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Monday, 28-Mar-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Matty P's Stag do - Club Whoopee

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A totally bonkers night out, at the most decadent club in London. We thought we might be over dressed until we saw the costumes everybody else had on.

Saturday, 12-Feb-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Sophia's Birthday

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Happy birthday sophia...
The girl seems to have spent a week celebrating her (whisper it) 25th birthday. Good for her! 'Big night out' at the roxy in rathbone place is a journey through the cheesiest songs of the past 30 years. The dj could be accused of being shameless, and there were a few bad moments, but on the whole a big old bounce fest, with enough early 90's indie to soften me up.
Everybody started to make their excuses not long after midnight, so we wandered back up the cally for an uncle adams cheeseburger with James.

Thursday, 3-Feb-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Lofoten, Arctic Circle 19th - 26th July 2004

Leaving Bodo
Brooding Skies
Arctic Midnight
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An amazing trip, on behalf of my brothers stag do, to the Magic Islands, off the northern Norway coast. Six of us met up in Svolvaer, after a flight via Oslo & Bodo and a 3 hour ferry crossing trough the fjords, and the other four had driven 1000 miles on single carriageway roads cross country from Oslo. Looming skies on our arrival looked mighty impressive, with the 3000ft mountains rising straight from the sea. But the sun came our the next day and the place was utterly beautiful. We camped wild as is expected in Norway, at the foot of Gandalfveggen. The days never ended, the sun bearly dropping below the horizon around midnight. We burned old wood we found lying around, which turned out to be Cod drying frames, and a precious national heritage. The norwegians were very graceful about it though, and we showed a bit more respect for the rest of the holiday (mostly). 8 days of climbing, the highlight of which was the 12 pitch Vestpillaren Direct on Presten (the priest). A courageous retreat for me (but still the most dramatic and significant multipitch of my climbing career) but a 1 hour epic for other members of the party.
Fiskesuppe and beer, and a warm welcome at the Klatrekafe'en in Henningsvaer were also essential to the trip, and a day sea Kayaking too, a really astonishing trip, and I would hugely recommend a trip to Lofoten - perhaps for winter ice climbing next time!

Tuesday, 6-Jul-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark

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Wedding in Valence, just south of Lyon, so we decided to combine it with a trip to Fontainbleau for a spot of bouldering.

Wednesday, 21-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Vallee Blanche, Chamonix

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Late winter holiday, back in Chamonix (where else?) with family and friends. Lots of spring sunshine, and some fine skiing. I missed saturdays powder, arriving on monday but our trip down the aiguille du midi and vallee blanche made up for it. I had been planning to do this route for three years, but never had the right people to do it with.

Deep light fresh at the top reminded me how little real powder I have actually skied, as I buried my tips, and face planted more than once, then descending onto the glacier, and the terrain alternates between hard ice, and windblown soft.

We thought it was a risky trip (see the crevasses!) so we were rather over-geared with axes, crampons, rope and ice screws, but in the end we rather stood out amongst the hoard of punters and guides. The tricky top section had dual fixed ropes. There were literally hundreds of people doing the descent - we couldn't have got lost if we tried, and we were in closer proximity to a guide than if we stood outside their office in Cham.

Finished off with a long flat cruise over the flat glacier in the valley floor, finally skiing with some style instead of in survival mode. The toughest part of the outing was the climb up a gazillion steps to the Montenvers railway.

Super day finished off with beer and pasta on the terrass.

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