Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bleeding fingers

Third day on the wall and today may have been the hardest day of my life!!! First of all i was still getting over poo trauma. And to top it off I was MEGA tired. We've climbed very close to the top of the wall and only have 3 pitches to go. We're sleeping tonight 600 metres off the ground and there a bats in a crack just above my head! at one point I didn't think i could climb the rope and dad said Aldo would have to haul me up. I said that I had to do it otherwise I'd be disappoint when I got to the top. I also had my first cry today but only because I dropped my iPod!!!!!! My dad said he'd buy me an iPad if I got to the top!

Tea tonight was can of diet Pepsi, cold beans and sausages, a tin of pineapples, and tuna mixed with cream cheese. It sounds horrible but so hungry I don't care what I eat!!!!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Too tired to blog

Tonight I'm blogging instead of Ella (I'm her dad) as she's so tired I had to take her shoes off and stick in her sleeping bag (her second night sleeping in a portaledge on el cap). At the moment were 10 pitches up and maybe three times higher than the London eye. Ella's had some really terrifying climbing to do today, but she's taken it in her stride and I'm so impressed with how tough a 13 year old could be. Hers a picture of Ella on the 6th belay today plus one of her climbing.

Monday, 1 October 2012

On the wall finally!

At last I'm finally on el cap! The portaledge (first time I've slept in one - and we're 140 metres on el cap!) is up and we've just had tea. Tea was one bagel with one bossan cheese a pepper and a tomorrow. I also had a can of warn diet Pepsi.

Last night we hauled our selves up to the bottom of El Cap in the dark, and found two rattle snakes near we're we slept.

We slept next to el cap (all six of us)but it was too light to sleep due to a super bright full moon.

Ben said we would should have a swear box, but now he says everyone but me owes it thousands of dollars.

It's very hot hear tonight and enthusiastic about tomorrow. Think well have to sleep two more nights on the wall.

Friday, 28 September 2012

My day in San Francisco

Sorry for my lack of blog yesterday but I was on the road for most of the day.

Yesterday we got up and left our motel in Mersed and set of to San Francisco not forgetting to mention the fact I went to my first starbucks drive through. So we got to Berkeley and we spent about two hours looking around for a shop called marmot but finally when we were too hungry we pulled over and went to just the American equivalent of a decathlon. As we were paying we asked the lady behind the till were the marmot shop was and she told us that it had been shut down since march!

After that we went to pick up des and ben at the airport and had a black bear diner burger and the man. Sitting next to us has a plate size taco!!

I think the plan is we're climbing on Monday once des has a permit.

Here's a picture of me below el cap

Location:Curry Cabin Acc,,United States

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Picking up BBC

Spent the night down in Merced so we could pick up BBC today from the airport. Got to sit in a motel, eat Mexican and watch men in black. Feeling very tired as its so hot once you get down from the mountains. Can't wait to get back to Yosemite.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

My day with paul

Dad went up with Aldo to fix some ropes on the route. They were meant to climb up to pitch 5 but only climbed to pitch 2! It was dead hot so they looked really sweaty when they got back to the tent.

I wanted to go on the climb but the BBC said I couldn't until they were their to film me ( because they want to film my initial reaction).

Instead I did maths homework with paul and did some climbing.

Must be tired as I fell asleep in tent at 4pm, but you get up dead early here (dawn).

Going to go out if valley with dad tomorrow to pick up BBC cameramen. He wants to get me loads of white clothes so I stay cool on the climb. He also promises to sort out some photos for my blog.

Funny thing today was seeing a man playing monopoly with his kids who looked like Kim Jong Young - but he didn't look "so lonely"

Monday, 24 September 2012

Another hot one

Not much to report today. Is very hot so my dad is keeping me out of the sun until I get used to it.

Paul and Aldo went up to start the route but we can't start properly until the film people come. Dad says we have to take a lot of water.

Went climbing this morning and did a two pitch route. The rock here is very slippy and we abseiled down. My feet hurt but only because I got stung by a wasp!

Saw a peregrine falcon when I was belaying my dad.

Hope to have more to report tomorrow.

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Sunday, 23 September 2012

In the Valley

Have arrived in Yosemite after a 9 hour flight and 5 hours in the car. Got to bed at what would be 4 in the morning in English time, so was really tired. Still haven't got my head around time difference. My dad kept pocking me and wouldn't let me sleep until I got there because he said I had to go to sleep in US time.

Slept in a tipi with Alastair, paul and dad. They tried to show me Elcap in the dark but by the time we got to Yosemite I had slightly lost the will to live and could only vaguely make it out.

So we woke up the next day to find that we had no food so sadly (not that sad) so we had to go to my first american diner. We're I had a massive waffle with about a cup full syrup on. Even thought I didn't ask for a pancake but I think the man was to confused with my English accent.

After that we spent most of the day walking around Yosemite seeing the sights and a bit of slack lining and hammocking.

Saw Elcap today and its BIG!!! I'm really exited to start climbing the sooner the better.

Will post photos soon

Funniest thing today: made paul drink some milk that was off.

Cutest thing: saw a squirrel lying on its tummy crawling

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Elcap 2012

Hello thank you for looking at my blog the main purpose for this blog is so my form and classmates can see how im doing while im in america climbing in Yosemite. If you have any questions about the climb please send me a message.