Remember when you were younger and Summer vacation was 3 months long and seemed to go on forever? Even though I was pretty active as a kid I was always bored after a couple weeks. I always looked forward to school starting again. Maybe that's just because I am a nerd who has always enjoyed school but it was also before climbing was all I wanted to do. Now I feel completely the opposite...I just want more time to climb!
We had a great fortnight in Ireland with some amazing weather really. We started our trip at Fairhead, joining the masses of keen climbers on the Mountaineering Ireland Meet. The weather tended to be a bit misty and damp first thing but improved to give some beautiful sunny afternoons and evenings. We started with a classic three pitch E2 called Cúchulainn that involved various off-widths, corners, roofs and grooves. What a fantastic outing, all fairly strenuous and very different to limestone face climbing.
Apparently the Five Ten Chase has many uses, including Trial Bike. For those of you who dont know what Trial Bike is and think I just typoed "Trail", Wikipedia helps us out: "Bike trials is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground." Sounds like having a great grip on the soles of your shoes would be really important!
Thanks to all that showed up for the Colorado 5.10 shoe demos. We had a great time sharing the 5.10 brand with many excited climbers.
I had an unlucky event in Moscow two weeks ago. During the second edition of this year IFSC Speed World Cup, in the final round I fall off the wall doing a risky move. Competition was held on 14 meter wall, in classic format of that discipline, routes were quite hard, as for the speed competition. Finally I was 16th in Moscow.