I am starting this blog in the same way as many others.
I have not blogged in a while. The main reason Blogger was blocked at work ...
So recently I have been out and about a bit more.
I had my first trip to Dinas Cromlech. My goals were ambitious. I wanted to go cenotaph corner, cemetary gates and left wall in a day on my first visit. All classics and all at the top end of my trad ability.
I got there and we warmed up firing out cemetary gates no problem (partners lead). My lead Cenotaph corner looked wet and had a group on and a que was building. We decided to get out of the way and we did noahs warning as a multipitch which was another awesome route.
With the cromlech very busy and wet in places we sacked it and decided to go find james who was bouldering.
Next up we went to the slate as the grochan was wet and busy plus I love slate. I lead looning the tube it felt E1 5b to me so I will take that grade for it. Pretty happy with the lead as I felt confortable in an unconfortable situation.
I also had a day at LPT where I dropped the last move of under the broadwalk again ...
Other that that I have been repeating several HVS and E1s with no problem and generally climbing reasonably well.
Last weekend I was meant to head to spain for a riglos trip but the weather was not on our side so we stayed in the UK. I used this as an excuse to check out Beeston Tor a great crag but too far for a day trip? I lead the crux pitch of the Thorn. Amazing move on very steep ground with rock eating gear. I love limestone.
Sadly my cat Ceefa had to be put down which has effected my pretty badly. I only had him a few months and he was only 9 months old his sister was also hit by a car and is currently healing slowly.
Here is a picture of my cat take the day he was put down.Here is a picture of me and him months before.
My main issue now is I do not feel I am improving. I am stating to stagnate.
My bouldering is suffereing from my route climbing and my sport climbing is suffering for my trad focus.
I think I am trying to do too much.
I have not been injured in a long time now which has been my main reason/excuse for a lack of improvement. I think I need to really put more effort into another style of climbing.
I have been trying to climb at new crags. It forces you to grab new ticks and try different things. Holmfirth is always there but as I am now nearing completion of my goals I have nothing to achieve. Its nice training and gives a good work out but new ticks help my psyche.
So this blog was a bit pointless. I am just writing down the thoughts I had in my head. But I wrote it as I felt like writing. I wanted to have this to read. I have many things good and bad going on in my life so. I am using this to focus.
The question is what do I want to achieve? This year I knew I wanted to move back to trad climbing. This means a redevelopment of my mind. Sports climbing is hard but the mental side is not there for me I take lobs for fun on sports routes. Trad I like bould routes as they are easy ticks. Its a battle of the mind not the body. The training the mind takes time I have a history of deck outs which convinced me to a year of sport. I do not know what I want to focus on next year.
Maybe I should just go adventurous? Different wild venues not neccesarily climbing at my limit just wild situations.
See cliffs - pembroke, gogarth, Lundy?
Different places - Isle of man, Fairhead, ireland bouldering?
This may be the way to go?
Sorry if you read all this. I wrote it because I felt like writing not to say something.