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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Xmass bolt Fund for Gozo. by Stevie Haston.

 Patrick giving a lot on a fine Gozo route.

Climbing is a cheap healthy sport that can be enjoyed by young and old, is not gender specific and produces huge sense of achievement. However  routes need putting up, paths need cleaning and litter removed. These things, these little things need time and money! If you think you have time help me please, if you have money please consider a donation to my fund button at the top of the page on the right.  

 Edelweiss sent me some great gear.

So far two Americans have sent me money, thanks Crusher Bartlet and Simon Peck. Crusher has climber here with his Astro physicist wifette Fran, they loved the climbing on Gozo. Simon is just being nice and wants the good work continued having enjoyed the labours of other climbers through out his life, and he has added many routes himself. Thanks guys.

 Bert Arnold German climber donated, thanks Bernd.

One day Gozo will have great climbing but at the moment we need funds, we wish to upgrade to Titanium which the Gozo Climbing Association things is essential to keep the equipment from corroding. It costs a lot of money. I know Maltese climbers don't have much money, but 10 eus will do some thing. A climb takes a lot of work, we need to be sure its gonna last for future climbers and the kids of future.

 Bernd enjoying Helwa, 6b+ exposed!

Thousands of climbers have now enjoyed the routes on Gozo, and undoubtedly it is now part of the wonderful things to be enjoyed here, but it needs maintenance, and looking after and improving.  Some of the routes we have here are as good as any any where, they are magic, please help.

Stevie climbing above a clean sea on a vey beautiful rout called Heart of Glass 6b+

Thanks to Didi the President of our local association who has kept some paths open for years and years. Thanks to all the people who have helped cleaning Bamboo recently who came over from Malta, thanks to all the people who have picked up litter. My present to you Maltese climbers in the last week where a route two routes one a 6a, and a grade 4+, both really good routes, thats my presents to you. Please consider pro quid pro.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Titanium, the Saga continues. by Stevie Haston.

Queen of Tarts 8c.

Today was really good conditions, just like yesterday! Wow when the rock is like that, it all seems half the difficulty. My mate Inigo red pointed his little (actually big) roof, well done. Roofs are disproportionately big here, theres a vortex of roofs going on in Gozo and Malta. Jeff got me hooked on a magic line called November Rain, a Rael (good local spanish boy) masterpiece, thanks Rael for equipping this 19 meter roof.

 Titanium bolts and zee butchers hook.

It was still blowy and fresh, started opening Titanium wall, did the first little route, it's mellow, easy and slabby, it will be a nice memorable route for some, and the easy way off at the end of the day for others.
 Lovely big holds airy and lots of fossils.

The wall to the left is steep to overhanging, and the wall to the right slaby with a steep little bit in the middle on the right it's 50 meters, nice.

 lovely and fresh very cold on top!

Thanks to every body who said well done on using Titanium, I really appreciate the support, now I need money! Please check out my pay 
pal donation button at the top of the page on the right.

there you go, a lovely mellow pitch that everybody can enjoy, protected by Titanium!

There should be a few good routes in the near future, happy Xmass, except for Cameron, and a few others.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wet Hell Hounds chasing, by Stevie sleepy Haston.

water is gathering energy

 Flat as a duck pond yesterday when I stripped one of my projects, today I couldn't get to another, lost a  stack of gear I imagine.

 My project Berlin getting plaster all to hell. 30 meter high cliff!

I was so pleased with myself yesterday, got my gear, didn't think the wind would shift all over the place!  You can never trust the sea, that is why, she is a she.

 about to get colonic irrigation.

I love hanging out on this bar, its my favourite hang, in a rough sea you wrap your arms around the railings and hang on, I really mean hang on. The weight of the water hits you from above, and pushes you down, then it shifts, and buffets and tries to rip you off the walk way.

mellow yellow rock, a little rough music.

This is the arch, the window we call it locally in our Arab speech, people come to jump off it, one died recently. To jump off it today would be a bit more interesting I think. Potential warring politicians should be dangled on a rope till they forsake punitive strikes and just want to be pulled back from the brink of Hell. Peace, hope you enjoyed the photos. My camping devices, nuts and gear and various routes are now defunct, need some more, I guess. The push towards Berlin must continue.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Syria, then we take Berlin, by Stevie Haston.

If you live in Belgique you might have been locked in your house for three days! By the end of the week Cameron AKA Pig stuffer to his friends and behind his back, might declare we are at war. 

 Theres a storm brewing, its supposed to be force 7 so I went to get my gear out of a project. It would rust otherwise. 

Calm as a duck pond, unlike the Middle East.

The storm in the East isn't going to go away anytime soon. Theres gonna be a bit more than rusted gear hard for me to concentrate today. But that was the point to get away hang upside down, dream about nice things and wreck my body.

A roof is sometimes good to distract, This roof is a master piece. Afterwards I take Berlin!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Clash of the Titans, by Stevie the Midget Haston

 Jeff and I, me and Jeff.

Started work on Sector Titan today. It's going to be bolted all in Titanium, thus securing more peace of mind. It's a great cliff, quality stone. 

 this hard crack is going to go soon.

Good routes, good climbing, more fun and success, better bolts, stunning sunsets, an ocean of perfect beer, these my friends, are just some of the things, that are supercallfragelisticexpaladcous. If I spelt that right there's a blue moon out, or a politician with his Hapton Wick in a Pigs mouth.

 Bernd, Alex, and Jesse. the two guys just donated to Gozo climbing, and their gift will make a route.

 Not so perfect, but it will do.

Clash of the Titans, Titanic, give us a name, Colossal Tit (named after Cameron), send in your names for Sector Titan. 

 two of the three aretes that haven't been done.

This isn't Sector Titan, this huge clif 140 meters high only has one route, an old trad route thats not very secure, one of these aretes might go but there is a weeks cleaning on it. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Je suis Arab, by Stevie Haston.

 the 60 meter abseil into the Underworld.

Bernd and Jesse had there little adventure in zee Underworld. I payed the ferry man, he let us out.

 sombre cliffs surround us.

The inside of the big cave, was dark, the waves not to bad, but they still echoed, it didn't feel friendly. We chose a few mellow routes; Everlasting, Stix and Stoners, and Vampire Lats. I should say Vampire Lats is 7b, mellow if you'r a Vampire slayer.

 Bernd looking at a fossil on the entry to the Underworld.

Berd told me off about the bolts, he said the run outs were too spicy for ordinary people, I countered that they were "perfectly spaced, they were all paid for by me, placed by an expert with love, knowing how your hand would tremble with gratitude when you heard the reassuring click of the draw, announcing temporary safety".
 view from the top of Underworld, not bad!

Not feeling too perky we opted for early beers, and ruminated on steep stone as we took in the banalities of ordinary city life gorging itself on "terror porn".

 the door leading to the Underworld?

I still haven't done my last big link in the Underworld, Cyclops Slayer into Suffragettes 8b+, it's assuredly ++++ on zee arms, and I am frightened of the pain.

just a sign.

The sign above, is to show something, can you guess?  Je suis Arab. Hey, but, "Je ne suis pas Saudi", OK! What are we doing being in bed with the Saudis, the pushers of Wahhabism?

Thursday, 19 November 2015

It's the Hammer, by Stevie the Mallet Haston.

 a pleasant grade 4.

A good days climbing with Jesse, Bernd,  and Alex. I had to climb with the Master, as he was chomping at the bit. The plan was to tire him, so he could climb with Jesse, and I could equip afterwards, it didn't work.

Scarpa Boosters, used to the max. Give me another pair please!

Bernd wanted to climb an arete, he has a fetish about aretes, well he would wouldn't he, he's done more perfect aretes than anyone in the world. I took him up Heart of Glass, he was pleasantly astounded at the quality! 

 top of Helwah.

We finished on Hewah ta Tork, which is one of my favourite routes, it looks horrifying, and is only mildly so! I abseiled in, and got drowned for a bit in the washing machine at the bottom. Bernd was reluctant to come down, it did look a trifle skidoo.

 Helwah ta Tork 6b+

My boots were soaked, water milk shake paste in a bag also, so Bernd donated his chalk, and we belayed out of the splash zone on the second bolt. After this it was tip top, spectacular on crispy wafers of burnt biscuit, and oven baked croissant, and a few layers of frosted sugar coated donut thrown in for good measure, all rock of course.  

nearly taking the plumet.

Me on zee nasty last move of Heart of glass, above photo! Tomorrow the team heads for the Underworld, it has an appointment with the three headed Hell Hound. Bernd is looking forward to it, well he would, wouldn't he?  His remark after seeing me at the top of Helwah was ace, "its the Hammer Stevie", indeed it is Bernd, "its the Hammer".