Sun, snow and rock climbing?

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Hello guys!

As always, I must apologise fort he lack of posts, after a stunning weekend in the peak district I was inspired! How could I not share this beauty!

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Over the past academic year I have taken up climbing with the UEA climbing club and I love it! So after the stress of my dissertation was finally over, I jumped at the opportunity to give it a go outside when the club ran a beginners trip! So, a couple of weekends ago, I bundled in the minibus with the eleven others and began the journey to the Roaches in the Peak District!

We arrived in the snow at the Don Whillans Memorial Hut late at night, unable to fully appreciate how awesome it looked until the next morning. We bundled into the kitchen, which was built into the rock itself, and enjoyed an evening drinking beer and getting to know each other, deliberating whether it’d be dry enough to climb the next day! Unfortunatly, it wasn’t! However, as you can see, it was stunning, and it turns out, bouldering pads make pretty good sledges! So we set out, wrapped up warm to explore!

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Finally, in the afternoon it brightened up and we managed to climb! The hut was minutes from the nearest climbs, so it wasn’t far for us at all!  Once the leader had set the ropes (theres no way I’m anywhere near that good yet!) we gave it a go! It was so much fun, freezing cold, in minutes of putting on flimsy climbing shoes and taking off my gloves, I could barely feel my fingers and toes! But, I made it to the top and had so much fun doing so!

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It wasn’t long before we were all too cold to climb and we retreated inside for food and an evening of veggie chilli and drinking games, retreating to our alpine style bunks once the beer had run out! After another coating of snow overnight, the next morning was again to wet to climb! However we strolled up to some bouldering problems, which were surrounded by bog! Unfortunately a few were claimed by the bog man (he has his own song now, the bogra is a work in progress!) but I managed to complete my first outside bouldering problems. I definitely prefer bouldering inside, outside I’m still undecided!

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After a few more chilly hours and more bogman casualties, we retreated back to the minibus and ended our snowy climbing adventure! It was without a doubt one of my favourite weekends of my final year at UEA, thank you so much to the UEA Climbing Club and everyone else who came along!

Much Love!

E x

Back to Blogging and Degree Progress…

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Hello! (Especially to Mum, as I best she’s the first person to read this!)

 On January 11th I handed in my dissertation! Yes, its ‘over’, everyone keeps asking me if I’m happy.relieved, but honestly, no, I’m really not. I’m still a little stressed – I don’t actually find out how I did until the 22nd February, despite my supervisor telling me yesterday that she’d marked it – frustrating right! But most of all, I just feel a little lost.

After months of living in the library 9-5, going home and working some more, I feel like I have nothing to do! I know that’s not true  – I still have two modules and a job, but nothing to work towards almost. I quite like having imminent deadlines, whether they’re set by myself or not. Its now week 4 (I think) of my final semester of final year of university (scary) and even though I have things to be getting on with, like looking for a job, starting coursework due in April etc etc, its not the same…

 

Hence, back to blogging. My aim (If I can actually stick to it, I don’t seem to be that great at keeping up with blogging) is to write a weekly blog post. If I succeed, I’ll try increase that to twice weekly! I’m hoping this will help me have something to work towards and help me feel a little less lost! I think my main issue with blogging is I don’t feel like anyone will actually read my posts or be interested in what I have to say. But I guess that’s not really important. For now, I’m doing this for myself, not for others!

 

In terms of degree progress… Its nearly over! Scary or what. Three and a half years I’ve been a student at the University of East Anglia. I can’t say its been plain sailing, but its been fun. I feel like the worst must be over now, what with the dissertation, first and second year complete. All I have remaining is a course test, an exam and a report! That’s it and, hopefully, I will be an Environmental Geophysics graduate! Crazy!! Lets hope it goes well!

 

Anyway, I’ll stop with the boring post now and (hopefully) you’ll hear from me again soon!

 

E x