Sunday, October 21, 2018

Wild Swimming in Squamish, BC

Climbing and wild swimming go together so well. You can swim before climbing in the morning to get yourself psyched or at the end of what has hopefully been a good day out on the crag. When it is time to rest your body and let the skin on your fingers grow back,  swimming once again comes in and this time you can spend the whole day lazily enjoying the slower pace, drinking coffee, chatting with pals and giving your muscles a well deserved cold bath - or in the case of British Columbia, more of an ice bath!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Zero Waste Adventure - Climbing in Squamish, British Columbia

When my friends told me that once I get a taste of Squamish life I will never want to leave, I didn't believe them. After a three week trip, it took all of the resistance (and love for my UK home) that I could muster, to not apply for working visa and move over there. The climbing is superb. Big granite walls, single pitch lines with perfect cracks and tons of boulder problems most of which you will want to get on, all pretty much walking distance from town. And to top it all off, the climbing community is some of the tightest and most welcoming/helpful that I have ever experienced. It is really hard to not feel settled when you come to Squamish and it is hard to not fall in love with the place.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Bouldering in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Best thing about travelling solo and having a bit of a ''go with the flow approach'' is that I get to experience things which I would never otherwise get to see if I had a rigid plan with every step of my trip planned to the smallest detail. I haven't even heard of bouldering in Okanagan before I got to Squamish and so when the opportunity arose to come and try it out , I jumped on it. I joined my Scottish friend Cora and her pals who kindly invited me along to join their weekend adventure exploring this area of BC. It was so nice pulling hard on the boulders after months of trad climbing. I was surprised how much good quality bouldering there was too, and I have only just scratched the surface.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sport Climbing in Skaha, British Columbia

What do you do when it rains in Squamish and you can't get your hands on dry rock? You make the five hour drive through the stunning British Columbia and make it to the best sport climbing crag in the area- Skaha. If you like crimping and small edges with delicate footwork and well bolted lines, this will be an ideal crag to spend a few days/ weeks testing yourself on one of the classics. The setting makes it so different to other sport climbing areas that I have been to. You really know that you are in Canada- the crags are surrounded by forests heaving with wild life. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Zero Waste Micro Adventure - Introduction to Scottish mountain rock routes

I spent a while pondering on what to call this type of mountaineering adventure. Big walk ins, long routes deep in the mountains which always require the full use of your trad rack but also the use of a map and compass and general mountain skills which you develop through hill walking. For some, this seems like hard work and way too much faff but to me it has great appeal as it combines the two things I love - trad climbing and hill walking. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wild Swimming in The Cairngorms- Loch an Eilein

There are some spots that I have visited around the UK which are beautiful and then there are places which are just outright special. You know deep inside that you want to come back again and again. So what makes something tip from the label of amazing to special? Is it how the place makes you feel? Perhaps you are happy or so content and connected when you are there that you forget everything else and you want to stay in that moment forever. Or is it how you discover the spot which is important to you? Do you prefer to stumble upon it by yourself and relish in the solitude or would you rather for someone to take you to this magical place and share it with you, which makes it feel so special?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Zero Waste Microadventure- bivvying in Snowdonia

If you are a faffer like me, it may just happen that your weekend adventures can sometimes start late in the evenings in what would others consider halfway through the weekend. Because when you wake up on Saturday morning, well, you have breakfast first, then coffee, then check the weather forecast, go to the shop, finish packing, do the dishes etc etc and by the time you are ready to set off at 12, you suddenly become very aware that it is still 4 hour drive to North Wales. But you know what? Weekend adventures don't always have to start at 4 am. You haven't missed the boat if you are not on your way by 8 am. It doesn't matter that it is 4:30 pm when you start walking towards the hills. There are adventures to be had in even the shortest time possible.