Thursday, 16 July 2009

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Haresfield, Best Photos

Haresfield Beacon: a Child in a Sweet Store

And so, like an excitable child approaching a sweet store, I tore across the hillside, eager to get my long awaited go at the rock climbing on Haresfield Beacon. Chaperoned by an unimpressed brother and an amused girlfriend I had a fun filled hour sampling the many delicious problems the tiny Gloucestershire crag has to offer. Although small, the Beacon has a wealth of routes and problems to keep any climber occupied for several hours. My absolute favourite problem (so far) had to be a boulder out of a cave using a snug fitting fist jam for the left hand. I haven't completed it yet without the aid of the side walls for the feet; this will remain a nice Jamie problem for the future. 

I really just can't wait to go back! 

(The photography was shot by Josh and Emily and I'm amazed at how well some of the shots have turned out; I particularly like the initial photo below taken by Em!)

Monday, 6 July 2009

The Belayer

The Belayer from Jamie Maddison on Vimeo.

An experiment with long shot filming (no tripod unfortunately) as well as some art house-esk filler for my blogspot. The intent was to try and capture the sort of atmosphere and feeling of the belayer, an action that is largely ignored in climbing media despite its integral part of the climbing process.

However I am pretty sure this short isn't very successful; I even suspect it of being just plain boring! Serves me right for trying to be so arty. 

N.B. I am stuck at home without climbing and desperately trying to do pull ups on door frames and other such nonsense in an effort to keep my body in fit bouldering shape. Me thinks I have gone quite mad!