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After a long winter of skiing powder and difficult skimo conditions its been awesome to kick back and enjoy some sunny days in the shire… Devonshire that is. It was time to do some work and MOT my little van so I made the decision to scrap the last few weeks of the spring season to go back to the UK do some work in Devon for my Mum. Shes recently bought a church (!) and needed some help with painting some of the rooms so I’ve been busy with my brush and roller freshening it up.
With the good weather and long evenings its provided a good opportunity to keep up the rock climbing with multiple trips down to Anstey’s cove and a few days bouldering on Dartmoor. I’m starting to feel the benefits of getting out even just from the handful of times that I’ve had the chance, which is good!
Anstey’s Cove is a pretty special place with a huge range of climbs of all different types. DWS, Bouldering, scary Trad, easy Trad, and sport climbing of nearly all grades, what more could you ask for for a crag! Oh yer a nice beach? Yep got that too! I’ve been focusing on a classic 7c+ called Avenged which has eluded me in the past and alas continues to. More of a warm up route for most of the people hanging out down there these days it still feels quite tough for me. Its good to have something to aim for and hopefully I can get it sent before I head back to Chamonix next week.
I’m really looking forward to this summer in Cham especially the rock climbing. I really missed climbing last summer whilst I was in London so I’m ready to make the most of it when I get back. I’m also very excited about taking a trip to Kyrgyzstan with a good crew of folk this summer. Hopefully it will restart my greater range climbing with a more manageable trip. More details to come…
For now I leave you with some photos of the past few weeks.
Death Jug Mantle.. Britons toughest V1
Haytor to the left.
Classic Dartmoor bouldering.
The Long Traverse. My happy placein Devon.
The Mighty ferocity wall.. Too hard for me at the moment!
I’ll still have a go at the cider soak! (8a)
The Beach at the Cove. Good for a swim to cool off!
Mark Bullock havin a go at the utterly classic Empire of the sun (7b)
On the Long Traverse (VD).. The Rock is much better than it looks!!
Dave Ferguson on the Redpoint on The Cider Soak (8a)
On my Mums Church roof