Friday, 31 August 2012

We'll Be Back

I spent last weekend up in Fort William. Along with a few friends I was acting as support for the Love Hope Strength Foundation for the inaugural Ben Nevis Rocks event. Friday night was Gig Night in which Mike Peters, formerly of The Alarm played a few songs before finishing with a candle-lit song in the grounds of Old Inverlochy Castle. A 5am start on Saturday saw us walking up the Tourist Path, myself to within a couple of hundred feet of The Bens summit encouraging 150 charity walkers along the way. Then I sat for an hour in the cold and clag to ensure no-one wondered down onto five-finger gully. Although long, it was successful day by all accounts, with only 4 people not summiting (plus myself :-s).

With a day to ourselves on Sunday it was decided that myself, John and Stewie would have a go at climbing the 14 pitch Observatory Ridge (VDiff, 550m) on the North Face of The Ben. At 10am we left the Glen Nevis car park and were ready to climb by 12. The route description we had was next to useless and after opting for the alternative start we found ourselves taken far longer per pitch than we anticpated, and this was only by the time we finished pitch 2! We knew we'd be in for a very dark finish and the cloud wasn't showing any signs of disappearing, therefore we made the decision to abseil off the route with a renewed enthusiasm to come back and tackle it again, beginning at a much earlier time.

Pitch 1 (Alternative Start) of Observatory Ridge

Pitch 1 (Alternative Start) of Observatory Ridge

Today's shower song: Push It by Salt-n-Pepa

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Monday, 20 August 2012

What's it all about...

Well, here we are at the beginning of a newly setup blog. Why? Because I want to try and give an insight in to what a radiography student does day to day.  Because I want to post snippets of my climbing antics to track my own progress. Because I want to see if I get bored of this.

Firstly, I see a few questions from potential rad students asking what goes on during the course, what the placements are like etc. I'm hoping to answer a few of those questions from a new student perspective. As a mature student my views may be slightly different from the "young'uns", but as I've been to Uni in the past, I do have an idea of what it's like to be naive and thrown in the deep end with a load of strangers, never mind being expected to work hard for the first time.

Climbing...I enjoy hanging from the end of a rope, although this tends to be indoors, I do get outdoors from time to time, but my student funds to let this happen too often. I'm not a graceful or technical climber, it's a hobby I enjoy. I'd like to see through the life of this blog that my climbing shows signs of improvement, but also record how rad student life and adulthood impact how my 'free' time.

So, let's see how long this lasts and whether we make it to the top together!