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Katie86

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Has just returned from one of the best adventures she has ever had, if not THE BEST.

Living with an Inuit family near Qik, Baffin Island, walking the 97km of the Akshayuk Pass from Qik to Pang...But double hauling over the first week meant we walked over 140km in 5 days. Exploring the Norman glacier and off the map...navigating crevasse fields in a near white out with rockfall booming all around but lost in the clag (the view, not us). Climnbing Mt Battle, doing uncountable ice cold glacial river crossings. Living in Baffin for 4 weeks, walking over 300km in total.

I love mountaineering, walking and climbing in the UK hills in summer and winter. I've been kayaking for 11 years now and took up caving a few years ago.

I have L2 KAYAK & canoe coach (old syllabus - Sept 2006)
Single Pitch Award (Nov 2010)
ML Training (Sept 2006)
L1 Cave Core Skills Assessment (Apr 2008)
L2 Cave Leader Training (May 2008)

Currently working towards ML (summer) assessment.
Aiming to do IML & MIA.

I live on the Wirral but spend all my spare out in the hills.

This year I've spent:
33 days walking in Snowdonia
26 days walking in Canada
17 days walking in the Lake District
2 days walking in Scotland

7 days climbing in the Lake District
4 days climbing in Snowdonia
2 days climbing in the Peak Distict
1 days climbing in Scotland

Location
On the hill

Best Climbing Experience
Getting back on rock (3 months after dislocating my ankle (fracturing my leg and foot in 3 places) in a fall) and climbing, being unbelievably scared but still managing to finish the route...it was only a diff and I peppered it with gear!!!

Climbing and living on and exploring a glacier for 6 days in Arctic Norway and walking point every day, especially through the crevase fields.

Cneifon arete on a beautiful day in May...
My first outdoor route (little chamonix).
The VD on ampitheatre Wall (Carneddau) and doing the last pitch in the dark.
Dropping into the wrong gully coming off Tryfan, and ending up ab'ing out.
Climbing at Wintours leep...
Doing St Sunday crag (Pinnacle Ridge) on the mountain film festival weekend 08, beautiful route until the snow/sleet/hail driven by the wind decended as we topped out...
I think my best experiences aren't necessarily because they were hard routes, but because the people I was with. I even class some of my major epics as best climbing experiences; I've learnt important things from each one and I seem to look back on them with some halarity.

Recently...teaching my (non climbing) friends how to belay, rig top ropes, abseil and lead...loving it!

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Personal Webpage
http://baffinisland.moonfruit.com

Interests Outside Climbing
WW Kayaking, Caving, Mountain Walking, Scrambling, Gorge Walking, Real Ale, Red Wine...Expeditions...

About My Photography
I'm getting better...

Photo Gallery

Baffin Island with view down pass towards Pangnirtung. Mt Asgard and turner glacier to the right of photo.

Baffin Island with view down pass towards Pangnirtung. Mt Asgard and turner glacier to the right of photo.
© Katie86

June Valley, Auyuittuq National Park , Baffin Island

June Valley, Auyuittuq National Park , Baffin Island
© Katie86

Norman Glacier Camp - Baffin Island

Norman Glacier Camp - Baffin Island
© Katie86

Norman Glacier, Baffin Island Expedition 2010

Norman Glacier, Baffin Island Expedition 2010
© Katie86

Walking the pass in Baffin Island

Walking the pass in Baffin Island
© Katie86

Roped up on Oksfjord Glacier

Roped up on Oksfjord Glacier
© Katie86

A night paddle on Oksfjord, Arctic Norway.

A night paddle on Oksfjord, Arctic Norway.
© Katie86

View of Mt Asgard and Turner Glacier from the summit of Mt Battle.

View of Mt Asgard and Turner Glacier from the summit of Mt Battle.
© Katie86

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Baffin Island 2010 http://baffinisland.moonfruit.com http://baffinisland2010.wordpress.com


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