A short film of me climbing in the Peak District last month. Promoting Paraclimbing and the work of Guide Dogs.
Photo shows Applewatch with text highlighted using voiceover.
I have had my #applewatch nearly a week now and I am really pleased with it. At first it takes a bit of getting used to as the voiceover gestures are slightly different to that of an iPad, iPhone or iPod.
The other main difference is that the apps are a simplified version of what you would find on an iPhone or iPad. The more I use my watch I’m finding that as a ‘voiceover user’ the commands that you have at your fingertips are the ones that you need, so there is less time spent searching for the correct buttons to press.
The initial things that I will be using the watch for are to keep track of my physical activities, and to use it for navigation when out and about with my Guide Dog Annie. This is one of the features that I am most looking forward to using as I will be notified by haptics when I need to turn, rather than having to hold my phone in my hand. Another really great feature that I like is the fact that I can use Apple Pay to pay for things. So, again instead of having to get my phone out at a contactless PayPoint I can just use my watch, which makes me feel even more safe and secure. So, now I don’t need to use a gorilla grip hold when holding my phone to pay for things as it stays safely in my pocket.
After a long break of 18 months I finally made it back outside. It was so great to be back on real rock.
I had gone on a club meet down to Cornwall where we climbed at Sennen. This is a great place for me to climb as the access is very easy. We walked along the coast path then over a small patch of boulders and then you are at the top of the cliff. We set up the belays and then abseiled in. The weather was good. It was a bit blowy on top of the crag, but once we had abseiled down to sealevel we were out of the wind and the sun was shining brightly. We subsequently proceeded with the first climb which was Civvy route, a HS. Then we moved on to Demo route, which was also a HS.
I hope that the good weather continues and I can get more climbs done outside this year.
I can honestly say that if you told me what I would do, I would have not have believed you.
So the training began. In an earlier post I did a very detailed write up of our first training day on Tryfan, where we climbed North Ridge. We planned the climb for July 2015, so we had a good 6 months to plan & train.
While all this was going on I was still training and competing in International competitions. First up was Imst. then Chamonix which was just one week before we set of to Switzerland.
After the Eiger came the last IFSC comp held in Sheffield, also the National Paraclimbing Series had started with the first being in Scotland, where I came first.
Video by Andy Colthart
This coming year has international competitions, including the world championships and our new project which we are calling Voyage to the tallest wall in Europe. A kayaking adventure in Norway. Plans are still at an early stage with me and Mark needing to learn new skills. If you would like to help please get in touch. www.johnchurcher.co.uk
After doing the Eiger back in July things slowly got back to normal.Training for the paraclimbing series began with the first competition being in scotland in September. Jump forward to November and two comps later, so far i have won each round with the final one in Manchester at the begining of December.
While all this was going on me and Mark were trying to work out what our next project could be.
We finally decided it would be a two part adventure, the first part will be a 500km kayak through the Fords & rivers of Norway, the second part will begin where the kayak ends which is at the base of the tallest wall in Europe also in Norway, The troll wall. http://www.norwaykayakclimb.blogspot.co.uk Plans are slowly coming together. We are supporting climbout.co.uk & Deafclimbinguk. We also have our first sponsor onboard, buffwear.co.uk
I also gave my first talk about how i got into climbing and the story of our journey to the Eiger all in preparation for me talking at the BMC’s Disability symposium at the end of November at the Calvert trust in the Lake district.
Have a look at this 1min film of Me & Mark on the BBC website.
Check out the official film trailer of the Eiger paraclimb2015.