Last Few Weeks

The Wiseboyz, Knowing when to fail has been one of the hardest lessons I've learnt in the mountains.

Its been a reasonably hectic last few weeks for me without a lot of really interesting stuff to write about. I’m currently back in the UK for the next few week’s waiting for the snow to hit Scotland so I can do some winter climbing up there. Just coming out of the two day hangover which was Kendal mountain film festival which was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. Before that I spent one night in London where I went to see the new North face film about Gasherbrum 2 and had a catch up with some mates down there. Before I left for all this me and Ally Swinton had a go at the Desmasion/Gouseault on the North Face of the Grandes Jorasses which was cut short due to a combination of factors but mainly the lack of gaz and lots of spindrift which slowed us down in the first few hours on the face. Here’s some photo’s of what we we managed to do.

Ally on P4 of 13 that we did. (37 in total)

Into the depths. This pitch (p5) casued us more problems than any other. Lots of spindrift, bag hauling and hard climbing slowed us down.

My blue Ice 45 came along for the ride!!

The route wiggles up this impending wall.

Tasty M6 pitch up to the first ramp. Loving it.

opps I broke your carry matt Gav Swinton

I’m super psyched to get back on this route soon. It was amazing, the best route I have been on by a long way and constantly interesting for the whole way we were on it. I managed to drop two thing’s of the route when we were biving on it after 17 hours of climbing, one Jetboil cup and one Arc’teryx Zenta Ar glove. Guess which one I found at the bergshrund after we abbed of the route? I still managed to write a review for cold thistle here for the gloves.

Snow is in the forcast now so I’m off up to Scotland soon, Psyched Like Monkey!!!!!

Yes I am.

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