete with screaming guitar solo on kazoo.  There were many people, lots of beer drunk, some fantastic food eaten, and lots of catching up.  A man married us with tales of Winnie the Pooh, pizzas and Mexican waves in the chapel.  Somehow we managed to fit 173 people into a space for 80.  That was good.  Oh, and colour.  A LOT of that.

But mostly there was Becky Wood.  Well, Becky Green now.  But still Becky Wood as well.

Life kicks ass.


Jan 14 2012

Ok, it’s been a while.

Category: homeash @ 8:43 pm

And probably lots of people who follow this (in a very loose way!) have forgotten about this Blog.  I haven’t, and keep meaning to update, but seconds in the day have gone.

To rapidly sum up, I’ve got me a lady friend.  Not “A”, but the I reckon.  Life has certainly become a lot more hectic since Becky Wood arrived on the scene, but all of a sudden life is making a lot more sense, and I’m oozing happyness in a rather filthy way.

Who is she?  A long-distance running paramedic with a climbing fetish, a desire to spin poi and a real passion for life.  What’s she like?  Well, you’ll have to see for yourself, but to me a prowling lioness with a hell of a spark in her eye.

In the past few months since we got together we’ve moved in together, met the parents, been to Norway, seen Levellers, Merry Hell & Primus, climbed all over the place, walked in many other places and done some Winter Mountaineering.  She’s also been to the Jungle for 3 weeks, Graduated (no, not THAT young!) and got a new job.  This year brings many things, including us going to Oz for Rich’s wedding to Em in Oct.

I’m determined to update this Blog more, but it’s a time thing!  Off to Greenland on a Sea Kayaking trip this summer as a recce trip for a future one, plus organising a trip to Austria next year, and Greenland mountaineering in 2015 with a training trip in 2014.  Oh, and Hardman’s booked me to help with Red Rose in 2014, so that’s going to be a busy one!

If you’ve not met herself yet, please get in touch.  It obviously means that I’ve been crap and neglected to see you recently, which obviously needs to be rectified!

Oct 16 2011

New website

Category: Uncategorizedash @ 5:28 pm

There was all this hacking business.  Email been a bit wierd.  New server with Nige, but service is a little strained at the mo ….

Sep 14 2011

Grinning like a fool

Category: homeash @ 10:19 pm

Aug 19 2011

You shuold go follow this. Robert Rankin is getting colourful.

Category: Uncategorizedash @ 2:24 pm

Robert Rankin is to blame for many things. The sprouts for example.  And my warping.  This is his online comic!

Aug 08 2011

Alps 2011

Category: Mountaineering,Scoutingash @ 4:03 pm

Recently back from 2 weeks in the Saastal valley, Switzerland, just round from the Zermatt valley that has the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa set in it.
Excellent trip, good people (about 16 of us), much fun had. Met some new Scouting friends from West Sussex, bumped into a variety of people from universities and climbing walls whilst out there, and had a jolly good time in all, if a little pricey.

Vague itinerary went along the lines of fly to Geneva, eat food, see live music, sleep.
Travel to campsite, drink beer, chill out, sleep.
Do glacial training with british mountain guide – didn’t learn a massive amount of new things but was very useful to be assured that we’re doing the right things. Played with some toys & broke the guides new Petzl crevasse rescue doofer. Long live the prussik.
In order to acclimatise, me and Matt next walked up to the Alghameller hutte & did the traverse of the Dri Hornli in an afternoon, then to follow it with a small jaunt up the Portjagenhorn. A mere trifle of a route, the description covered 2 pages of small writing in the guidebook and had the suffix (9-10 hrs). We managed to survive, although were beset with minor issues like:

  1. We left the guidebook in the hostel, and only realised 1.5hrs after setting off when we got to the start of the route at 6am.  Managed to get txt’d instructions from Popey several hours in.
  2. The weather was ming
  3. We weren’t acclimatised at all & had some breathing/fitness issues to get over.  Plus I needed to have a dump and Matt did a small amount of coughing up blood.  Mmmm.
  4. Quite a bit of the consolidated snow on the top (as opposed to the snow that was falling on us for a good chunk of the route) was falling to bits.  And as some of it was above several hundred feet of nothing, it made it tricky.
  5. having to deal with moves of probably Severe/Hard Severe in big boots on wet slippy rock.
  6. Lots of variation in route meaning some was pitched, some was moving together.  Matt reckoned around 10 50m pitches, plus a good many hours of moving together, plus an abseil in there too.

All in all then, a good day out.  The fact it was ming helped as we could’t see the massive drop to the Eastern side of us, however it meant we didn’t get any foties.  A great day out, but we were – and we recognised that we were – exceedingly lucky. 

Warning.  Do not do this at home.

We were a little destroyed after this day.  I think the next day we worked on routes at Feechi – a crag just round the corner from the campsite (300m!).  Met a lass who works at Awesome Walls there with her mates.

Next day was a Via Ferrata up the Mittagelhorn (or similar).  A lift up, 1.5 hr round, then 2hrs up in a snowstorm that came from nowwhere, then 2hrs off.  Good fun, shame about the lack of views again.  About 8 of us on that, a good day out.

Somewhere around here was a mass tresspass up the Allelinhorn.  A few parties of ours hadn’t managed to get up anything due to weather/acclimitisation so we figured it’d be a good reason to get them out having fun.  We got the lift, then another, then a train, and popped out of the mountain a LONG way up.  Geared up & then headed up to the top – with the strains of “Tainted Love” and other throwback tunes coming from the pisted area where the children-of-many-colours were sliding around on fat planks.  Or possibly phat planks.

After this … more climbing was had, but managed to trip up in the middle of town & remove most of one palm and bits of another.  Help from Jacob and DaveD in the bogs of the Dom managed to remove all grit & cut off the flappy bits of skin, and then bind my hands enough to prevent escape of too much blood.  Called the Dr & AndyM got me over there, got patched up & returned back with a dented  sense of pride.

Sporting this new injury, I didn’t want to loose any days, so suggested to some of our guys the idea of going round to Zermatt for the day.  Didn’t quite realise the cost of this (around £50 for the day … it’s a long way), but then got the cable car up & spent the day walking on the flanks of the Matterhorn going “OoooOOoooh”.  Chuffin big hill.

Think I had a day off next, but that involved walking from Saas Grund to Saas Almagell to Saas Fee and back.  Spotted a couple of new crags and had a chat with a few people climbing on there.  That was around 1st August, which was the Swiss National day.  Took Popey, Docherty, Stu, Bainbo and Bent up to Saas Fee to see an 8 part yodelling group, 6 part alpenhorn, marching band and similar things.  an excellent night, completed by staggering down the now un-lit shortcut path from Fee to Grund, and didn’t die.

Next day, decided that with gloves on I could probably do VF (or Via Ferrata).  Had a Drs appt to get my hands sorted out, so DaveD and Popey headed on up to the Jagerhorn whilst I went the Drs, then I motored as fast as possible to catch them up.  Meant that a normal 7-8 hr route had me stood at teh top after 2.5 hours, just catching them up after overtaking a lead of people on easy ground.  Not the most straightforward route though, including 90m of suspended wire bridge with around 100m drop, then a 15m suspended scramble then, then exposed VF/Climbing to the top.  Amazing route though. 

So much so, that after a rest that afternoon I took a group up the following day with Geoff.  Excellent day, everyone really enjoyed it (and Julie made proper noises), though we did slightly get caught in an alpine thunderstorm.

After that, beers were had, curry was eaten (again), and fun was had by all. 

Top trip.

Aug 08 2011

I survived Redefest 2011 …

Category: home,Musicash @ 2:30 pm

For the first time since … well, ever, I managed to make it to Redefest, a festival run by a load of mates who live up in Northumbria in the Rede valley. According to local lore, this has been happening for several years & has been attracting people in their thousands.
However, there was a bit of wet this last saturday. I realised I could make it after coming back from the Alps & going to Hors & Laurens wedding on the friday, so drove up to sams late on the Friday. Had some beers, and volunteered my help to be told I had a 4-5 shift on the car park.
Sat am came, and so headed on down after visiting Claire and Rick to generally help out with stuff. Put up lighting, made some signs, constructed a car park … all good things. Oh, and helped Dav build the bar *ahem*.
Then came the rain. Within a couple of hours the car park was so sodden we were pushing every car out & it was starting to get everywhere. Numbers dwindled right off, the water got too close to teh PA, calls were made and unfortunatly the decision had to be taken to pull the event, for the safety of everyone. It was getting heavier, and although everyone was smiling and having fun, it was starting to turn into a problem – which was a real shame given the time and commitment that had obviously been put into the planning.
Most people had gone by about 8, so we did what we could to finish the opened barrels of beer, did some tidying, played some music and managed to get back to sams place, where there were a million Kellies and Reddings. Did some sleeping, then after helping deconstruct the place for a bit on Sunday headed back home via Clare O’s new place in Kendal. All very tired now.

Jul 05 2011

Another Merry Hill vid …

Category: Uncategorizedash @ 7:20 am

Although I managed to miss teh Haigh hall gig last week, someone else made it, with a videoy thing. Here’s their doins.


Jul 04 2011

The North East

Category: home,Mountaineeringash @ 10:06 pm

Its been a busy old year.

Belgium, Scotland, Scouting things left right and centre … kinda copy & paste from previous years but now I’ve got rid of the TV and am trying to embrace Windows Media Centre. Kinda working, albeit slowly.

Anyway, been off to Northumbria recently, doing some climbing with Sam and Ellie, as well as catching up with Ric and the Charlton, & seeing the Joneses.

We went to Crag lough, and I fought my way up a sod of a HVS. Well, after falling on it once. Obviosuly need to work on my layback technique. However, Sam provided educational skills, and Ellie showed us just how much she enjoys three starred Severe routes. Bear with it, there’s about 8 mins of vid!

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It’s a playlist … if it just plays once then click on it to embiggen & it should load the next one automagically.

There’s some pics too … 3701

Apr 30 2011

A million things, but mostly Merry Hell.

Category: Musicash @ 11:58 pm

Been meaning to write for ages, about Tom going abroad to not get blown up, me climbing all over the place and regularly nailing HVS leads again now, fun things like the Gathering and similar, but the thing that’s got me to here is the Merry Hell gig that I’ve just been to.
Think Tansads. But (as Oz pointed out) it’s like Tansads but at our age. Think reaching for a cup of tea at the end of the set rather than another beer 😉
The new stuff is excellent. Some bloody good vocal gymnastics – the new lasses voice is bob on and Andrews is as good as it was on the last album. Great new songs, only a couple of weakish ones, the rest rocked impressively. A bit more folky than Tansads, but very comparible. Well, there are 5 members still on stage!
They announced another gig in Wigan sometime in July – keep an eye on the Facebook page. Think I’m busy then but will shift what I can.
People – I can strongly recommend this. You won’t be disappointed.

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