As is usual when Andy disappears off on his adventures he leaves me in charge of the blog......
So here's part one of the Hoy adventure:
After a long journey broken up with a very short night in Edinburgh at Paul Diffley's house, team big white van of Andy, Lukasz and Marium arrived on Hoy and at the plush pad set up by family Macleod and with massive thanks to Mountain Equipment. Yesterday they all headed over to St John's Head to get started with trying to get all the rigging in place for the intrepid film crew.
Andy was keen to get the first abseil over the top out of the way and can confirm that he was right to be terrified - was "well scary". The initial terror of abseiling into the abyss is now over and they have been concocting ways for Andy to complete the crux pitch - ie. how is he going to jumar up in the event of not actually being able to climb it? The first plan was to jumar up one of the half ropes that Dave will be leading on whilst Dave took in on the other - hmmmmm jugging up an approximately 8mm rope - not ideal! Today's plan involves a fixed rope and a massive swing out into space............we will see what the final plan is when he gets there. He might suddenly become superhuman strong and just climb it - it's amazing what fear does to a man!
Anyway, check out a couple of photos from yesterday on Lukasz's blog.
Loving the "Old Man" shot.