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Back to Blogging again…….

Hello Folks

Now that winters drawing nearer and I’m not bouncing around the place quite so much, I’m going to try and keep my blog more up to date. (well see!)

I’ve just come back from a productive nine days out in El Chorro, I’ve also been setting routes down in Glasgow for the final round of the Scottish Tooling Series (with some mixed results, more on this later…) and even fitted in a couple of pre winter rock climbing days up in Gairloch.

A nice walk along the golf course beach

It was a joy to be back up in Gairloch again with Deziree, we had time to have some stunning walks on both beaches, an evening at the new Wall in Gairloch and dinner at the Old Inn. All very nice and some good memories form my time growing up there.

West Coast sunset from Bigsands

The next day saw us at Stone Valley, waking up in the van to subzero temps and almost not going climbing. By the afternoon we where down to t-shirts and rolled up trouser legs. The views and climbing where again just breath taking.

A view back out West from Stone Valley to Gairloch

We tackled some of the routes that we had not done before on the Stone Valley crag, ticking off: ‘Stone Diary’, HVS 5a,5b; ‘Inside Information, 5a,5a and finishing off with ‘Melting Pot E3 4c,5c. All great routes and all well deserving there only star!

The 5b pitch on Stone Diary, excellent friction climbing

I’ll write more and put up some Photo’s of El Chorro and the STS dry tooling finals over the next few days.

Deziree starting up the jamming pitch of 'Inside Information'

Off up to either the Mound, Moy or Silver Rock tomorrow, any of these will provide a day of pulling on potatoes glued into vertical concrete. Scottish bolt clipping at it’s best!

Top pitch of 'Melting Pot' E3 5c, now on really good holds!

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