Friday, 28 October 2011

South Side!

Have been out on the grit a few times this last week, with a couple of visits to Burbage South, sending the awesomely exposed Offspring (E5 6b) on the Cioch block and getting a team send of the notorious man eating, off-width that is GOLIATH (E4 5c). Well infact its not that bad and you can just layback it!! Unless your just plain wierd and like going deep!

Check out the video's too

Sam Hamer,Spong from Alex Mason on Vimeo.

Silent Scream E7 6c from Wild Country on Vimeo.

Ethan discovering new Bloc's!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Autumn Update

Ed on Swonrn Enemy 8a
Ethan after the crux


Here's a quick update from what we've been up to over the last month since getting back from our summer roadtrip.

We've had a few sessions out on the limestone with the most noteworthy thing being our ascent's of JC's new route down in sleepey Dove Dale. Sworn Enemy must rank as one of the best 8a's in the Peak with some great moves through steep ground, on an amazing arch feature! Word up to JC for his vision in cleaning, bolting and sending this line.
Ed's also been ticking his way through the usual limstone boulder nasties down at Rubicon, Stoney and Nuda's. Hannibal V9 at Stoney and Dancing fish V11 at Rubicon being the 'favorites'...
Apart from that, just getting back into the training shizzzle.

Oh and I also spent the last 11 days out in the Horn of Africa visiting my dad in the amazing country of Eritrea and then the Sudan! Two incredible places with amazing beauty, history and culture. Check out all the photo's from the trip....

Desert Tortoise chilling

Local welcome
Sudanese Desert

Hassai Mine

Port Sudan Airport

Our Ride!
Japanese Mine shaft
Asmara Lunch

Geo-Congress Meal

Friday, 14 October 2011

Dirks Smiths Photo's

Here's the set of stunning photo's that a great guy from South Africa took when we were out at Ceuse and Orpierre this summer. They are an amazing set of climbing photographs taken by a true pro. Massive credit goes out to him for the time and effort he went into taking these shots. Cheers Buddy and see you out at Waterval Boven sometime!
Check out his web site too for more awesome photo's at
Enjoy these stunners.....

Maman je vais mouris 7c

Carte Blanche 8a

Strong dude on 8c
L'ami Caouette 8a

Early morning chess game
Andy on Changement du look 7b+
Ethan taking the swing
Ethan on 7c+
Crux Dyno

Ed on Maman

Ceuse View!