Off for a week of sunny sport climbing in Catalunya tomorrow. The bags are packed and Ropegun Jamieson locked and loaded to warm up on all my projects. Mind you, he'll be weak and feeble after a winter spent shuffling between ledges, while I'll be strong like an ox after months of bouldering. The routes are only a few moves long, right? Perhaps not, but it should be a good pre-season arm-stretch for the inevitable long hot Spring and Summer that await. Ahem.
I've been seeing this trip as a book-end to the winter bouldering season proper. It's been okay, and I seem to have managed a steady trickle of quality problems, but without success on Malc's Arete it can only be considered a failure. To be fair, good conditions and weather have been hard to come by so I've not been having consistent sessions on it. But, despite feeling stronger than last year I've not made any progress at all on the move. C'est la vie. I think that trying and training for Malc's brought some of the year's successes within reach, so that's cool.
Here's few video clips from trips out this year:
Highland Boulders: Winter 2013-14 from Gareth Marshall on Vimeo.