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It cannot be that bad! 17th September
Tony enjoying himself ( I think)
Today Tony and Adele went for a day's scrambling in the Lakeland fells. With the forecast of heavy rain and 45mph winds they hid themselves in Jack's Rake and honestly had a great time. Taking in Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle with some rope work thrown in Adele and Tony certainly earnt their scones and tea today.
Tony on the summit of Pavey
Posted on 17 Sep 2012 by adele
Taking every opportunity 15th September
After a final debrief with Firhill school after our amazing expedition to Bolivia Adele had some climbing buddies lined up just incase the sun shone.
At 7am on Saturday moning even after a night out in Edinburgh Adele and Mr G scurried to Aberdour to meet Raymond who had travelled from the West. The sun shone but the wind gusted at 40mph and after a route to warm up Adele stole the lead on the classic Pain Pillar VS 4c
Hanging in on Pain Pillar
The gusts added entertainment value to this fantastic route.
Raymond with an Adele Kite
With time to do one more route before the tide cut us off Raymond climbed Lilly in perfect style ensuring that Mr G and Dr P didn't get wet feet
Raymond on Lilly (S)
Mr G with dry feet
Driving back to the West Adele and Raymond went to investigate Auchinstarry quarry and jumped on slinky Lizard HS 4b which unfortunately prooved not to be such a great climb for short Adele.
The day was completed with real ale, good company and food in Glasgow.
Posted on 16 Sep 2012 by adele
A wet week in the Lakes (Adele on Holiday) 13th Sep
For the first time in a month Adele had a few days off to catch up on admin and relax. With Millie the van in the garage Adele was grounded in Keswick for three days.
Officially Mad a wet ascent of Cam Crag Ridge ( Thurs) to complete the holiday.
Out came the old bike and keen to meet other climbers she enthusiastically cycled to Shepherd's cafe on Tuesday evening. Meeting up with some members of the Keswick Mountaineering club everyone hid from the rain. At about five there was a dry patch and Adele dressed in a cycling jacket and waterproof trousers ascended Jackdaw ridge with Ian as some other members were more ambitious and jumped on Fisher's Folly. The rain came again and Adele and Ian escaped a drenching whereas the others were not so lucky.
On Wednesday Julie arrived bounding with enthusiasm and the plan was to drink coffee, do a quick jaunt up and over Catbells and then a climb if the weather cleared. The plan came to fruition and both had a great day of chatting, climbing , walking and cafe's
Thursday the forecast was good so Andy H was preparing for another Classic rock route. Something tells me he didn't want to climb as he announced that he had not brought his rock boots. Lucky really as the driving rain and wind made an ascent of Cam Crag Ridge quite exciting.
Andy Taking care on Cam Crag Ridge
So declaring herself officially mad Adele had a fun few days with some mates and Rain did not stop play
Without Millie the van, but in a silver KA Adele will be going to work in Edinburgh tomorrow for the final day with Firhill School and will hopefully sneak a route in at Aberdour sea cliffs.
Posted on 13 Sep 2012 by adele
Kyajo Ri Training 10th September
Early morning Cwym Idwal
This weekend was Richard's weekend to do his final preparation for his forthcoming expedition to Kyajo Ri in Nepal. Adele is leading the expedition for Jagged Globe
The weather was fantastic and Adele and Richard decided that to focus on Richars'd rope skills they had to go climbing. Ensuring it was in expedition style they kept on their big boots and rucksacks and ascended Ordinary route(D) on the slabs.
Ordinary Route Idwal slabs.
Following an abseil descent off the back of the slabs they made their way across to Cnefion Arete for a magnificant ascent of what can only be said as one of the best scrambles in the UK.
Richard out in front on Cneifion Arete
On Sunday it was time to fine tune some skills in the morning and then shop until we dropped to ensure Richard was equipped for this forthcoming expedition.
Practice makes perfect.
An excellent weekend Thank you Richard
Next year Adele will be leading the Dhalaghuri Circuit Trek and Damphus Peak for Jagged Globe. before heading to Climb Dhalaghuri her sixth 8000m Peak!
Posted on 10 Sep 2012 by adele
BMC Expedition skills in action.
Last weekend six mountaineering club members from all around the country and different clubs gathered in Little Langadale for an expedition skills weekend. The British Mountaineering Council are putting on training weekends at cost price for club members, In February Adele ran a winter skills weekend and this weekend it was time for her to pass on her knoweledge of expeditions.
With an open agenda to enable the particpants to get the most out of the weekend an array of topics were covered from planning your own expedition, altitude illness, kit and equipment, crevasse rescue, rescuing a fellow climber , rigging an abseil and more.
Day 1 was spent in and around the Fylde Mountaineering Club hut with a series of workshops indoors and out.
Sharon and Tony practicing on dry land!
After some time crevasse rescue was mastered as well as well as rescuing a buddy climber. Adele filled the Fylde Hut with down equipment and boots to show off her wardrobe and gave finally gave an evening presentation on her exploits on 8000m peaks.
On day 2 the team departed Little Langdale and headed to Raven Crag big Langdale where the day was spent refreshing the knowledge they had learnt the previous day, practicing fixed rope work and finally making an ascent of Middlefell Butres where a few scenarios were thrown in.
Tony , Ralph and Sue on route.
Using only one rack and some good team work our expedition team members made their way up the route with Ralph excelling himself by getting stuck for Sue to rescue and then being rescued by Ian as he ran out of rope. All good practice Adele echoed!
Amanda and Ian on the thrid pitch.
Finally at the top of the route the team had to rig the abseil and oh! was the rope long enough. Yet more scenarios were thrown at the team who had no difficulty in sorting them out.
Amanda leading the way on the abseil.
Thank you to Amanda, Tony Ralph, Sue Ian and Sharon for making int happen and thanks to the BMC for hosting these events
Just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic weekend, I learnt so much and more than anything hearing about what you have done and seeing your pictures has given me inspitation to get my own expeditions sorted. I have already started googling what mountains there are in the Arctic Circle.
Thanks for running a great course at the weekend - it was really excellent , relaxed and fun.
A big Thank you for the weekend with you Millie and Ted
Coming on a technical weekend for people with much more techinical experience than me could have made me uncomfortable, but your skill and care ensured that I got from the course as much as possible leaving my confidence in tact. A great result. Thank you
I would lso like to wish Amanda and Sue the best for their forthcoming expeditions to Nepal.
For information regarding these courses contact the BMC
Now back in her office Adele is preparing for a talk for Bramwell International on Wednesday
September may be the month for climbing and Adele still has some availability for Autum rock
Posted on 04 Sep 2012 by adele
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