Wednesday, 5 December 2007


The last three weeks I have been taking part in 'fun' comps

The first of these was the EICA round of the East verses West comps. The setting was supposedly easier than the previous round but I was in full shambles mode so the problems felt Really hard. Thankfully I wasn't the only one struggling that day so I managed to shake my way to a perfect score.

The second of these was the Plywood Masters at BoulderUK

This comp was excellent as ever, with a great mix of technical, novelty and power problems. The qualifier went badly for me (a bit of an running theme), but I somehow managed to sneak into the final in 7th place. After being fully shut down on every problem, I managed to convert this to a stunning (yup you guessed it) 7th place

Last was round 2 of Alien Rocks winter bouldering series. The problems were of the highest quality and this more than makes up for the lack of difficulty (three of us had perfect scores). Hopefully all the setters will keep up the good work with the next round.

Thursday, 22 November 2007

Deadly Strain

Due to my weakened physical state (after my food poisoning incident), I thought that I had succumbed to this dreadful cold that everyone on the planet seems to have.

The symptoms definately seemed to fit, whilst walking up to problem 1 in Brno I felt ok (aside from the usual nerves), but once I had pulled on, it was immediately apparent that I had no power. I topped the problem (it wasn't very hard!) in horrible shaky style and immediatly started to sweat. I had a total nightmare on the following five blocs, barely managing to scrape any bonuses together and feeling horribly ill.

Once back in Edinburgh I assumed that I would soon start feeling better, but I was wrong. I don't have a cold at all but have caught the deadliest strain of the shambles virus.

Be afraid! The shambles virus is highly contagious, even observing someone elses shambolic floundering on the wall is enough for you to become infected. Even last night, an unsuspecting Niall forgot to avert his eyes whilst I was flapping around and then he too immediately started to display the same symptoms.

If you are unlucky enough to be near me next time I am bouldering, be sure to look the other way.

You have been warned

Friday, 2 November 2007

Font Rocks

Just back from a great two week trip to Font where, after years of trying, I have finally managed to do my first Font 8as. The first being Verdict at Cuvier Rempart (which really suited me as it is crimpy as hell and a little bit campusy).

The second took a lot of tries and a lot of different approaches, until I finally managed to send Fata Morgana by using a high heel (see below).

All in all it was a great trip with Anna managing her first 7as (her first in the forest that is), despite being so psyched as to climb 14 days straight.