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This last week has been a very strange one indeed. It’s been hectic, frantic and surreal – I’m not really sure if any of it has happened to be honest….
The 5.10 Boots that did it all............
Since coming back from the USA last year, there’s been loads of great feedback from mine and Pete Whittaker’s trip and it’s amazing to see (and hear) of some people that are now inspired to climbing some offwidths. God help your souls! Mostly, it’s been reassuring to be back in the climbing community talking the same old banter and getting grief off everyone for how bad my grading on routes is.
This week though, things took a turn for the more weird as an interview that I did with a journalist a few weeks back seemed to slowly seep from the woodwork. The London Metro said “Jammed in a Crevice” the Daily Mail said “They’ve Cracked It” [ha, ha, ha] and the Star stated “It’s Tough at the Top”. What made the popular media interested in this obscure niche of climbing, I really don’t know. Within just a few hours I was asked to do an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield and one for BBC News 24 – crikey, I thought – do they actually know what an offwidth is??!!
Daily Mail antics http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098610/Theyve-cracked-Two-British-climbers-conquer-160ft-fissure-Utah-national-park.html
All in all, it was pretty good fun and I had an interesting insight into some TV and radio studios. I also found out that the Daily Mail comments pages are much funnier than UKC and that climbing forums are proper friendly bunch really. The fun hasn’t quite ended though, as both Pete and I have been asked to do something with Channel Five TV and I have a slot on BBC Sheffield this coming week at 10.35-10.55am (22nd Feb) if you’d like to hear about decisions that changed my life. Makes me sound old and past it?
Here’s the programme’s interviewer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7gs
Pete and I are very honoured to have been awarded a Golden Piton Award for crack climbing. I’m not totally sure what it all means, but with any luck I might be able to melt down the piton to make some ultra-soft RPs???
Contributed by: Tom Randall
Myself and Pete Whittaker are doing some lectures this Spring to tell you all some tall (and wide) stories from our recent trip to the USA where we went off to maul ourselves in a load of upside down offwidths!
We've got a few shows/lectures this Spring and then we're going full on "roadee stylee" in the Autumn when the Hotaches film from our trip comes out! The lecture is neither serious, nor normal. Lots of cool slides and pics from Alex Ekins and exclusive training footage from the offwidth cellar underneath my house that gave the beans for Century Crack, 5.14b.
We will keep the Wide Boyz blog up to date with lectures as they're sorted, but here's a few to keep you going in mean time. Hope to see you there!
23rd Feb - Sheffield, expert night at Adventure Film Festival
2nd March - Kendal Wall, Lake District
31st March - Outside Cafe, Hathersage
Contributed by: Tom Randall