Since coming back from the last of the summer expeditions at the end of August, various events including a recurring back injury have conspired against me and kept me away from the rock climbing. So after 3 long months away from the ropes it was with great anticipation and some trepidation that things came together to allow us to get back out this Sunday and a few short climbs in at Kyloe Crag in Northumberland. With being away from it for so long I decided to drop the grades a couple of notches and stick with a few routes at severe. It was just as well as I couldn’t believe how out of condition I was both in body and in mind. Maybe going out on the Saturday night was not such a good idea either as my mind seemed to be taking a long time to focus on the task at hand, in fact it made for a comical moment when 7m up on a lead I leant right back to get a better look at the route and then felt the wind in my hair as my helmet fell off, yep I’d forgotten to do up the chin strap, think I might fail the SPA assess if I keep that up. Luckily a good catch by Albert on belay saved me buying a new helmet or it could have been an expensive day. It was a cracking day weather wise in Northumberland yesterday, with blue skies in the morning and the forecasted rain didn’t arrive until we were walking off at dusk and although we were very rusty and slow all day we were happy with the 5 climbs we got in, not bad considering the time of year, next climbing outdoors could well involve the pointy tools, some practice on the wall needed I think.
I’ve also been splashing out on some new kit, trying to go lighter weight as the knees and back get older, so expect some gear reviews to appear soon.