Last week we held the Nottingham Universities Varsity Competition at the Depot in Nottingham. This was the first time that I had set finals problems for a commercial competition, and it was a really interesting experience, loads more pressure than normal, but I think we did a really good job of splitting the competitors.
While the competition was running, I ran around taking pictures of as many problems as I could. Towards the end of the qualification round, I took out my flash and started to get a little more artistic with the shots. Leading to perhaps my favourite climbing photo so far.
Today, one of my friends came up from Bristol to try and snag an ascent of the famed gritstone testpiece 'Voyager'. For those that dont know, Voyager is fiercely sharp, and one of the hardest boulder problems in the Peak District. The sitstart was completed in 2006 by Ben Moon and given the grade 8B+, it has not been repeated...
Hamish had been trying the line earlier in the season, but hadn't succeeded. When I saw the facebook post about it, I knew that I had to get there to take some pictures when he got back on it.
While there, I also took some snaps of James Squire, and Nathan Phillips who were also trying the line. No doubt one of them will grab an ascent within another couple of sessions.
After we were done at Voyager, everyone packed up to head over to Stanage. While we were in the carpark, we met Billy Ridal, who had just done Careless Torque. Conditions were good for the day. Despite this news, Hamish, James and Nathan chose to try their luck on another of the hardest grit problems by tackling 'The Ace', which is another 8B - this time put up by Jerry Moffatt.