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Mark ...take in on Green...

Does this picture of Dorsal arête ring any bells with any of the marks who had green ropes on that day.......

 

http://blog.westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk/?p=2035

 

Rick 

Added by Rick Riding on February 8, 2011 at 23:21 — 1 Comment

"And those that are last shall be first"....and something else about the meek! - Matthew 20:16

If point Five was just another Grade 5 gully climb, we all would have climbed it long ago.

The amount of folk law and mythology surrounding the climb builds an image in your mind which bares little relation to reality. The reason it takes so many people so long to achieve this tick has nothing to do with difficulty or conditions. Its actually in climbable condition pretty often but getting all the components to come together…

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Added by Rick Riding on February 8, 2011 at 22:00 — 4 Comments

Geoff I'm sorry !

At team of six went down to Wales today for a MOB introductory winter climbing session. Colin, Keith, Derek and Myself being the more experienced members were going to show Lee and Geoff the ropes on some easy gully climbs....a nice mountaineering day out.

 

Things started well. Geoff and I intended to do Tower Gully, a nice grade I/II , as a starter. I wasn't sure how much Geoff had done or how he was going to handle the conditions. Of course in the true tradition of the MOB…

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Added by Rick Riding on January 10, 2011 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

Video - Derek & Rick on North East spur of Y Garn , 30th Dec 2010

Inspired by some of the climbing videos I've been watching on tinternet, I thought I'd have a go at recording a day out myself. Its maybe not quite got the drama of leo Holding on El Cap, or the grunting of Chris Sharma, but Derek does do a little muttering to himself...and some steady climbing in adverse conditions. ( it also features some goats!)

 

If you watch carefully you can see Dereks , quite understandable, reaction to seeing the camera in my hand ( where the rope…

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Added by Rick Riding on December 31, 2010 at 0:30 — 3 Comments

Some inspiring videos for aspiring mountaineers.

Check out the Steve House footage. I think even I would want two hands on the rope from my belayer on this ground! Just shows what kind of footage you can get filming yourselves though...must try harder!

 

http://www.andy-kirkpatrick.com/blog/view/cayesh_the_calling

 

and here is my latest effort. Not quite in the same league! ( video of Mark " House" Davies)

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Added by Rick Riding on December 28, 2010 at 2:00 — No Comments

How to videos - some good stuff here!

Hi

Stumbled across this guy on youtube. He does some great videos showing basic climbing set ups and answering questions. Well worth a look even for those with a lot of experience, some good tips !

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/mikebarter387#p/a/8D9710F1DA39CFE5/0/3VXfrIAgpG0

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Added by Rick Riding on December 20, 2010 at 3:00 — No Comments

Link to article with Info on Kalymnos

Some info on Kalymnos for those considering Daves trip.

http://www.ukclimbing.com/articles/page.php?id=3150

Added by Rick Riding on December 11, 2010 at 11:37 — 1 Comment

"999 SMS" this may be useful

Just came across this on UK CLIMBING site. its worth knowing, never really thought about it before.


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Added by Rick Riding on November 19, 2010 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

paragliding video in Mont Blanc range- very nice!

Thought some of you might like to see this, especially the flyers amongst us.



Rick

Added by Rick Riding on September 21, 2010 at 22:21 — No Comments

The Great Climb

Greetings everyone. Back from cycling in the alps a bit fitter and leaner for the coming winter!

Has everyone seen this film on BBC i Player. Its only on untill tomorrow I think, but worth a look.

see you all soon

Rick


Added by Rick Riding on September 3, 2010 at 23:03 — No Comments

Falls on slings!! You should see this....... quite surprising.

An interesting test video which opened my eyes to the limitations of equipment. And being a fat bastard ie. more than 80kg....a little worrying!

The morel of the story....tie in with your rope. Don't attach to the belay with a sling only and certainly dont then step above it.


Rick

Added by Rick Riding on June 12, 2010 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Cleaning night at Wilton 1

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Added by Rick Riding on May 21, 2010 at 20:24 — 2 Comments

We could get a set of these, to go with the plastic crampons!!!

May be a bit radical for us old timers set in our ways, but maybe this is the way forward?






also have a look at this Tin Shed, if you haven't seen it before. Some good videos and stuff!…


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Added by Rick Riding on April 15, 2010 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

Scotland Ice Trip Film

Have a look at this film from Petzl, well worth a look.

Added by Rick Riding on March 27, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

The Great Escape - Jacobs Ladder V - Black ladders

The day started well with a prompt start at 5am, a trouble free drive down with great company ( Colin, Mark Davies and Derek) and a walk into the crag ( Black ladders) on firm snow. Having been piped to our chosen route on the last visit, Derek and I set a good pace into the crag determined not to be overtaken. As the ground got steeper the snow got deeper and we were soon swimming up through what felt like polystyrene beads. It was hard work and we attracted a party of four following our… Continue

Added by Rick Riding on January 5, 2010 at 1:30 — No Comments

Amphitheatre buttress, Craig yr Ysfa Sunday 13/12/09

300m - Grade V Diff

Weather was -1 degrees in the Valley. Low cloud but dry.

Approach - from Cwm Eigiau 1 - 1.5 hrs



Derek, Will., Mark Davies and Rick



Up and away by 6.30am, it was always going to be a biggish day, but events conspired to make it even longer, with our early start rubbed out by a patch of ice.



The day didn't start well with Marks car sliding backwards down a very iced up single track road and ending up in a ditch. About 1 hour later and… Continue

Added by Rick Riding on December 13, 2009 at 21:41 — No Comments

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