Here a list of my 5 favorite pieces of gear from the summer so far. Things that have made my life easier, or more comfortable.
Petzl Sitta Harness
The Petzl Sitta has been a big surprise for me. Its super comfy, yet light weight and easy to pack in the rucksack. Enough gear loops for trad climbing and perfect for sport. It works for nearly all my climbing and I don’t need to worry about choosing the right harness for the job as I know it will work for me. Check it out on the EpicTV Shop here.
DMM Pivot Belay Device
It’s surprisingly hard to find the perfect belay plate but I’m pretty close with the DMM Pivot. Easy to use in guide mode and very smooth for giving out rope and abseiling. Great stuff from the welsh manufactures. Check it out here.
With the summer well and truly underway and after an abysmally rainy June it feels pretty good to get some short easy alpine routes and a tone of good rock climbing done. With the British Guides Summer assessment looming in September I’ve been trying to focus on getting back on the rock to practice the skills we need to pass the test, namely rescues, short roping and navigation. This means that my personal objectives have fallen by the wayside, but it’s OK because I was mentally prepared for this situation when I started the scheme last year. Soon I’ll be heading back to north wales to practice more in the appropriate environment and get my head back in the trad game! It’s going to be awesome!
Hopefully I can have one last jaunt into the big hills to propel me in to the summer in wales. Fingers crossed for the weather!
Here’s some shots from the summer so far.
Walking to the Trient hut
Cosmiques Arete at the Start of the Summer
Joel up near Brevent.
Ben O’connor Croft on Squaters de lune.
Ross and Ben on the perrons
Irene with the Grande Combin
Above the Trient Hut with Irene
LEaving the hut at sunrise
Fun Short scrambleto the summit of the Aiguille du Tour.
Irene on the Summit of the Aguille du tour.
The Other summit of the Aiguille du tour