Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Last Year 2016 - 2017 ... Sorry for the Silence!

I must admit, I have been pretty useless at updating this blog over the last year. Not because I haven't done anything though! It's been a busy year with a lot going on. So I will give a quick 'Photo/Caption' of what I've been up to over the last year with more detailed, individual posts to follow soon!

October 2016 - Columbia's Director of Toughness Interview, Isle of Skye

57 hours, 1300 mile round trip, 30 hours of driving and 1 day on the Isle of Skye. So totally worth it! Even though I didn't get the job...

Looking over to the Trotternish Ridge from the Prison on the Quairing

Watch the final edit of the UK Interview HERE. I'm in the Yellow :)

The Hot Seat. Interviews being conducted on the Isle of Skye.

January 2017 - Skiing Corn Du, Brecon Beacons

Between breakfast and dinner, I was able to leave home, go skiing and pop into my mum's for a cuppa on the way home. The weather was pretty wild and navigation made tricky but I still managed to drop a cornice and ski from the summit of Corn Du back to Storey Arms car park.

March 2017 - La Grave & Ecrins Skiing

Looking down the Grand Triffide Couloir in La Grave. A classic steep descent of La Grave.

The Middle Triffide Couloir in La Grave. Steeper than the Grand Triffide and a whole lot more fun. Another classic of the area.

Skiing La Balme Summit couloir in Serre Chevalier.

Skiing the classic Itinerary of Serre Chevalier: Montagnolle.

Ski Touring in the Ecrins Massif.

March 2017 - Outlook Expeditions Training Weekend, Brecon Beacons

Leading my team for Borneo in the Brecon Beacons. Their training consisted of what to expect on expedition, personal admin and team bonding.

April 2017 - Single Pitch Award Assessment Preparation, Dartmoor

Ticking off routes at Sheeps Tor on Dartmoor.

More route ticking at Haytor on Dartmoor. This was actually taken on a different day than the photo at Sheeps Tor! Dartmoor was sunny...twice!

Assisting with group work at Hound Tor on Dartmoor.

April 2017 - Continued Personal Development (CPD) Weekend, North Wales

A very wet and misty day soloing Tryfans North Ridge the day before the CPD course.

Solo of Bristley Ridge on the Glyders. 
Refreshing the set up for a group abseil at the top of Tremadog.

Personal leading skills and rigging on Holyhead Mountain.

Multipitch climbing back at Tremadog.

May 2017 - Teaching Navigation CPD, Brecon Beacons

Classroom based learning before heading onto the hill to put it all into practice. MTA course ran by 'Adventures with Will'. Great instructor and a very fun day. Check him out :)

 May 2017 - Gimmer Crag Climbing, Lake District

Looking out across the Langdale Valley whilst climbing on Gimmer Crag

Our route '3 Tier Climb' meanders up this rocky buttress.

May 2017 - Assisting with Group Climbing Experience & Injury

Assisting with group climbing in the Yorkshire Dales.

Heading up to Black Scar on Pike O' Blisco for a mountain crag day.

Views over to Wetherlam and Swirl How in the Lakes.

The result of an accident I had whilst de-rigging top rope anchors. 7 weeks in this boot! 

June 2017 - Setting up 'At The Edge Mountaineering' Business

Logo for my new mountaineering business 'At The Edge Mountaineering'

July 2017 - Outlook Expeditions, Borneo

Orientation day in Kota Kinabalu, the Capital of Borneo.

Project work in Tenom.

Cooling off after a hard days project work
Trekking into the rainforest.

Bamboo Bridges!

Mount Kinabalu at sunset

Sunset over Borneo

Orangutans at Sepilok 

Bus tour round Singapore during our stopover on the way home.

October 2017 - Navigation Courses Recce, Brecon Beacons

Diving into the unknown! On the summit of Fan Y Big walking routes for At The Edge Mountaineering navigation courses.

Scouting possible ski descent lines...?

That's most of it really. Along with stuff I have been doing with Army Cadet Force, it's been a pretty full on year! I'm off to Scotland next week with my girlfriend so wait out for more! And lets hope this winter brings sufficient snow and ice to the British Isles!!

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