One of the great mountaineering books I have ever read is One Man’s Mountains about the life of the famous Scottish Climbing Doctor Tom Patey. Sadly I never met Tom but he was well known by many of my friends in the RAF Mountain Rescue and helped them on many call – outs especially in the far North West where he was a Doctor in Ullapool. 1,081 more words
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With Jake’s visit, a bunch of exciting new crags to explore and unbroken immaculate weather, I’d somehow managed to climb for 11 days on the trot – you don’t need a masters in sports science to realise that isn’t very conducive to recovery let alone improvement, and I finally found the willpower to force myself to take a rest day. 233 more words
I climb, but I’m not a climber.
To me, taking on that label requires more consistency and an effort to improve in the sport. I’ve been climbing for five years and have never ascended anything harder than a 5.10 (for those unfamiliar, this grade is considered intermediate). 742 more words