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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by markvnh on December 15, 2014, 04:18:34 PM »
Laughing my ass off John. No grit routes this trip so it's a climbing bust - but not a beer bust! A couple more pints at dinner in a 300 or so year old pub called Scott Arms in Kingston down on the south coast near Poole!

SNeoh -your not gonna like this! Ive gotten to three or four Chelsea matches a year for the last four years. I met a guy drinking a beer in a pub about five years ago and we just started talking. At one point he asked me if I knew anything about soccer - and I said football - and he was all ears. Told him I followed the premiership a bit and was surprised that a "yank" would do that. When he asked if I had a favorite team and I said Chelsea he said I was his new best American friend.

We've become great friends - I get lotsa 2:00 am london time phone calls from the pub!

He works in the football field and has for years - addidas, Glasgow Celtic, Man U and now has his own company. So, one of his good friends whom I've met at the Chelsea offices is head of licsencing. If we can't get tix on the open market we ring him up and in we're in. In fact this time I actually made the call to the guy at Chelsea and tix were on the way to Derek's (we pay face value). Ive actually met the president of Chelsea - abromovich's right hand man.

Over the last few years I've seen all the big teams - Man U, city, arsenal, spurs, everton, Liverpool and lesser teams like hull city on Saturday. Been to two champions league matches too. And will probably schedule a business trip to see them play paris SG in the next round. We actually had two tix to the champions league final last year in Lisbon (he has benifica connections and it was at their stadium). Unfortunately chelsea lost to athletico so we sold them.

So, getting back to beer - if I'd not stopped in that pub for a beer and met Derek I'd not have this great friend but also a football and beer mate when I come to England.

And oh boy do we pub crawl!

A bit long winded...sorry!

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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by strandman on December 15, 2014, 03:45:20 PM »
if you don't get at least one Grit route in ,,then it's a bust  ;D
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by sneoh on December 15, 2014, 01:16:32 PM »
Oh, I am SO JEALOUS.  You lucky b&%$#ard!! 
Chelsea game to boot.  Oh my!  Top of The League.  How did you even score the tickets?  I do not even want to know how much they cost!!

We absolutely need a separate Trip Report.  Write it up on the long ride back to State side.  Have a great stay!
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by markvnh on December 15, 2014, 11:17:51 AM »
Been in the UK since Friday - lotsa great hand drawn pints of real English ale! Too many to even remember. And Saturday was a very long pub crawl prior to a Chelsea football match and of course afterwards too! Too bad it's so hard to find a real hand drawn pint of ale back home!
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by sneoh on December 15, 2014, 10:42:51 AM »
Berkshire Drayman's Porter is still a great beer !!
Agreed  but it keeps me awake (NOT UP!) deep into the wee hours.  if not, I will be having a lot more of it.
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Rock Climbing: Sport / Re: Early Sport Climbing ?
« Last post by pappy on December 15, 2014, 10:07:27 AM »
I led the third pitch of Bishop's Jaggers, which was pretty mellow, easy 5.8 I think they called it, but had one bolt in a 150'. So I climbed and climbed and finally about 80' out saw the bolt--20' down and to the right--thought about it for a second and decided 'f--ck it, no way it's worth downclimbing to clip that' and just kept going. That's the problem with TTO, it's just completely out of a character for the area. Besides, seems to me that 'slab sport climb' should be an oxymoron.
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Rock Climbing: Sport / Re: Early Sport Climbing ?
« Last post by eyebolter on December 15, 2014, 09:59:16 AM »
I got lost on I think the same pitch, lol.  It was pretty moderate but totally unprotected and Paula asks me "Do you see any bolts?"   Yeah, about 50 feet due right of me.....
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Climbing NOT (Bitch & moan) / Re: The Beer Thread
« Last post by strandman on December 15, 2014, 09:44:28 AM »
Berkshire Drayman's Porter is still a great beer !!

Always were a kilt when drinking heavy.. :o
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Rock Climbing: Sport / Re: Early Sport Climbing ?
« Last post by strandman on December 15, 2014, 09:41:12 AM »
Good point Ward..it was bolted in EB's  and some rain..must have been gripping. Quite few Valley routes now have bolts all over because of better shoes.  Anchor's Away is brutal.
I got lost on P 5 Crest Jewel ?  once and clipped one bolt in 150'

S---QQ 5.8 max
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Ice & Winter Climbing / Best alpine climbing glove for sub-zero temps?
« Last post by Nico on December 15, 2014, 09:33:51 AM »

What's the best glove for sub zero alpine technical climbing?
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