Last Saturday 19th Jan we spent the day at Northfleet big local running a fun workshop for all ages look what this little fellow created ! Its great working with the very talented Jackie Byrne BUT you must admit I’m the better looking one ! ?
Gravesham Arts Sponsored artists Jackie Byrne & Fiona Spirals are pleased to offer
Free ‘Creative Art’ Workshops at St Andrews Arts Gravesend
The Inside Out project
Come along & join in Sunday 13 Jan 10th Feb 10th March 7th April
19 Royal Pier Road Gravesend Kent DA12 2BD
I have pleasure in announcing that I’m sponsored artist for Gravesham arts 2018/2019 . Working along side artist Jacqueline Byrne. Our project called ‘ Inside Out’ we will running workshop & exhibiting next year.
Lost in the landscape. Out the front door early hot foot to the marsh . Must catch the sunrise . Oh and what a sunrise with mist and all the trimmings. Walked the sound tunnel to the sea wall , lost in bird sound. Now having breakfast, with two sketches under my belt. I’ve won the day.
Freeing El Cap is something most climbers want to do when they get to a certain level.
Everything about the wall, it’s beauty, history, height and the hard nature of the climbing make freeing el cap the ultimate goal for a good climber. And yet that goal can do nothing to prepare you for the spectacular and unique experiences of just being on the wall.
I first started climbing over ten years ago when our children, Naomi and Tom, were young and had joined a local climbing group organised by Fiona! My husband, Mark, had learnt how to belay so they all encouraged me to have a go. I was absolutely terrified as I hate heights, but once I started to achieve certain grades and learnt how to belay, I was hooked!
Today, climbing is very beneficial, as it helps keep me fit and reduce my stress levels as I have a very demanding job as a midwife. I find whilst climbing, I can’t worry about work as I’m concentrating on the climb! Once you have completed a route, you feel a sense of achievement both physically and psychologically! I have also found fellow climbers to be a sociable bunch and have made some good friends over the years.
As a family we have arranged climbing holidays to various places in the UK and abroad as climbing is a shared interest which we can all discuss and support each other. One year we visited Tenerife and climbed in an area called Canada del Capricho on Mount Teide. The climbing area is inside the caldera and is surrounded by the remains of ancient volcanic activity. One day Mark and Tom persuaded me to do a 20m climb called Via del Diedro in the sector knowns as El Diedro (The Dihedral). At 4a, the climbing itself was easy enough but I remember feeling very exposed. Set on a high plateau with flat ground all round, broken only by the massive outcrops of pyroclastic rock, this a very different feel to the edges and sea-cliffs we are familiar with in the UK. Everywhere I looked were volcanic towers and in the distance the walls of the old volcano. Although I enjoyed the climb I was quite relieved to reach the top; my heart was racing! Tom then called out asking me to turn round for a picture. At this point I was quite agitated with him as I didn’t want to increase my already heightened sense of exposure and, despite the fact that he had been nothing but supportive through out, I very loudly told him to f**k off!
Ever since then this is route has been called my “F**k off !“ climb.
The imposing schist prow of Dalriada on the North Peak of the Cobbler in the Arrochar Alps, Scotland, is an iconic climb that sees relatively few ascents given the many stories it has to tell and the breathtaking images captured there over the years. Dalriada is, for me, the epitome of hard, adventurous climbing in Scotland.
Executing move after move, almost without thinking, I approach the final headwall and utter soft words of reassurance, trying not to contemplate the possibility of success. I’m not afraid of falling off; deep down I’m more terrified of failure in this moment than I’ve ever been in my life. I blank it out. Ignore it. Still shaking, I arrive just below the top, physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. ‘You’re kidding me!’ I whisper as I pull gingerly onto the safety of a ledge. Success.