Sunday, 24 July 2011

welcome to kyrgystan

In 2008, Kyrsystan had a population of 5.2 million - there are probably a few more now.

Having sat on one's behind for the past 5.2 million hours we have finally arrived in Bishkek - the capital city - for one day as our journey to Muztag Ata continues.

We now have another 5.2 million hours ahead of us sitting on one's behind on a minibus as team Adventure Peaks pootle south.

For more information on the expedition click here.

Friday, 22 July 2011

don't think my kitbag is big enough

the isle of lewis

As the previous post indicated, we never had the most successful climbing trip in history.

It was the first time that either of us had been to the Isle of Lewis. 

By the time we had deciphered the guide book; found the correct geo; figured out where the abseil line was; figured out where the actual route goes; it was either time to go home or the rain had started. 

So, instead of having an impressive route list with multiple classics ticked, we have an impressive list of amazing bands who we (yes, catrin too!) bopped along to at the Heb Celt Fest 2011.

The 4 star classics were without a doubt the Peatbog Faeries who stole the show.  

Three star classics would have to include Seth Lakeman, Ahab, Manran and Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag

KT Tunstall could only be given 2 stars :)

So, if you plan climbing on the little isle of Lewis, take a surf board, a stack of dvd's to watch and be prepared to just go with the weather :) 

Combine it with a bit of damn good music and you will have a trip to remember.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

what to do on a rainy week

err ... not the most productive climbing trip we have had.

more to follow....

Sunday, 10 July 2011

a weekend of firsts

It's not often that the west is drier than the east, but it was this weekend.

It was Rose's first visit to Glencoe and I don't think it will be her last.

It was also Rose's first visit to the Kinghouse and I don't think it will be her last.

It was Rose's first visit to the famous Lagangarbh and I don't think it will be her last.

Di sat outside Lagangarbh in the evening sun without the annoying midgies and I do think it will be her last.

Friday, 8 July 2011

the lite version

If you find the full fat version a bit on the heavy side when it comes to mobile devices you need to think light.

As in the lite version.

To get the lite version you need to tap the following address into your mobile device, tap your heels three times, and say "I want the lite version".  Your fairy godmother will do the rest.

tubby shoes for tubby people?

I have just borrowed a pair of snow shoes from a friend for the imminent expedition.

Message to Mr Alan Halewood:  Are you trying to tell me something?

Please don't ask where I am going because, I genuinely don't know at this stage.  I know that it I'll probably have a thumping head, will probably get very familiar with the loo and will probably be craving anything green and fresh.

Monday, 4 July 2011

wobbly legs

You would think that after nearly 38 years I would know better....

never mix a bottle of champers, a plastic pint tumbler, a dance floor [with suitably tacky music] and a Di.

Yesterday, if I had my way, it would have involved a sofa, a bottle of coke, a bar of chocolate, a stack of DVD's and the remote control.

The weather had different plans and leaving it to the 12th hour, I wobbled my way into the corrie - no really, I did.

I'm sure it wasn't pretty, and I did refrain from barfing on the belay (just), but somehow I did actually manage to wobble my way up Magic Crack.

Adds a whole new dimension to climbing you know....