Sunday, 22 April 2012

Scottish Schools Championships Glasgow 21st April 2012

On Saturday I travelled through to the Glasgow Climbing Centre to compete at the finals of the Scottish Schools competition.

I was competing in the boys Youth B Leading category. Five boys had qualified to compete in the finals from their round 1 scores - held at various Scottish climbing walls during March. In the final we had two qualifiers to climb and then a final route. I was the only one to top all three climbs and was delighted to win. 

Thank you to Wild Country who had donated the prizes. I won a 30m rope which will be great for climbing at Alien Rock.
On the podium

Siurana, Spain April 2012

Ni me n'entero 7a

Boys don't cry 7c

On 8th April we flew to Barcelona and then drove to Cornedella de Montsant to take part in the MCof S sport climbing trip to Siurana. The following morning we drove up the hill to Siurana campsite to meet up with everybody. My brother, Alexander, and I were in a group with Angus Davidson and Jack Graham both GB team members. We were coached for the week by Neil McGeachy assisted by Ross Kirkland.

The climbing at Siurana was fantastic. My favourite crag was L'Olla where I onsighted Bistec de biceps 7b+ and flashed Ya os vale 7c. I also worked on La Cara que no miente 8a+ which is an amazing route on a tufa. I would definitely like to send it next time.

On our last day I redpointed Punyetera 7c+ (graded 8a in older guide books) on my third attempt. It was a great route with a tricky move to two pockets.

I really enjoyed the climbing in Siurana. In fact I decided it was 100 times better than climbing indoors. It was a great trip with lots of fun and laughs with my friends. I can't wait to return there in the future.

Boys in Black - heading out to climb!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Easter Holidays

I love the Easter Holidays! Here I am climbing on my home wall with my friend Angus.

We also did some setting - a new project for me.
I can't wait to fly to Siurana, Spain on Sunday for a week of climbing outdoors!