Ski Movies 2011 Epic Wipeout Reel

We all enjoy the vicarious thrill of seeing someone having a spectacular wipeout skiing. Luckily the soft nature of most snow takes an awful lot of the impact out but the spraying sheets of white erupting from each impact make it seem even more energetic than it really is. Not in these crashes though! These are the unreleased minutes of mayhem from the making of One For the Road. Teton Gravity Research’s winter 2011-12 release. The yankee boys and girls in these clips talk abpout burly – that’s gnarly to you and me! There were quite a few broken bits to fix after this particular road trip with lots of smiles and macho bullshit afterwards. However I don’t much fancy my chances after tumbling down some of the rock slabs these loonies hit see...

A Short Winter Climb to Revive Jaded Spirits

A Short Winter Climb to Revive Jaded Spirits

After a night out in Penrith and with winter still having its icy grip on the Lake District; what better way to take advantage of a low pressure day than to grab a quick trip up one of the classic little ice climbs around Thirlmere.  I couldn’t track down anyone to come out to play, so it had to be something fairly easy going and quick to access.  This was clearly the excuse I needed to have a look at Launchy Ghyll.  This is one of those under rated mini classics that I’ve been meaning to get round to for years, but had always been tempted by higher places. Launchy Ghyll is rated grade III but is one of those amenable climbs that lulls you into thinking it will be perfectly OK for a quick morning solo.  As Launchy is an SSSI (Site of Special...

Santiago de Compostela- The End of Heather’s Camino

After 780km of walking, Heather has arrived at journey’s end.  The final day of the Camino was sadly let down by the weather.  After all the heat and the dust, just when you’d like a bright and colourful day; what does it do?  Tries to do an English Summer’s day!  Now that’s no way to treat a lady! Santiago and this is the last – probably! Well, I suppose you want me to write that there were bells, trumpets, full orchestra, banners, flags, dancing when I arrived in Santiago, don´t you! Let us first go the night which was OK apart from an Italian man a) snoring b) leaving his foot smell to waft around and c) already having got my back up by tending to the weedy female he was with who kept meeowing, a bit like a baby.  That is when she...

Belly Ache and Respect on the Camino

It’s hard to believe that the summer has passed by almost and Heather is actually on the last few laps of the walk.  I’m a couple of days late posting this so I’m hoping that the ominous silence in the email department isn’t the gutaches catching up with her. Pride Cometh Before a Fall Part Three Hi Everybody, I´ve fixed my walking sandals with superglue so they should be good for a few hundred more kms. Trainers are still going strong even with the bottoms not quite all there in one piece, so to speak. I had a wonderful moment today – as I said, The Camino is not now what it was as it´s now full of people having joined for the last 100 km.  I probably forgot to say as well that you have a credential which allows you to stay at the...

Galicia, And only 130km to Go on Heather’s Camino

Was working my fingers to the bone yesterday, but I finally managed to break away for a few photos and a bit of bouldering at Head End Quarry, as I build up an archive of climbing ropework video clips. It’s harder to get good vid of that than I imagined. Not really a one man show! Meanwhile Heather is definitely seeing the hills again and I think Galicia has rung her bells good and proper! Beautiful, Beautiful Galicia. Hola Todos, I realise I haven´t got anything funny to write about! Sorry! Yesterday I passed over into the last province, Galicia. Here there is a different language (brilliant, just when I´m getting to grips with Spanish) and beautiful mountains, completely different to any in Britain as they all seem to have vegetation. I have taken so many...

Albergues and not Quite Arguments on the Camino de Santiago

Finally got a sunny day on the rock yesterday (Sunday).  Should have been Wasdale and the joys of Scafell Crag, but never mind, it was sunny and the rock was dry.   Not quite as dry and sunny as northern Spain as Heather prepares to slip over the top of some hilly bits into Galicia.  It would seem her patience is being tested again!  Albergues and “not quite arguments” aren’t really what you’d  expect on the trek for spiritual peace that presumably motivated St James. Impatience – have I learned ANYTHING?? ´Why are you sleeping on the floor with the Italian scout troup, Heather´ Well, it´s like this…… Cherryll would understand – these things happen to her as well! Long story, let´s start at my arrival in Ponferrada...