18 December 2008

Training Hard (of course not!)

Winters coming

Freezing fingers on flying buttress

(ph Sari Nevala)

Early season

(ph Sari Nevala)

A memorable day on the Buchaile

As I have a couple of months of mixed, ice and other axe assisted climbing ahead of me I should be training hard but this plan has not really worked out as I hoped. No problem, as an alternative form of training I will climb the Ben in 70 mph winds. I found out from the experienced among us that when it gets impossible to see through the wind driven snow you take off your climbing helmet, put on the goggles stored inside then carry on (discussing a possible crawl across the plateau) or go down. Down I go.

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