My motivations for climbing and skiing vary depending on the day and who I’m with. If I feel I’m climbing well and confidently I enjoy the challenge of a tricky route. Equally though, if I’m not in the right mindset to climb something hard, I acknowledge it, and choose a different crag or route, where the enjoyment comes more from the situation and company, than the difficulty. I think this is what I like most about climbing and skiing, there’s always something to do, and it (almost!) always feels great.
I’m more environmentally aware and conscious than I used to be. My focus has shifted from overseas trips to the UK, or European destinations which can be reached on public transport. There’s so much to go at! I spent a week climbing in north Cornwall and Devon the other summer. I seconded a pitch that I think is probably the best climbing I’ve ever experienced, called Darkinbad The Brightdayler. Pat Littlejohn made the first ascent. We were blown away by the quality and quantity of his routes in that region – thanks Pat! I would love to go back and lead it at some point – I’d say that’s my main climbing goal.
Skiing wise, the Castle gullies on Ben Nevis and the Holzer Couloir in the Dolomites are top of the list. I’d also like to go ski touring again; it’s been too long since our last epic…
I’m really looking forward to introducing our son to adventures in the outdoors.