Monday, 14 April 2014

The ageing alumni

On Saturday we travelled up to Greenwich to meet two of my old uni pals (the ‘of’ is a bit redundant, it’s not like I had many uni friends) and their families.

We recently met Sean and Laura after his son was born, but I haven’t seen Al for a decade, since we finished uni, and obviously have never met Claire, his wife. When I finally messaged him a few weeks ago I wished him congratulations on the news they are expecting baby number two...  ...and Ella’s first birthday  ...and her birth  ...and his marriage  ...and getting into the police (he has just done his Sgts exams).

It was good to catch up with them and nice we have all had kids so close together.  After Nandos (20% military discount, who knew?) we had a quick walk around the grand buildings of Greenwich uni – it is the old Royal Naval College so is really quite impressive.  Unfortunately, the university is far better architecturally than it is academically.

We plan to reinact this photo in another decade:

In The Painted Hall.  From left:

Alan and Ella, the model, Nick and Willow, the tree, and Sean and William, the superman

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A sink half full

After twenty months of owning / living in this house, yesterday I finally worked out how to use the plug of the bathroom sink. Which, it turns out, is not broken after all.

Just back from an extremely soggy weekend in Wales.  Dragged the cadets up a Diff in the pouring rain. It wasn’t the best fun.  No photos as my phone is bricked from a software update - I am adapting to it well though.

Monday, 24 March 2014

The Time Stealer

I don’t like to make this blog too baby obsessed, after all, I am a climber and climbing is what I do and why I set up this blog. If only...

I guess it is time I reluctantly admit there are probably more people out there interested in cute photos of the LadyBaby that there are people who’d like to look at yet another piece of ice.  And given she occupies the entirety of our lives now, she may as well occupy this blog too. So, for them, I present a few gems from the last couple of weeks.  She seemed to like the papoose (rucksack thing) which bodes well for going to The Lake District later in the year.

In other news, I might soon have a good post on a mega whisky tasting session I have coming up with James.  It seems he has gone a bit mental on the whisky front since Norway.  Speaking of which, Holly and I went gin tasting at the weekend – a spirit with much more going on than cliché and stereotype would have you think.  There were no tickets, just a list of names at the entrance – my name appeared not to be there, until I realised was down as  Mr Onice.  Nick Onice.  Never had that before!

Training has taken a boost these last couple of weeks as my old pal and climbing buddy Nick (with whom I did my first and only alpine season with – Chamonix for six and a half weeks back in 2006) has started coming over on Thursday night to use the wall. Yes, that’s right – I am finally using the thing!  I have written up a pretty mean circuit training session of 90mins.  We are still getting to grips with how best to use the wall itself, but it’s certainly great progress.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Fair Play

You may have noticed me bemoaning my recent crampon failures.  Well, I complained to Grivel and they have sent me an entire brand new set – you can’t ask for more than that. So a big thanks to Grivel, and more specifically Adam at The Mountain Boot Co. (UK distributors of Grivel).  I am returning the broken pair so it can take pride of place in their broken kit museum.

Interestingly, the connecting bar has been modified to the new ‘twin bar’.  This is apparently to better accommodate the new generation of B3 boots that are more flexible – such as the Scarpa Phantoms, as used by none other than little old me.

It’s nice to see a company not only standing by their products with great customer service, but also acting quickly to address design concern about them – this new bar seems to have come as standard for a couple of seasons following at least one similar breakage as discussed on Dane’s Cold Thistle blog.

So fair play to Grivel, TMBC, and Adam. Thanks.

The Yellow Dragons
In other news, I ran my, rather hilly, half marathon in 1hr 43min 50sec.  Not bad off the back of minimal training.