Its been a few days since I have written about the UK and I am a little undecided as to how I should capture this lovely place. Right now, I am very settled in a little town called Beverley just north of Hull is the beautiful county English of Yorkshire. I am staying with my friends David and Nick. Life is very stable right now and I am quite content with this at the moment.
My days consist of a very simple routine and this makes me feel very comfortable about life. One thing that I have missed at times is a routine. Despite what we all think, it really does give you focus and it is sustainable. Being out of your comfort zone continually is a very demanding place to live.
I can now honestly say that sometimes it gets very tiring galavanting around the world. I know you are all thinking “What a crock of shit!”. I know I live a life less ordinary, however being settled right now is just what I need. Karine has gone back to France for a few weeks to catch up with friends and to have time with family.
One of the many reasons for coming to the UK was to catch up with some people I had met on my travels and spend more time with them. I have been blessed on my trip and the people I have met are really wonderful. Some incredible characters and others just down right “good humans”.
Another reason for being here is my visa. As an Australian citizen I can only stay and enjoy Europe for a total of 3 months every 6 months. I don’t like it but thats the way it is. If I over stay as long as I would like to, I would be deported and banned from returning for at least ten years…..not good!
The big reason is that the UK is without a doubt the smallest, yet most geologically diverse place for rock climbing I have travelled to. Just an hour away north is the North York Moors, an hour and a half south west is the Peak District and three hours north west is the Lakes District.
Although the travel seems a little long, it is not that far when you have the opportunity to experience a plethora of UK climbing history. Quality limestone, both natural and in repurposed quarries, sandstone bouldering, Welsh quarried slate and flowstone, southern chalkstone and some horrendous choss. Oh and of course the famous British gritstone. I am pretty sure there is some granite hidden away somewhere just for good measure too.
On a brighter note, I am super motivated to train again and get my fitness back up to where it was in September last year and better. I am very fortunate to have a great training facility at my disposal and believe me I am taking full advantage of this. I have also had the opportunity to have some coaching from one of the best climbers in the world and the UK’s own Neil Gresham. More on that later.
Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.
– Bear Grylls