The Climber's Wife

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In Sickness and in Health (Part II)

Posted on August 31, 2015

The Climber waved me goodbye from the glass and chrome Berlin Hauptbahnhof and off I zoomed on a comfortable German train.  Unfortunately the comfort only lasted about 20 minutes until someone came to sit in my seat.  It turns out that there is a step in the booking process where you are supposed to secure an actual seat number and we’d somehow missed that.  So, true to form, I rode the rest of the way sickly curled up in a ball in front of the toilet compartment.  I did so calling showers of blessings on my genius self for having booked a night at the Sheraton at Frankfurt Airport.  I struggled off the train and into the waiting arms of a proper hotel complete…

In sickness and in Health (Part I)

Posted on August 31, 2015

On a quiet morning in the dappled light of the pine forest, the Climber and I made our way through the raspberries (nibbling quite a few on the way) to a little crag in the Frankenjura.  It’s a very pretty spot, tall trees above and a springy carpet of pine needles below.  The rock was a bit damp from the light overnight rain but not wet. The Climber did a few laps on some of the harder stuff (easy for him) and I tested out my lead head with a few 5a+’s.  I felt awesome!  Sure it’s easy climbing (the jugs were big enough for wildflowers to grown in) but it felt so good to not be vomitusly terrified.  I ended the day tired…

Top five things that you need for a camping trip (that you didn’t know you needed)

Posted on November 9, 2013

Disclaimer: you do not actually need any of the items on this list to go camping. 1. IPL. Yes, that’s right, intense pulsed light laser therapy. You need to permanently remove all of your unwanted body hair before you go camping. This might sound a little extreme, after all couldn’t you shave while you’re away or wax beforehand or just live with a bit of fuzz? Sure you can if you are one of those lucky blondes or red heads or darker skinned people born with the extremely undervalued genetic advantage of virtually no visible body hair. You people can throw caution to the wind and skip off into the sunset of camping adventures with never a thought for your poor fair-skinned-dark-haired friends. They…

What I have learnt after one year of marriage and climbing

Posted on October 20, 2013

I have heard it said that the first year of married life is the hardest. I can see why that might be, even for couples who have been together for years before marriage: there is a new set of social, joint and individual expectations. There is the dawning realisation that you agreed to spend the rest of your life with this person and you have rather foolishly gotten to know them so well (and vice versa) that you both know exactly what buttons to push to drive each other completely, frothingly, mad inside of twenty seconds. That said, if this is the hardest year, the rest of our marriage and life is going to be completely freeking awesome. Mooching around Europe with your beloved…