Autumn is here and pushing us inside for climbing. That means training over fun, so how do we choose what to train?
The weather has turned autumnal with windy storms and heavy rain. That limits what we can do outside, but luckily a new series of nearby geocaches has appeared that we should go and search for.
A final week of summer? Early morning surfing and new (for us) crag trad climbing give examples of how I learn and how I have learnt over the last 30 years. I might not be a good example.
How did I get here?
More sport climbing on the sea cliffs/quarries at Rhossili and what grades mean to me as a middle aged hack.
Let’s go climb Shelob’s Lair on Paviland, Gower. Wales. Because it’s got a cave and a hole in the roof to climb through, and because we saw it last week from the sea when kayaking. It’s pretty high up. This should be a bit of an adventure. There are a couple of other things to do at Paviland too.
Finally the winds have dropped for an amazing British bank holiday weekend so we’re back out in the kayaks for a couple of paddles around the cliffs of the Gower, looking at the climbing crags from another perspective. We paddle from Port Eynon around Culver Hole, Paviland, Mewslade Bay and Giant’s Cave to Fall Bay, and then a couple of days later we go from Llangennith across to the Rhossili cliffs underneath all the climbers, cross to the Worm’s Head and out to it’s furthest point, watching the seals.
Plans went out of the window this weekend with some variable Welsh weather. Kim had a bit of a bounce off her mountain bike and we had a think about making a clip stick for some of those sport climbing dodgy landings.
Our last week in the mountains and top of the Otztal valley at Obergurgl. More climbing when the weather clears, great views, peace and quiet. But we have to travel back to Wales and normal life. I wonder how living at an altitude of 2000m for 2 weeks will affect my fitness when I get back to sea level?
We’re in Austria, in the Tyrol mountains, and there’s a geocache at the top of a 3000m peak. So what should we do about it?