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Monday, 14 February 2011

Ice climbing

Hey guys, as you all probably know, I have not been on blog spot for ages! This is due to school and not being able to go out into the mountains. However I am getting ready for next weeks trip. On the 22nd of February (tuesday)I am going indoor ice climbing, which should be fun. I have looked at videos and other blog's and people say that indoor ice is seriously cool. So stay tuned and I will tell you all about the trip and hopefully have photos with it.

Friday, 27 August 2010

Over the mountains and far away.

Me (Alex Shrimpton ) and Angus Walker are traveling up to Ben nevis (bottom) the highest mountain in Britain at  1,344 metres (4,409 ft) and Scafell (top) the highest in England at 3,209 ft (978 metres) . We will be leaving on tuesday the 31st of August and will be back on the 5th of September 2010. We will be taking refuge in youth hostels across Scotland and England. I will be celebrating my birthday on the 2nd September, and what a great day it would be if I could be on the summit of Ben nevis that day. I will report back on our climbs as much as possible searching not only for routes but for computers along the way.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Wet and windy road to Snowdonia

Me (Alex Shrimpton) and Angus Walker set up camp at Garth Farm (North Wales) on the 5th August around 2pm. The campsite overlooked the snowdonian horseshoe and with beautiful views that could be seen for miles! The weather was great and it looked like the next day would bring a glisten of sunshine as well! We pitched the tents, explored the barren wilderness around us. Then had a nice chicken wrap and off to bed.

Next morning we woke up to bitter cold, winds howling around the valley floors, rain hammering down onto the tents and clouds overhanging the cliff edges and surrounding mountains. We had breakfast in the tents while we got ready for the climb.

Approaching the mountain was horrendous.  The rain hammering on the car roof, wind forcing itself into cracks and crevices along the valley, grey cloud low and overhanging the steep cliffs that make snowdonia notourious for mountaineers. This mountain gave us the feeling of natural power and endurance upon the great adventure ahead.

Climbing the mountain was horrendous with unexpected gusty 50mph winds hitting us off balance even on level ground.  Waterfalls cascaded down the cliff edges, rain stung our faces as the wind lashed and howled around our bodies.  Visibility was poor and reduced, hence the clouds hanging low with the weight of rain trapped within. We came to a vertical rockface and attempted it ,but as I stated before the conditions were horrendous and as the gusty, unexpected winds kept knocking us off balance at 50mph, we decided to turn back. We had gotten around 3/4 of the way up to the summit.  It took us 2 hours to reach this point, taking into account the weather conditions it was the right decision to make.

p.s-I have no photos because of the weather being so powerful and because of visibility being poor.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Snowdonia -4th august 2010

Me (Alex Shrimpton) and Angus Walker, are hiking/scrambling up Snowdonia on the 4th August 2010. We hope to take the Yr Aran route, this route is the south ridge of Snowdonia . But if the weather is not up to the standards that we want then we will be forced to take the Llanberis path, this route is the easiest of all the routes upon Snowdonia.