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#7900 Re: YYFY!!!
May 28, 2024, 08:14:02 am
A niche one, I know, but I also know there are a couple of other people here who like a dip. I've swum in ōresund (strait between Denmark and Sweden) on a regular basis through a second winter. The YYFY isn't really for the getting through the winter but just for finding a physical, outdoors activity I love, that puts me in nature, and that I get a huge amount back from - it's become an important part of daily life. I'm not a swimmer (I'm a rubbish swimmer in fact), I just go swimming. Mostly with a bunch of other ageing Danes.



Iíve just seen this post Andy. Two winters in a row is worth a YYFY and a big yes to swimming in nature. 

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#7901 Re: YYFY!!!
May 28, 2024, 12:04:49 pm
In mid March a routine visit to my GP quickly led to a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Various MRIs and a bone scan later I'm told that the cancer cells they tested are grade 1. Low volume and slow moving. Not quite out of the woods yet but the news couldn't be much better.
I was envisaging years of my skeletal self haunting hospital corridors attended by a drip ....that won't be happening just yet... Summer trips to see favourite bands in Liverpool & Edinburgh still on and more importantly Tunnel booked for autumn trip to Czech Republic and German sandstone!
As a bonus the scans revealed that my MS has stalled and no further degeneration in brain.

Truly, life couldn't be much sweeter right now.
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#7902 Re: YYFY!!!
May 28, 2024, 12:23:20 pm
Wow. What a relief

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#7903 Re: YYFY!!!
May 28, 2024, 01:07:43 pm
Great news!

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#7904 Re: YYFY!!!
May 28, 2024, 01:13:40 pm
Great news Sherlock.

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#7905 Re: YYFY!!!
June 17, 2024, 09:27:11 am
Still buzzing from putting a superb new trad route at High Tor yesterday: Daydream E6 6a

Iíve had a long relationship with High Tor and put up my first new route in 1985. Never would have dreamt then that Iíd still be putting up routes there when I was 60. Iíve added a dozen since and was the main writer of the High Tor section of the BMC guide.

High Tor is fairly complicated crag and it takes a bit obsessive imagination to pick out new lines. The concept for this one only came to me for the very first time whilst I was daydreaming in my tent in the rain on Berneray. Of course itís only when you start swinging around on a rope that you actually find out whether the line makes any kind of logical sense so it was great to find out that did.

I used to have a pretty good head for trad routes for about the first dozen years but subsequently itís been a struggle to get something close to a trad head in my sporadic attempts to get back into it.

This route was a fight physically and mentally and so I was well out of my comfort zone. On the previous Saturday I was so gripped I only managed first couple of moves before bailing. On Thursday I pushed the boat out and got through the hardest ad scariest section but was too boxed to recover and finish the job. Yesterday was in doubt. The forecast was sketchy, I still felt tired despite three days rest, the holds felt a bit greasy. Everything was uncertain on the route until the belay.

The route is probably low in the grade and Iíll accept a downgrade from anyone (except Tom Briggs of course).

Lovely evening driving back across the Peak and then a nice meal out with Sonia and the boys.

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I used a downward placed black alien in the highest of two finger rails on Reproduction and an offset rock 3 which can be wiggled in deep in the right hand side of the same hold. Pic available. All other gear is obvious

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#7906 Re: YYFY!!!
June 17, 2024, 10:02:45 am
Nice one Shark always good to hear about a proj going down :)

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#7907 Re: YYFY!!!
June 17, 2024, 02:42:56 pm
Nice one Simon. Doing new routes is the best feeling I agree.
I too was sceptical about the weather yesterday but was rewarded with my first 8a since turning 50.
Not such a big deal of course but climbing moderately hard these days requires a bit more discipline. I find it very hard to get motivated when redpointing existing routes but last week I cut alcohol down to 4 nights and managed an hour of training in preparation. A slight exaggeration but I do tend to go off the rails without a first ascent project on the go.

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#7908 Re: YYFY!!!
June 17, 2024, 03:12:39 pm
Nice one Kristian and happy birthday for whenever it was. You donít look it if thatís any consolation.

Yes projects and particularly new route projects are the best motivators for me too.
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