Rock Climbing and Professional Photography

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Mark: Who’s up for a climb tomorrow

Me: Yes, something easy though as my skins worn out from personal climbing and teaching rock courses.

Mark: Meet in Pete’s Eat cafe at 10:00

[next day in Pete’s]

Mark: Oh, we’ve got David Simmonite coming along too.  He’s taking shots for a few articles coming up in Climber Magazine.

Me: Ah, poor skin.  Oh well…!

Mark Reeves telling a riveting story to Ian Lloyd-Jones and Dave Simmonite

Mark Reeves telling a riveting story to Ian Lloyd-Jones and Dave Simmonite

So, after casually signing up for a few routes in the sun, we ended up doing four or five fantastic climbs and hidden gems.  Often doing the moves 3 or 4 times from different angles and pulling hugely unnecessary shapes to look inspiring for the camera.

The routes will all be described in the article probably out in July… well worth looking up and heading out with them on a ticklist.  T

Climbing in Pembrokeshire 2 day hit

St Govans Climbing
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Last minute trip to Pembroke with two mates, based on the weather being better down there, having dim work, wanting to test our fitness, keen to tick some big pitches with 3 stars.  Pember’s is absolutely littered with 3 star climbs of all grades… it’s especially endowed with famous lines from HVS upwards, 7 of which form part of the book: Extreme Rock.

Day 1 we abbed into St Govans area and I kicked off with The Arrow (mega classic), Mat had a nasty Tussle with Tangerine dream (really ‘ard), the day then ended in exhaustion at about 7PM when Rich topped out on Keelhaul, having all led 2 or 3 routes, we retired to the St Govan’s Inn for a few pints and bumped into Liam, Karen and Sarah.

Huntsmans Leap

Venue of Day 2 – Huntsman’s Leap

Day 2: I was toasted from the big day before and not anywhere near fit enough for two big days… Abbed into The Leap and got on an E2, bit soggy and wet mid crux, pumped out, let Mat take over.  He then fought up the corner of Strap-Up, before Rich had a very tough time on Bloody Sunday.

Bloody Sunday Huntsmans Leap

Rich on Bloody Sunday – Huntsman’s Leap

Fish and Chips on the way home.  Awesome days, awesome place.  Will be back in a few months when I’m stronger.  Anyone got any routes they recommend E3 ish…?  T

3 Peaks Challenge – Snowdon Climb – Miners Track

Snowdon and Lliwedd from Miners Track
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As in my last post I said during periods of heavy rain, it doesn’t usually last long, and we can be outdoors and getting adventurous within a couple of days normally.  I was right, and putting up with the last week was fine as today we were beautifully rewarded with an outstanding morning.

Pictures say a thousand words, so take a browse through below, the Miners Track up and some of the Pyg track on the way down.  Flora fully out at the moment, loads of saxifrage, wood sorrel, butterwort, milkwort, dog violets, harebells, the list goes on… even on the crazy busy paths you can see these Arctic alpine flowers doing fairly well.

[Oh, and to the ignorant douchebag deliberately letting his dog chase sheep on around the Glaslyn today, thinking it was funny and arrogantly dismissing my advice two or three times, get educated and read this… Dogs Guidance It’s illegal, they’re someone’s property, livelihood and are animals with feelings too.]

Anglesey

Early Bird gets the worm. Inversion over Anglesey 5AM

Pen y Pass Car Park 5.30 AM

Plenty of Parking at Pen y Pass, even on a bank holiday (5:30 AM!)

Crib Goch

Crib Goch from the Miners Track, still reflection

Snowdon and Lliwedd from Miners Track

Snowdon and Lliwedd from Miners Track

Old Mine Works - Snowdon

Old Mine Works

Lliwedd

Lliwedd, from steeper section of Miners Track. Beautifully clear morning

Scrambling up the Miners Track - Snowdon

Scrambling up the Miners Track – Snowdon

Approaching the Pyg Track Junction

Approaching the Pyg Track Junction

Money Tree - North Wales

Money Tree – North Wales

Towards Llanberis from the Finger Stone

Towards Llanberis from the Finger Stone

Snowdon Summit RIdge

Snowdon Summit RIdge

Snowdon Train Track

Snowdon Train Track

Snowdon Train Up

Snowdon Train Up

Snowdon

Snowdon Summit Cairn

Triangulation station, on Summit Cairn

Triangulation station, on Summit Cairn

Pyg Track

Pyg Track

The descent

The descent

The Llanberis Pass looking North West

The Llanberis Pass looking North West

Nearly back to Pen y Pass

Nearly back to Pen y Pass

Snowdon Sign Posts

Snowdon Sign Posts

Insectivorous plant

Insectivorous plant

Right on the Pyg Track!

Right on the Pyg Track!

24 hour challenge!

24 hour challenge!

Crazy blisters from badly fitting running shoes

Crazy blisters from badly fitting running shoes for 24 hours

3 Peak Challenge is available for booking now at http://www.terryjameswalker.com/walking.html

Non Rock Climbing Activites (rain stopped play)

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Rain in Snowdonia

Wet wet wet (not the band)

In Snowdonia, we’re familiar with the petrichor must, rain falls abundantly.  Luckily we don’t get those overcast, grey, drizzly fortnights like London, when it rains here it rains proper.  It’s usually over and done with fairly quickly and I can be back out climbing almost straight away.  For the bad days, here’s a list of non rock climbing (so as to not increase psych for climbing and exacerbate the withdrawal issues) related activities that I have been immersed in today, they could give you some ideas of stuff to do when your day is overwhelmed with floccinaucinihilipilification.

1 – Antagonistic Shoulder muscle exercises and stretching.

For me this basically isn’t fun, but essential.  I’m putting a lot of work in my rotator cuffs, catching up on all the work that’s been omitted over the past 10+ years.  Rock Climbing, like many other sports, overly strengthens your internal rotation shoulder muscles (pecs, lats, delts), these are all big powerful muscles that grow pretty easily whilst climbing often.  The antagonists that battle to counter balance these powerful lumps are relatively small muscles, namely your rotator cuffs: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres minor.  Today’s rain has inspired me to re-read “7 Minute Rotator Cuff Solution” by J Horrigan and J Robinson.  A great read not only for the always injured like me, but also for essential injury prevention that climbers need.  So I’ll be stretching the internal rotators and strengthening the external ones.

2 – A 3D puzzle.

Church Puzzle Snowdonia

Found this bad boy in a charity shop for £1… win. One piece missing… lose

3 – Write an article using big words.

Like being “filipendulous”, which is very relevant to the rock climbing courses I deliver.

4 – Easy Work.

Terry James Walker Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing Instructor Work, not too taxing!

Do a bit of work on your outdoorsy website, send a few emails and maybe find some potential clients and increase your summer opulence.

5 – Restring and clean guitar?

Washburn Guitar

Washburn Electro Acoustic, aesthetic and sounding great

6 – Bake bread

Homemade Bread

Home baked bread… Hmmmm

When I get bored, I get hungry.  Being well prepared for days indoors is vital.  Some warm bread for chunky sarnies can prevent unfortunate incidents of exophagy.

7 – Surfing in the Rain

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A bit of surfing on small waves. (Pic from a sunny day)

8 – StumbleUpon

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An amazing website for times of utter and extreme boredom.  Head over to http://www.stumbleupon.com enter your interests and click stumble, you’ll be engrossed for quite a while

9 – Ebay for stuff ending in the next 1 minute

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A real frugality-fest, just by looking in the climbing category and sort by ‘time ending soonest’, you can grab some absolute bargains.  Good luck.

10 – Light a fire and drink tea

Log Fire Cottage North Wales

Probably my favourite ‘activity’. Log burning fire, way better than a television

Let me know of any interesting rainy day things that you guys and girls get up to, these things run out fairly quickly!  And lets hope for a super sunny summer.  T

 

Rain Rain Go Away

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Pretty shocking few days here so far this week.  Lightning strikes abundant around our cottage yesterday.  Rock is currently dripping all over the national park, sea cliff and coastal crags.  It was super dry on Sunday, so should only take a few days to fully dry out again, with no seepage.  Then time to get back on the rock and continue to get back a bit of fitness after a winter of getting heavy ski legs.

Met office says it’s looking up for tomorrow… So maybe a bit of slate action. Dead keen to get on The desolation of Smaug! If possible this week.  Till then, I’ve gotten pretty bored and set up a blog… Oh dear.

indoor rock climbing

50 degree board

Training later, going to hit the steep board and try and hold on for 5 minutes at a time to build some stamina… More boring than trying hard moves but definitely gets my climbing going at this time of year.

T