It's great to be back but I'm swamped with school work at uni. My sister and I returned from our Europe trip about a month ago an now I'm back in Waterloo for another term of Civil Engineering before I head off to another co-op job. The trip was amazing! At the beginning of the trip I was just beginning to make a recovery from a nasty finger injury. However, we started the trip off with a European youth series competition in Vienna, Austria. Just off the plane from Canada and we are already competing the next day! The...
Good journey day in Albarracin´s forest, trying the line that links two super classics like Manu and Ines Chakra boulders, this line was first climbed by Leah Crane, just 2 days ago I did the 4th ascent to this hard line. It was a good day in Albarracin, but we're still waiting for the cold wind, who bring the real grip.
Well, I do not have any exciting news this time… It has been a frustrating couple of weeks for me. All my preparations have been made, I know the pitches, the gear necessary and have stashed water for an ascent, yet unfortunately I have been lacking two vital things: a good enough weather and a climbing partner. There have been short windows of opportunity, and time when in retrospect I could maybe have climbed, but after my last experience I have been hesitant to start with a marginal forecast.
Yup, I've finally experienced my very first hiatus, my temporary separation from my rock, my girlfriend - climbing. The time spent away filled with hours and hours and hours of work stacked up like I never thought possible, with stress, with some mild success and namely excitement - and at times, of course, disappointment. My life realized as a physician in-training. What's worse? A separation would not be complete if not both physical and mental. I lost some desire to climb.
Check out this video of Five Ten sponsored athlete Adam Henry climbing at HorsePens 40 in the new Blackwing.
Between July and August 4 Portuguese climbers went to Pakistan to open new big wall routes in Charakusa Valley. During a year in which this country had the worst floods in the last 90 years, just reaching the mountain was a big adventure! Because of that they need to reorganize the expedition and open a new route in Karakorum.