Thursday, 31 December 2015

2015 - A Retrospective

It has been a busy year:



Ariège
Narbonne
Kalymnos
Peleponnese
Corsica
Ireland
Arctic Sweden
Lofoten
Briançon
Orpièrre
Buis les Baronnais

back to Kalymnos
and back to Ariège - for the full circle.

 And not forgetting the odd day in the UK

530+ routes climbed, a best-selling book published, some great places visited and times spent with good friends - lets try and do it all again next year.


* ALL THE BEST FOR 2016 *




Friday, 18 December 2015

Friday, 4 December 2015

Winter - Kind Of!

Babis Bar, Myrties - there are worse places to spend December
 Almost three weeks back at Babis Bar - winters spent in Greece never pale. The place was still a teeny bit busy when we arrived, but for the past 10 days it has been almost completely deserted - we have had cliffs to ourselves that are normally packed in the high season.
I have continued to work on a Rockfax App for smart-phones to the climbing on Kalymnos - it has been a long running project - several years so far and counting.
We hired a boat and took a ride out to get some photos of the South Face of Telendos - a very pleasant way to spend an early December day.
Fresh fish and Greens/Reds courtesy of Babis
I'll be pleased to get the App finished and get on with a 'proper' book - Lofoten is next in line. I am looking forward to getting stuck into it and there is little doubt where we will have to spend next summer - but that is no real hardship.
A couple more weeks in the Greek sunshine then back to Ariège and the mountains of the Pyrenees - it is  such a great place to work as it is so quiet, and of course the weather and scenery are pretty good too!

The Seasons Swing

DEEP snow on the Col de Palhiers  And so back to the Ariege for a couple of weeks. Apparently while we were in Greece and Turkey it was ...