21 Nov 2017

Buttermilks, Bishop, CA

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So I guess you could say I have been off the circuit for a while… It’s a very long story but I guess the brief synopsis would be as follows.

I had some phenomenal times with climbing and was lucky enough to compete and climb all over the world, something I am hugely grateful and proud of, but in all honesty back in the summer of 2015 I had a few injuries causing me some grief and for the first time in almost 20 years, I fell out of love with it.

I went cold turkey and didn’t go to a climbing wall or put on a pair of climbing shoes for over 12 months. I lost my passion and focus and needed time away.

Towards the end of 2016, I started feeling like my mind and body was ready and I wanted to re-engage with it and since then have been slowly starting up again. Naturally, I have have had to review my expectations and association with the sport and what I want from it but I am finally enjoying climbing again and being part of the wider community.

My body also changed in the time away and I’ve had some new injuries to contend with but back in November, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and go on a trip. I decided I would go to a new location to keep expectations to a minimum so headed off on a solo pilgrimage to the ultra classic Buttermilks in Bishop, California.

I’ve wanted to go for as long as I can remember and it did not disappoint, it is by far one of the best places I have ever been. It has some of the most incredible climbs out there for pretty much every grade and all set in a perfect picturesque location.

I would encourage anyone to go, climbers or not. It feels so peaceful and serene and I definitely think it’s where I would want my ashes scattered…If not just as a way to get my nearest and dearest to see it.

I always think a picture tells a thousand words so here is a little highlights video of some of the climbs I managed to get footage of.

Anyway, on to the next adventure, I know there will be plenty more.

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