This morning I flew out to Malawi working with Caroline Chisholm School for the next 3 1/2 weeks. There are 24 students, 4 staff plus myself going. We will be based at Butterfly Space and will also be visiting Zambia for safaris.
I will post updates if I can and a report when I get back on 6th August.
The easier routes there are interesting to say the least. Slabby with no gear on the first pitch and chossy with no gear on the second pitch. Fortunately both the routes we chose had a bolted route running next to them on the first pitch so we "borrowed" the bolts.
I think the routes we did were 1st pitch of Sunshine (bolted Fr 5+) into 2nd pitch if St Gregory the Wonder Worker HS 4b followed by 1st pitch of Bluesky (bolted Fr 5c) into 2nd pitch St Jude S 4a which was effectively a solo apart from 1 well dodgy bit of gear.
Great to be out on warm rock in the sun mixing all climbing types. Todays routes would be best described as a sport-trad-solo adventures.
Bye bye Old Trophy
Not my style really but good for a few hours fun
Hello New Tiger
This morning having taken my green Triumph Trophy down to Riders in Bridgwater for a service and a health check, I saw the very bike I was looking for, a Triumph Tiger 800 XRx sat in the corner of the showroom. Being a good boy and resisting the urge, I took the Harley loan bike that they had put on one side for me and went home for all of about 3 hrs before I got on the Harley, headed back down to Riders and negotiated a test ride on the Tiger. 2 hrs later I was dropped back home by the shop van with both my Trophy and the new Tiger. I did at least manage not to buy the Harley as well :-)
Once I have had it for a few months I will post a full review
On Wednesday night I left the New Forest and headed home for a night in a bed before leaving at 6 am to be down on Dartmoor for 8 on Thursday to work with Farmors School and the 2 groups going for Gold DofE qualifying expedition across the moor. Thursday was the shake down day and I was out with the 5 members of Team Awesome running a quick navigation refresher as it had been a while since their practice. It rained hard that day.
On Friday, Team Awesome and Team AwesomeR headed out onto the moor for the expedition and I started the usual remote supervision/assessment work of driving between car parks and running about the moor for 4 days to see how both teams were getting on.
I am pleased to report that all 11 participants completed and passed the expedition phase.
Whilst we had some pretty poor weather during the expedition including some thunder we did not suffer as badly as other areas. I was very sad to hear about the death of two walkers struck by lightening in the Brecon Beacons and hope the others who are still in hospital make a full recovery
Yesterday and Today I was in The New Forest with Haygrove School assisting with their Year 7 Camp based at Foxlease in Lyndhurst. Super hot weather with 97 Year 7 kids, a trip to Beaulieu Motor Museem, a walk in the woods and some onsite activities. A new (but smaler) group arrived today and I headed of to work elsewhere tomorrow.