Been packing for the Eiger for the last few days, trying to work out what rack to take (most of my cams need some TLC as they’e not been used since the Troll), working out what to wear (it’ll be a stop and go route I think), and making a custom sleeping bag (well more like a blanket… hopefully of the comfort sort!). Will be climbing the Harlin (how about that for positive language!) and will try and update blog as we go (climbing with Paul Ramsden - who’s not only got a Piolet d’Or but is now a master of the samuria sword). We’re going as light as we dare, while taking a mountain of food (10 days), as we hope to climb the original route to the summit (most teams are bailing up the 1938 route at the Spider due to low supplies). Having climbed the first easy 1000 feet it’s down to me to lead the aid ptches, and Paul lead the scary mixed ones - which sounds good to me!
Anyway in between packing I’ve finished a little training guide (yes I know it’s a bit strange me of all people writing such a thing!). The subject is purely about grip strength and is focused on winter climbers - especially leashless climbers. The book is a bit like Dave Macload’s book ‘8 out of 10’ and is 5000 words of training ideas. A few people have read through it, and the feedback’s been good. I seems funny me writing a book on training but I’ve really delved into it over the last year and find the whole subject really interesting (did 100 x 100kg dead-lifts yesterday, so now I feel I can finally admit that I’ve finally gotten myself fit…ish).
The reason I wrote the book is raise £1500 for my daughters cheerleading team (Cheermania!) so they can buy outfits for competitions, so if you download a copy (it’s only £3) then rest assured your money’s going to a good cause (well spangles, lycra and glitter).
The book will appear on Ibooks, Amazon and Kudo but at the moment it’s best to buy it from Lulu here.