Training Makes The World Go Round!

Me on my project at Steall Hut crag

Recently I have been planning my summer, and trying to organize and cram as many trips into the sunny months as possible. While still fitting in some time to work on the farm and save money to fund these ventures.

Tweedley busting a move at Steall

Over the last month I have done some days on the trad and also a couple of sport days,while managing a few good ticks during these sessions. But mostly I have been training, both climbing indoors and out and loads and loads of cardio. In the next two months is when hopefully all this training will pay off.

Firstly its off to Steall Hut in Glen Nevis to get on my project and hopefully see some gains! Then to the Yorkshire limestone for a week for some bolt clipping action, and after this I’m off to the Barra Isles (Pabbay and Mingulay) for 10 days of immaculate trad climbing at one of my favorite venues. And if that all wasn’t enough, in July I’m off out to the French Alps to spend most of the month in the mountains (totally psyched).

Check out that view!!! Not a bad place to go sport climbing!

So during this time, I will try and keep my blog updated and fill you all in on my recent exploits. So watch this space and I hope you’ll enjoy what you read.

But for now I’ve got to run…….Literally!

Me Looking for friction on “Monkey Spanking”
Photo. Neil Carnegie
Last night, Adam Russell, Neil Carnegie and I headed to Cambusbarron for an evening rock session in the sun. We started off by doing the awesome boulder problem “Monkey Spanking” which ascends the steep slab with friction only foot holds.
Once we had done this Adam went onto do “Big Country Dreams” which is a classic E4 crack climb that is home to some spicy moves between ok rests. 
Ahhhh jug!
Photo. Neil Carnegie
Neil was trying a very technical E5 but decided to wait until next time to get on the sharp end. I decided to go for the flash on this route, but came off mid crux and as the light was almost gone I decided to wait until next time to have another go at the clean lead.
It was a fun evening, and it was good to be out on the rock.
Adam on “Big Country Dreams”
Photo Neil Carnegie


Today I headed up to Dunkeld (Fun-keld) with Ali Robb for some sport action in the beaming sunshine. I was keen to get back on the 7c+ “The Silk Purse” soon, as I had had a couple of goes on the route last week and was getting pretty close to ticking it.

After warming up and putting the clips in the route, I managed to get it on my first go, then Ali also got it straight after. So it was team sendage at the crag today and once we had done Silk Purse we went on to do some of the other routes for a bit of training.

All in all it was an awesome day in the sun and it was good to get some routes ticked.