The year started off with a load of training, it was going well until our little Arnold decided to start teething again and not sleep at night ( a theme throughout the year ).
There were a few good weather days around Jan/Feb and I went out with Dom and Jonboy and despatched a couple of boulder problems that were on my list. The first being Low Rider 7c+ Stanage and the second MasterKush 7c+ at Rivelin both quality problems.
Next up was a bit of comp action. I competed in the FBO at the foundry where I won the team event with Shauna and Martin and qualified in 16th overall. I felt I didn't climb that well as I could have but I had done loads of training the week before. The CWIF was next I had more rest and was feeling good, I had some great training sessions down the wall doing loads of volume and completing some of the harder circuits so it was game on. I climbed well in the qualifier going round with Alex Magos, it certainly helps when he cruises up the problems and says they are all easy... He's a total Monster!
I topped one problem in the semi final but I just didn't have the fitness or power to do any of the others.
CWIF- Qualified in 13th and finished in 17th.
|Semi Final crowd|
I then had a great week with Alex showing him around the Peak and Yorkshire. He despatched loads of stuff and I managed a honourable lap of Raindog's at Malham. Check out the Video here..
I then managed a great little problem at Bubage north called Back Street Mime Artist, its 8a and its a bit Lowball but the climbing is cool. Here is a little video of me working it.
It was time for some more 'hard move' training for our big trip to South Africa in the summer!
I had some great sessions out in the peak I despatched Infinate Suspense 7c+ Blackwell dale, Paint it black 7c and Hanibal 7c Stoney Cave, climbing with Harry, Dom,Neil,Ryan and Martin. I then had a great day out in Wales with Dave M and Tom N. I did the following great problems, 36 chambers 7c Tremeirchion, unknown problem 7c Tremeirchion and 7b+ at The Gop.
We then had a family week in Fontainbleau at the end of May, Mum,Dad, Cousin Chloe and us 3. The weather was really warm and Arnie did his first slab :) I managed a coulpe of 7b+'s but it was too warm to try anything harder.
Next up was another short weekend up in Northumberland. Lu, Arnie and I headed up with Michelle and Tom Greenall and we had a quality couple of days bouldering and hanging out. I despatched
QueenKong 8a Queens Crag a king line I tried on Tom's stag do back in 2013.
I then had a 10 days in Magic wood with Dom and Lee, We stayed in the Generosa and had a great time trying Hard. I tried a couple of 8b's and managed a cool 7c+ called From Darkness into Sunshine.
|One Summer in Paradise|
|Arnold's SA friends 'The Ducks@|
The Arc 8a
Stalker on the Horizon 7c+
Vlad the impaler 7c
Last day in Paradise 7c
Shadows of ourselves 7c
Born into struggle 7b+
Poison Dwarf 7b
Arch Baby sitter 7b
|Arnold's bed for a MONTH!|
After a week back home it was off again to San Diego for a family wedding. Lucinda's cousin was marring a boy from San Diego so it time for some sun, sea and beach action. We stayed with some other cousins on mission beach. The wedding was really nice and it was great to just chill out hang out at the beach and rest from such a busy summer.
Last but no means least was our trip to Hueco. We had decided at the begging of the year we were going to get a load of big trips in before Arnie was 2 years old, you don't have to pay for them...
6 long haul flights later he was a seasoned traveller... The flight home from El Paso was a path, we got on the planes and all Arnie said was Mummy Milk and then sleep please!!!
I wont bore you with the details but we had a great time with Michelle,Tom,Dan and Rowanne, Max and Nathan. We also met a couple of local legends who took us out for some great Tours, thanks Ana and Anne.
Check out my video of some of the problems I despatched.........
|El Techo V11|
|Happy Birthday Dan|
See you next year and stay psyched people...