|Cathy on one of our 'new routes' at Reiff, Rap Torr Smith was it?!?|
|A rainbow of GUM club colour, sheltering from a shower|
|Jo and sunny Reiff rock.|
Still relying on crutches for 'off-road' walking, I realised that I would need to take cragging super easy! So set myself some rules: no leading, no traverses, no falling and nothing above a VDiff! Following Jo up some beautiful Reiff routes that I hadn't actually climbed before felt amazing. So needless to say three of my rules went out the window within about an hour of putting on my harness... I was just so psyched!
|Starting to go beyond bouldering and learning to lead... about TEN years ago?!|
Back to Chamonix for the summer, where I normally do loads of classic Granite Alpine rock routes and go bouldering in the mornings before work. Sadly not quite like that this year... With my autumn expedition to the Tien Shan looming, my main priority has been getting my leg strong again and not hurting myself any more. My Clinique du Sport physio has been amazing, and the idea of having to lie to her about what I was up to definitely helped tone down my activities! Still I got out and did a couple of classic rock routes early on - Papillons Arete with Joel and Le Joyau et Le Lotus with Jack and Eva.
|Jack and Eva, finally near the top of Le Joyau et Le Lotus! NB Turns out it stays in the shade until about 11am in the summer DOH!|
|Dave on THE hardcore solo of the 2014 Chamonix summer season|
|Me trying to remember what leading Chamonix granite feels like.... (Jack Doyles photo)|
|Good to be in the mountains again!|
|Alright view for a bit of after work cragging!!|
|A beautiful (if slightly unncessary....) bivouac spot. My first tentless bivvy in about 2 seasons, and Eva's very first bivvying experience!|
|SCREW ALPINISM.... BRING BACK BOULDERING|