/ Partner with more experience
I'm 44, have a static caravan in snowdonia so accomodation always available, I 'm midlands based but free to travel every other weekend and keen as hell to second some harder routes. Winter stuff is my bag, did a trip to Rjukan last year leading WI3, done a couple wkend of courses with Alan Kimber including advanced mountaineering, did a 5 day course in Alps and summited Mont Blanc via Gouter route but now looking for someone to take me to the next level. I have full rack (summer and winter)If you can help please get in touch.
When I reached what I considered a pretty good alpine grade- TD; I found it frustratingly difficult to find a regular climbing partner. The sheer engagement of such routes requires absolute faith in each member of the partnership. Result ? I found ocasional partners for one route,
a week-end or slightly longer period using the net or old methods such as the exercise book at Cham ! No regrets ! No accidents ! A few emotional moments, like the night spent in the Canzio bivvy on the Grand Jorasses traverses when I hoped that dawn would never come ! Well,it did and we eventually got to the Boccalatte hut safe and sound. Just lets say, we didn't keep in touch !
I reckon it's worth finding someone who wishes to progress pretty much as you do and do it together. A good partner is worth his or her weight in gold !
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