Covid-19 brought a rude end to our winter climbing, just when it was getting really good. Three weeks of lockdown and probable restrictions on travel after that mean we are unlikely to get out winter climbing again before next winter.
So, in traditional fashion, here are some images from my winter that give a flavour of what it was like: full of promise, disapointing, stormy, snowy, stormy, windy, brilliant, tough and amazing. It was very challenging for much of it, not just the weather and ground conditions, but the changeability of them, demanding a lot of careful consideration of the hazards.
I didnt get it right all winter, that's for sure. But I got it right enough and I got through it unscathed. It will certainly be a winter to remember for lots of reasons.
Hi Mike, Thanks for the all the great photos. Winter came in the end didn't it and what a shame we are now all grounded. I was meant to be out last Saturday with WCMG but alas it had to be cancelled. Had an e-mail today from Ken saying it still looks great. The first winter since I started climbing that I haven't got on a route. Sad that, but it's far more important to be around for next winter. So here's to 2020/21. Good luck, take care and get back to work as soon as you can. Can't wait to see all your photos next winter.
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