Happy New Year and many many thanks to to everyone who made 2013 a memorable year!!!!!!!!!!! Here's a pic of our mascot on the 1st of 2014.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
|The Scottish Highlands? Nope, the sunny Hautes-Alpes. Anne navigating the |
wetness while biking up Petite Céüse.
Rain and snow has really put a damper on any of the climbing that we were hoping to do this spring, especially at Céüse.
We've decided to embracing the bad weather...not yet to the point of climbing soggy rock in the rain, but to the point of putting on our rain jackets in our backpacks knowing that we are going to use them, and knowing that we are going to be wet and cold by the end of the day.
Riding bicycles seems to be a good distraction from climbing at the moment...
|This is how we have fun in the rain....|
|Enjoying the views on the top of Petite Céüse|
Friday, May 17, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
|Anne enjoying some fine biking around Barcillonnette.|
Barcillonnette is a 215 year old village that rests in the next valley to the south of Céüse. The village has 145 habitats and the valley is quiet and peaceful, and has much more of a Provencal feel then the valleys more to the north.
|Getting prepared for the ride in Barcillonnette|
|The main tourist attraction is this quaint 200 year old church|
|The post office of Barcillonnette|
|Anne starting the ride up|
|Petite Céüse and the village of Barcillonnette|
|another view....the cliff of Céüse can now be seen behind Petite Céüse.|
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
|The impressive Blus Mosque in Istanbul|
|Sector Sarkit and Anatolia at Geyikbayi|
|A close up view of sector Sarkit|
|Nice walk to the cliff|
We stayed in the 'Climbers Garden' campsite. The Climbers Garden is family run and is one of the original climbers campgrounds and it's within walking distance to all the cliffs.
|Climbing just a 5 minute walk from the camping...|
|The camping just below and view of Mt. Geyik Sivrisi|
|First class camping!|
|Anne scouting out the next climb at sector Anatolia|
|Some local flora|
|A local goat trying to eat our guidebook at the crag|
|Anne thinks she might win this one...|
|Anne climbing at sector Trebenna on our last day of climbing|
But it was on to our next adventure... 2 days being tourists in Istanbul before taking the plane home.
That was really a cool experience, we basically spent 2 days wandering around the touristy part of the city checking things out and eating fresh pomegranate juice and kebabs....Turkey was super awesome and we're pretty excited to go back in the near future!
|Wandering around Istanbul|
|The sea of Marmara.|
|Inside the Blue Mosque|
|Blue Mosque detail|
|I got shaved! Amazing experience...|
|More Istanbul....the metro is super easy to use...|
|Anne ready to relax with a cold beer at our hotel|
on our last night in Istanbul...
Friday, January 18, 2013
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
|New Years destination: 'Courchon' in the Verdon Gorge.|
We decided that the best way to spend the New Years was to be with friends...and to go climbing! So Anne and I planned on a 10 day climbing trip to the Verdon Gorge with some friend from Gap, Mael Mikael, Leo and Jon. This was an extra special New Years because it was also our first climbing trip with 'Bob', our new yellow van. So on December 27th, Anne and I packed up our climbing gear and headed south with Bob, leaving the snowy Hautes-Alpes region behind us in search of warm sun and steep rock in the Verdon.
|Leaving the snow of Céüse for some warm sun in the Verdon!|
|On the road|
|The gypsy caravan...|
|...and its owner|
|home sweet home...|
|View from the top of the cliff.|
|Using a rope to descend to the trail.|
|The upper section of the cliff.|
|Anne climbing tufas on 'Babo Babo' one of the nicest 8a's at Courchon|
|Leo giving an attentive belay|
New Years Day was a little rainy, so we decided to take a rest day and go look for a hidden cave which, according to rumors, had some climbs in it.
|Mika falling off his flash attempt of 'Combat de coq' a bouldery 8a.|
|Each night we were rewarded with amazing sunsets|
|New years eve in the caravan!|
|Mael and Mikael...lost..|
After about an hour or so wandering about and bushwhacking through thick shrub, we finally stumbled upon the cave...
|There it is!|
There are a few established routes inside the cave and room for a few more...
After the rest day, the weather became warm and sunny again and it was time for more climbing!
|Mael is motivated!|
|Jon on a great 7c 'Sabrecane'|
After 7 days of climbing and hanging out in the sun, it was time to head back home. It was a great new years and a great trip and I'm sure that we will be back to visit Courchon in the future.
|Bob and the gypsy mobile in the light of the full moon at Courchon.|