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Since my last update I had a close friend come over and stay for a couple of weeks, which meant a great chance to climb all over the peak, getting loads of classic lines and problems done, some unusual, some hard to find, all amazing.
I even headed back to Raven Tor and managed to climb ‘Problem 3′ a Font 7c. Totally different style to Ben’s Roof, short and powerful, but i guess still very crimpy!
I then headed over to Paris to compete in the European Cup. It was a nice competition, unfortunately I just missed qualifying, coming in 25th, but it wasn’t bad for my first international in quite some time.
…and now, as I said, I’m in Fontainebleau, the conditions are great, cold and dry, and I’ve got a month to climb. What can I say. Things are great. And to top it off yesterday (my first day of climbing) I sent Carnage, Font 7b+.
Sent my project! I’ve recently climbed Ben’s Roof Font 7c+ or V10 at Raven Tor, in the Peak District.I’m so pleased with this climb, it’s a really long stamina/power endurance boulder problem with a few cruxes in it, that even alone feel really hard, linked together it was desperate.
I’ve been working on this since moving to Sheffield, going about once a week for the last 4 weeks, and have slowly been able to link the moves. I had a night session on after work, resorting to a head torch and a lantern, conditions were good, as it was so cold, but it was just to dark and complicated to concentrate on all the holds, the sequence and the very limited light!
On my next visit I managed to get to the last hold 4 times in a row, from the start, and fell off matching three times!!! Remind anyone of the BBC’s?
However…on one of those occasions, I made the match and topped out Bens Roof, my hardest ever boulder problem, proudly equalling the hardest climb any British female climber has achieved in the UK.
Since my last post, I’ve been up to my usual climbing for this time of year, heading to the grit if it’s cool enough, training hard indoors and on to Peak limestone when it’s too warm for grit.
I climbed a classic line in the Burbage valley recently. I did the Nose (i), a font7a at Burbage West, it’s a beautiful overhanging nose of grit with some hard toe hook moves and powerful sloper moves above. Really happy to climb this! My new period of training has also started, with a nice structured program, I’m beginnning to feel the benefits, isolating my weaknesses (lock offs and stamina) and getting myself sharp for the summer competitions.
I’ve also recently been to Raven Tor in the Peak District and made some good progress on Ben’s Roof (i) font7c+. I did the boulder problem start to Out of My Tree (i) font7b quite easily, so I’m Looking forward to putting on a rope and trying the entire route soon. Also off to the Berghaus conference this week and looking forward to it. I’ve also recently booked flights to Magic Wood for a quick 5 day trip. I’ve heard theres going to be quite a lot of UK climbers out there, so looking forward to that too…
I’ve always wanted to go here and finally had the chance, so geared up with many friends and bouldering mats we set off. First area we came to was very unique, pebbly to say the least, with some very interesting moves. Then later on in the day we moved to an area again more my style, overhanging. There’s a lot to do there, so I’m sure that place will see me again in the future.