The year started quite well, with the FA of The Hypocrisy Of Moose, A route which I have no doubt will become a little micro classic, this twinned with the greatest discovery of the year, winter climbing. I am yet to fail on a winter route, although I did sketch the last bit of the Jabberwock, so I am still hopeful there, but not as hopeful as I once was- declaring all winter climbing easy as it's on jugs. I now realise that VIII and IX may well be quite hard, but compared to their equivalents in trad climbing still comparatively easy.
Headpointing has been like a disease this year. The year started with it being my friend, but now I look back and see how I abandoned onsight climbing for the quick fix and high grades of working routes. Ultimately I have failed to get a hard route done, which I honestly did not think would be the case looking back at this point.
The Alps was another failure although a nice holiday. So failure is common theme, but I'm genuinely happy to have failed. I now know my weaknesses and some of my strengths, which brings me onto how I am going to improve in order to achieve what I want to. My main aim is to get strong. I can't even lock off on a jug at the moment and can do about four pull-ups, so I suppose H7 is in that respect quite an achievement. If I can turn V6 strength into V9 strength then maybe I can loose the shackles of inability? We'll see, but some fun objectives for me to look back on I'll list below for my own amusement:
*onsight lots of things and loose the 'losing the onsight ego thing'