So prior to my Kalymnos trip I had been down a slate mine in north wales, during my time in the mine i slipped and a large piece of slate had managed to imbed its self in my hand. But being a true soldier i pulled it out and escaped the mine. I left my wound to heal hand headed out to Kalymnos, six weeks later a lump formed on the scar tissue where i had been stabbed I left it a while but it grew so i headed down to my local GP where he proceeded to send me for X-ray's. My hand was scanned and unbenounced to me there was to large shards of slate embedded in my hand around 1 inch long and 3mm thick :/ so the next morning i am in theatre undergoing an operation to remove the foreign body. Anyway the moral is get things checked and dont leave it im glad it all went smooth but it could have been alot worse.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
So in November 2013 i upped roots and moved to Ascot. This was a massive change form the mountains of north wales but a necessary one. I had decided it was time to up my game and needed to be near a wall where i could train and get stronger, i found a local wall and set out on a training program. I dedicated to bouldering as lack of power had been holding me back. Training was going well I was gaining power and working all my weakest points aka core, lats, slopers. But in the january i cutloose on a problem and ruptured my tendon, this was devastating id had minor strains in the past but nothing like this. I thought about the best course of actions for me and decided to push my body training until my finger healed, i started training in the gym doing front levers weighted situps Pullups I worked hard and gained. I grew strong in my body and after 2 months i started easy climbing again but the healing process is slow and my finger was very weak, I had booked a trip to Bishop in may and knew I needed to be healed again for that I worked my body intensely and gradually progressed again into climbing. I took a weekend break up to the gritstone to see what form i was on prior to heading for bishop. With the Green Traverse going down and a few other problems i knew i was in reasonable shape but my finger was still very vulnerable. I knew i would have to take it easy, so i continued with my rehab and gradually healed myself.
Wow well where do i begin !! Its been such a long time since i wrote on here but here goes. So Oct 2013 I went to Kalymnos for the North face festival. Me and Bruce had decided on the trip and headed over for two weeks, it was amazing! After a late arrival the next day we set off straight into the grotto to tick a bunch of the lines there we had set a challenge to onsight as many routes as possible, so with lots of the routes going down quickly in the cave such as Ivy (7b) Trella (7a) Tufantastic (7b+) all onsight I blasted up Priapos (7c) but fell on the last few bolts but what a route 3star. We entered the big marathon ticking the routes between 7a and 8a in which we came second so not to shabby :). After this we just racked up a mass of milage onsighting as much as possible, during my trip I managed a personal best with a 7c onsight at secret garden soft at the grade though and a massive day of routes ticked around 10 routes between 7a and 7c. But our trip had to come to an end and i can honestly say i cannot wait till i am next out there.