Monday, 25 October 2010

Autumn Gold

Crystal clear skies for courses in the Wye Valley this week, with the Autumn colours creating a magical light. The rock has been pretty cold on the hands in the shade, but warm to the touch in the sunshine, and with the cliffs predominately west facing, this has meant cool mornings and climbs in the sun at a premium.
There have been quite a few teams out taking advantage of the weather -  getting some good climbing  done, despite the daylight hours slipping away, courses too have enjoyed some good conditions,  and some warming hot chocolate at the cafe !
The Autumn sunshine, the  crisp limestone, the smell of woodsmoke and cider apples have all conjoured up memories of the Picos De Europa mountains in Northern Spain - a lovely place to visit at this time of year, and reminded me that I've not visited for over a year - too long !

Thanks to Rachael, Ben, Justine, Phil, Amy and Emily for their company on the courses this week, I hope you all enjoyed the days out as much as I did.

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