23 Oct 2014

Injured and to think

Well its been a long time sense I have fallen off and injured my ankle. Safe to say its not been much fun. It happen about 5 weeks ago and just about able to start to walk on it. The Doc say its getting better and that the injured as heal up well. Still need a lot more work on physiotherapy to get back to where I was before falling. In the mean time have been doing the normal uni life getting assessments in and training on the fingerboard. Here are some photos of how the ankle has changed.

Where I fall off. Just at the top of the diagonal crack.
How it looked after 1 week with some great colours.
Foot after 5 week in a cast

Still a bit of swelling.
I have had a bit of time to think about what happen too. It was a bit of a stupid thing to be soloing a route that I had not done before or even not knowing the grade of. Its time to eat a bit of humble pie and start climbing within my limits. One thing that has got me is how will I be when I get back climbing on lead. Hoping that it will be all normal. But the last ground fall I take over 3 years ago take a year to get back climbing the same grade. Guess will just have to see about the psych is.

6 Oct 2014

First blue bird day this session for me!!!

First off what a great day!!! The first day out climbing this session that its been a blue bird day. Head out with Kate, Brodie and Ewan to Aonach Mor to do Golden Oldie. Getting to Nevis Range for the climbing gondola meet Alan Halewood with a client and Lou. Meant that trail breaking was going to be easily spread (thanx Alan). So walking in this time we could see that was what. And soon realis that what I thought we climbed as Golden Olden last time was not. The joy of finding routes in the clouds. This time we had Alan to point out that fechers to be looking for. So next time should be better. Walking was great banter. Make easy with tranc that we seemed to make for us all to walk in. Getting to the route Ewan and I decided to solo the route and if need be get the rope out. Ewan had it a bit harder with ski on his back and gave me something to laugh at. The climbing was great was not sad that I messed up the not climbing it last time. Did wish I had skis for the way off but waking off in the sunshine was amazing.



A long summer

So its been a long time seen I had posted on hire. Have a had a mad summer of working and advetour. And now back to uni and the Fort William rainy session. What would not be so bad if I was not broken with a done in ankle. To save on the writhing will do the it all in photos.

Sea life

Cave with a view

Etive Slabs

Etive Slabs

Buachaille Etive Mor 
Aonach Eagach 
Aonach Eagach 
Meall Dearg 
Aonach Eagach 

Sanna Bay

The wild life saying hi

There where to many good sunset!!

Hard days work

Booms Away

There was big fire

21 Mar 2014

Last day on Level 2

So Wednesday was the last day of are UKCC Level 2 training. Shame it was not as nice today as last week but this is Fort William after all. Had some great session form Andy and Rich. Learning a lot form one and other still. Got a great session on turing form Rich. That really got us all thinking about how to couch and how many out comes can come for one take/skill set. It will be good to put the couching skill to use after the easter brake. 

Rich keen for the day
Andy Wet after rolling up form a failed High Recovery and still happy

19 Mar 2014

Messy day on the Etive

Head out with a big group of us looking to get onto the Etive last Sunday. Getting there it was looking a bit high for Zeemon and Fiona. So they gave it a pass. That left Dave, Graeme, Kevin and me. It was looking like it was going to be a fun if full on run down for me. The top of Triple Fall was a big mess and not looking good in my small boat. So gave it a miss. The lads ran it and all make it look smooth. Getting into the pool of the last drop ran it clean and feet good. So headed back for a second go. This did not go as well. Did not make the line across the top of the drop and came done in the centre. This lead to be going for a swim and having to be rescue. It was a seen of thing to come.
Not wanting to leave the warm
Triple Fall
Graeme of safety
Next big thing to happen was Letterbox. Pretty much know that I was going to walk it at the level it was at. Did safety again for Dave and Kevin. They got thought clean and Dave in his new big boat just powered over the stopper.  Graeme was not as lucky and got a bit of a spanking. This lead to us becoming three and me getting a blood nose for a boat to the face. The banter was going well by now.
Kevin showing off the skills
Now I had Graeme's Dagger Nomad to play in. The rest of the river seem to go well. We walk Crack of Doom as it was looking meaty. Had to do some roll as I was doing some stupid thing. Then it seed to be at Right Angle and it was looking BIG. Dave head down first and seed to get lost in the run in in a stopper but got down ok. If a little side ways. Kevin head down and was good and had a roll at the bottom. Then it was me up. I try a thine line streat down the fall. It did not go so smoothy at the others. It ended up with me accidental free wheel off right angle and deck popping. So another swim it was. Thou this time a self rescue. So not at bad. Still a great day had even if it was a bit messy run at time.
Dave at the bottom of Right Angle
 Not a good idea to go of Right Angle sideways and on your knuckles