The Scottish summer continues to be mostly wet and I am fighting hard to be fit and strong for my first big trip of 2012: the honeymoon/climbing road trip from Rumney and the New and Red River Gorges. I simply cannot wait!
I have still been getting out on rock far too infrequently for my liking, work and other commitments remain high on the agenda but things are switching in the right direction. My work days are also the hard training days.
Perhaps inspired by the recent London Olympics, I have been putting a lot of effort in to a plan I put together involving a clearly defined set of goals for each and every session. It has been really rewarding and motivating to come away from the sessions having ticked the next goal up the chain. If I miss a target it drives me harder in the next session. Progress is often hard to gauge in climbing but I feel a lot stronger and fitter than I have at any point in the last 12 months. I will write more about this in my personal blog soon.
The best of the outdoor action of late has been concentrated on the boulders and I was lucky that the 2 best days we have had all summer coincided (for once) with my days off. My wife and I hit the road in our van for the Thirlstane (a weird beach-side tube of Sandstone) and Sandyhills both in South West Scotland where we both had a great time ticking a few great problems. The video is of me repeating the hardest problem at Sandyhills (though not with the original eliminate beta).
Helen climbed her first Font 7A too. So psyched for her! Another video of the weekend can be seen on my Vimeo page.