Day 15: BRUTAL HEADWIND. Nothing like taking a 25 mph headwind to the face all day with the ambient temperature -27C. That makes for a bone chilling windchill of -80...I can barely count that low.
Needless to say it was a bit of a sufferfest today, but I still managed a full day out here. On a day like today this picture sums up the highlight of my day as I shovel my last scoop of snow to secure my tent, knowing I get to crawl inside to a warm stove and dinner to escape the elements for a bit. In other bigger and way more exciting news, @jennabesaw brought home a puppy today needing a cuddle buddy while I’m away. Having been encouraging of this decision, sadly I can’t see a picture or meet him until I’m back, but it seems only fair that she share that with you all. With limited bandwidth from my satellite phone not allowing me to post to IG stories, seems like Jackson “Jack” the puppy should feature heavily on the story while I’m out here. I mean who doesn’t want to see a puppy?! 🐶 Can’t wait to meet the newest member of my family. ❤️ #TheImpossibleFirst#BePossible
For the mountain people - If you've ever walked from Ennerdale to Langdale, over the mountain tops, you'll understand how vital this little toe dip in Mickleden Beck is!
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HELP CLIMBERS !
I am scared to fall, what do i do?
I felt obliged to do another post to follow my last concerning my accomplishment of "Balance of Power - 5b" because after all, even if i managed to arrive at the relay, the fear of falling pushed me to cheat and put myself a bit more in dangers way than I already was (or maybe I wasn't in danger and it was simply the lack of confidence in my feet and the fear that created these invading emotions). As I already said, there were very little holds for my liking and the only ones that were possible to hold were definitely very small!
After a little rest on a ledge that made up part of this route, the last passage showed itself to be complicated and really lacking holds, which along with the momentum meant one direction with no return, up. This pushed me to take hold of the rope in order to reach the relay.
Sure it was on top rope, but the direction of the route and my position in relation to the belayer and relay meant that if i was to fall, I would have taken a mean and very large swing that would have taken me to the other side of the rock!
It is sure that to progress further we must succeed in passing this fear of falling and stop imagining the worst.
Must we take one good fall in order to become immune to this fear? Or is it a endless fight with our thoughts even after experiencing the fall ?
Because finally it is also this phycological fight and this challenge to always surpass oneself which makes us so addicted to climbing, no? *** I'm calling to you the wider Instagram climbing community, to you novice climbers that have just passed this step or to all the experienced climbers and professionals, I would really like to have your opinion and your advice on how to exceed this fear of falling once and for all ??? Don't hesitate to send me a private message or leave a comment, Thanks for that!
Quick line of our coaches overcoming an obstacle and the various ways of doing it. Everyone is unique and practising parkour gives us the opportunity to express ourselves 😁😍💪🏃♂️ #letsmove#expressyourself
While scrolling through the Gram last week, I noticed a story from @talomartin that the legend @johnnydawes was on Instagram!
Johnny is a bona fide legend ofcourse, but he shares a special relationship with Bangalore Climbing, being one of the first climbing superstars to come and climb in our neck of the woods.
The year was 1995. The location - the crucible of Bangalore Climbing - Turahalli Forest. A few of the problems established by him survive to this day, through our oral traditions 😁. So, I dropped him a message. An innocuous one about one of the lines he opened in the forest 20+ years ago. I got a response a few hours later, saying that while he didn't remember the line, he wondered if we would show a lifelong friend of his around while he came to town for a short trip.
That person is his long time climbing partner and close friend Dr. Craig Smith. Such a great day out climbing with him in the forest today.
In a happy and serendipitous coincidence of sorts, on our first problem of the day we bumped into one of 'old timers' from the Bangalore scene. Venky known locally as Nipha, who climbed with Johnny in Bangalore all those years ago.
One week. A few messages. A great new experience. And coming full circle. Truly puts the 'social' in the media.