Thursday, December 27, 2012

Time to head off

Well here i am at the end of a stint of pretty much none-stop work. I guess the most depressing thing about work stints is how you can look back and say you achieved close to nothing in that time. But they have their purposes, and after returning from Pakistan in October with a fair bit of debt hanging round my neck i can leave for Chamonix on Friday debt-free, in my new van, and with a little bit of cash to use before the credit card comes out again!

Early stages of the new woody - a lot of time has been spent hanging off this recently.

For the first 14 or so days of January i have back to back courses for the Guides scheme in France and Switzerland. A mixture of climbing and skiing with a lot of listening and learning will make a good change from milking and feeding cows all day, and i'm really looking forward to it.

Something new and tricky on Scafell, unfinished business.

Retrieving gear after a very near disastrous attempt on the summer E2 "Scansor" on Stob Coire nan Lochain, with Greg Boswell and Adam Russell in early December.

Hopefully from mid January onwards i'll get some climbing done for myself - depending on how cold and snowy this January in the Alps turns out to be - before returning to Cumbria for some more work  before February.