Sunday, 21 November 2010
What a day! Cotswold Outdoor comes through.
So, we decided to head to Portland to get some more bouldering mileage behind us and work some of our projects (Greg - Guy Fawkes, Chris - My Chemical Romance).
We warmed up on our usual traverse, which covers most of the New Cuttings area and spotted some high ball (6m) problems which ignited our curiosity. They were not bolted and with the crux moves nearing the top this made for some fluttery and nerve-racking moments. We then decided to move onto our projects.
Greg was suffering from the last effects of "man-flu" and was slightly hampered by this. Nonetheless he "manned" up and made some good progress on the first difficult moves of Guy Fawkes. By the end of the session he was established on the undercut and moving with control onto the first heinous crimp on the vertical face. After working Guy Fawkes and attempting the top moves on MCR, he made the astute observation that it would be wiser to work a V9 problem before entering the realms of V11!
My intention was to try and work the last move on MCR and then possibly complete the problem today however the step ladder I brought (the latest in bouldering technology!) was too short to reach the penultimate move. My reluctance to put on a harness and top-rope the move had led me to use this unconventional method. I decided to begin work on a new project in the vicinity of the area which I'm very excited about however the razor sharp crimp has chewed a hole in my left forefinger.
We decided to call it a day and upon returning home we noticed the view counter on our blog had increased significantly! I jokingly said to Greg that maybe Ben @ Cotswold Outdoor Southampton(www.cotswoldoutdoor.com) had placed a link from their website to our blog which may have increased the views...we checked and low and behold this was indeed the case!!!
After falling out of our chairs through disbelief, the reality began to set in...we had a sponsor! Not only did we have a sponsor but we had a very reputable outdoor company backing us every step of the way...speechless.
We feel very honoured to be backed by Cotswold Outdoor and most of the concerns we had surrounding our trip have been dispelled.
Cotswold Outdoor you've done us a solid and we can't thank you enough.