You know that old saying…well it’s true.
If you’ve actually read any of the previous posts, you’d have learned that I was in the great country of Scotland last week attempting Dave Mac’s Rhapsody rated E11. You would also have learned that the weather chased us away to Spain for some sunshine therapy. I am going to try and say this loud and clear, if you ever get a chance to see the Island of Mallorca, DO IT. It will be the best decision of your entire life.
Anyway, back to Scotland. We had another week of climbing after our return and to our disappointment we got more rain. However, I will say this – Scotland did warm up to us towards the end and gave us two very BEAUTIFUL afternoons. I tried the route twice on the second last day (still on TR) and managed overlapping falls on the final boulder problem. That was my sixth day of effort and likely twice as many attempts. I could almost taste it. But alas, it will have to wait until another day. Hopefully I will be stronger on that day and braver. For pics and video and stuff check out www.hotaches.com
Oh well, back to KANATA – Eh? If you have been checking forecasts around North America, (as many climbers tend to do) you will take notice that Canmore has been a very steady 20 – 25 degrees, blue skies and blazzing sunshine. No excuses here, just grab the white spot and pull down – hopefully the rock won’t break in your hand.
My friend Nick and I noticed a stunning headwall up on Yamnuska on our first day back in town and decided it was worth checking out. After 2 hours of hiking and hauling gear, we have come to the conclusion that although it is only overhanging for half the height of the wall, it is going to be a very spectacular climb. FORMIDABLE even.
Keep checking back as the progress on this unfolds. The pics we got are sick.
Whatever, now I am off to the Wet Coast again to take my guiding course. They sure make it tough to be a rock guide here in Canada, but it should all be worth it, besides, it’s about time I learn how to properly equalize an anchor.
Thanks so much for all your support out there, I am sorry if I have not responded to everyone’s e-mail, it’s harder than I thought being a professional traveling climbing bum, very little time indeed. I will get back to all of you a.s.a.p. as soon as I call my mom to tell her all is well.