2. plot on maps (most definitely plural) the route of the PDG
4. get some fresh air, go to monster trails in moray and have a flabby day out
It's not until you have to carry out a proper 'boy' clean on the bike you start to question your cleaning abilities. Strangely enough, I have never thought about tumble drying, ironing or eating a bike - until today.
5. start praying to the weather Gods for some snow so I can start skinning.
When I got my appendix removed, it took me 2 days before I was doing a winter traverse of Liathach.
When I got my knee operated on, it took me 4 weeks before I was brave enough to ice climb on it.
When I hit a deer and broke my ankle when on the motorbike, it took me about 2 weeks before I was back climbing.
When I bust my knee, for the second time, I had 12 hours rest before climbing the North Face of the Jorrasses.
Derek & Di spent all weekend clipping bolts on home turf and its slightly ironic that on the easiest route of the 2 days - the "warm down" - Di missed the clip and lobbed rather impressively onto a ledge.
Had to properly pull up the man suit to get off the hill - and here's me thinking that clip sticks are used for clipping bolts.....
After 4 hours at A&E getting 2 suspected fractured ankles x-rayed, I was given the all clear.
The down side about having a climbing trip with only one other person, is that you rarely get any good climbing pictures.
All climbers bums look big when photoing from below - even those who survive on one celery stick a week. And trust me, there are a few of them around this mini break. So, what chance have we got - I felt guilty eating a tiny haribo sweet at the crag today.
Along with Mr & Mrs celery Stick, one of the other main climbing group around this week, is Mr & Mrs Beautiful - perfectly honed bodies with muscles on muscles and perfect tans. Once again, what chance have we got, being pastie white from the North of Scotland where we only expose our legs to the sun about 2 days a year?
I might just stick to putting pathetic chameleons on my blog.