A couple of months ago I got a very strange e-mail. Dave Macleod got in touch to ask whether I would be psyched to head up to Hoy with him and get involved in his attempt to climb the Long Hope Route on St John's Head. This route has been his project for a couple of years now and he's hoping that this trip will be the final push - especially with Hotaches' Paul Diffley coming along to film. Check out Dave's blog for his latest photos from a trip up there last week.
My first reaction was to think - f******g hell, no way you are getting me on that crag - it looks completely terrifying!
Why me? Surely there are better rock climbing partners to get along?
My next thought was - maybe he's tried everyone else?
Or maybe it's because I'm supposed to be reasonably competent at rescuing myself and Dave if things weren't going to plan?
Anyway after much speculation on my part and some pretty persuasive arguments from Lukasz and Ruth I found myself saying yes - and that's when the panic set in!!
I've been trying to climb lots and lots - although it's a bit tricky to train for 480m sea cliffs, particularly in the Peak District!
The week has finally arrived and on Wednesday Lukasz, Marium, Mac and I are heading north to begin the adventure. First stop Edinburgh, to meet up with Paul, Guy and Matt - team film, and then on up to proper north-shire and the island of Hoy. Dave, Claire and Frieda Macleod should already be in residence at the Mountain Equipment family cottage and the hard work of lugging kit around begins, and then the terrifying bit of climbing will be upon us - hope Dave is feeling fit and strong and good at building solid belays!!
I've been getting together some essential items for the trip........................................... Self preservation being of importance hence the Ibuprofen, Jumars, Meteor III+, Coffee and Protein Shakes.......M.E. Hoody and Slackline more about entertainment for the days not climbing.