Monthly archive for December2008

Waxing Crescent

After a long, long sleep I awoke in the forest greeted by blue skies and what looked like perfect conditions. There was frost on the ground and the sun was resplendent. My first day was looking like it might be the perfect start to the…

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Goodbye, Bonjour!

After returning from Switzerland I was determined to get out on the grit before leaving once again for France. I genuinely enjoy grit climbing but for certain things the conditions can be so fickle that it makes it a frustrating experience. After many days eating…

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BBB

I’ve just made a short clip featuring 3 problems from Switzerland, with one from Brione, Cresciano, and Chironico. It’s only a short cut that shows the main meat, but not the surrounding vegetables and side dishes. You get a sample, but not the true flavour….

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Home?

I woke up to leave Switzerland and found my car was snowed in. After 30 minutes of digging the car was free but the roads were horrific and I had zero chance of escaping the clutches of Bellinzona. I drank some tea, watched the snow…

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Fight or Flight

Today was the last day. I’d admitted to myself that I would be driving to Brione for the last time, walking up there for the last time, and walking down with both my pads, which had begun to put roots down under Amber. I did…

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The Straw

Another day, another drive, another snow filled walk, and another failure. I really thought conditions would be primo today, and in fact, they were. The only problem was that one of the crucial holds had gotten wet since yesterday. I genuinely couldn’t believe it. Every…

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If you find it, call us

Today it clicked. I’m no longer battling against being able to climb Amber in terms of my rock climbing ability and the physical difficulty of that piece of rock. I’ve now walked up there to clean snow from Amber more times than I have been…

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House of Panic!

Yesterday approximately 12 inches (30cm) of snow fell outside our house which is in the village of Cresciano. I watched as it fell from the moment I woke up until nearly the moment I fell asleep. It took it’s toll around us, with my car…

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