BMC International Summer Meet 2015 - Snowdonia, North Wales

It all started when Martynas forwarded me an email from Lithuanian Alpine Association with an invitation to apply for BMC International Summer Meet in North Wales. Martynas’ email looked something like this: “wanna go? you’d get sick experience”. Quite laconic but straight to the point.

And so I applied. Not really thinking about how many days off I can take or seriously planning anything ahead. But then I got accepted. And then after a couple days of UK trad practice in Pembroke that I managed to squeeze in on weekends, I got on a train to Manchester.

Last Tango in Paris in Slate

Last Tango in Paris in Slate

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Wales #2

Living in London started to seem more and more possible. Usually, a big city life includes meeting friends, going out and occasionally getting drunk. But considering the fact that both of us cannot stand such lifestyle for a long, there is always a recently discovered escape plan - 3 hours train ride to a rocky wilderness.

During my latest visit in London we managed to properly exploit a bank holiday by visiting Anna and Tadas who live in Swansea - a coastal city in Wales. Before our visit, I heard a lot of rumors from my dear local Gedas about what a mellow life they live. Laura has recently approved that. Anyway, I can admit that - sea, a cat, a fireplace, a kitchen and a cozy neighborhood was really the blast!

Pembroke

Pembroke

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Climbing weekend in Wales - it can't get any better

Last Friday I rushed from work straight to Euston station to catch a train to Swansea. After a >3h trip I was met by Tadas who currently lives there with his girlfriend Anna. Both of them are doing their PhD’s in geography, enjoying Wales and living a life that I am totally jealous about.

Me on Deranged, E2 5b

Me on Deranged, E2 5b

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Siurana - Margalef

Long waited trip to sunny Spain has come and gone. It was quite different from any climbing trip I’ve been to. At the same time it was great! We were lucky to have incredible weather - no single drop of rain during all week, awesome company including two hyperactive 4-year-olds, and friendly people we’ve met.

Don't spill it on my mat!

Don't spill it on my mat!

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Sport Climbing at Gold Wall, Table Mountain, California

Work trips to San Francisco are great. You meet loads of very smart people, talk to them, listen and try to absorb as much as you can to later google everything you do not know. I feel that I grow a lot during those days that I spend with my team in Twitter HQ.

No wonder why it's called Gold Wall

No wonder why it's called Gold Wall

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Sertig Ice and Mutteristock Skitour

Past 11 days I spent on the other side of the pond. Coming this way is not that easy, so I’m trying to not sleep until the evening and doing all the works from a never-ending TODO list. One of them is the blog.

As I was not allowed to write any post about the ski-touring day at Mutteristock :), I will only add several pictures from a state-of-the-art “weekend warrior” outing. It was an awesome escape from London for just a couple of days and was totally worth it. Cannot be grateful enough to Martynas, Gedas, Saulė, Aras and all the others for making this happen! Huge thanks!!!

Sertig icefalls in the center

Sertig icefalls in the center

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Kandersteg

I always had troubles trying to understand why ice climbing is so tempting. Bunch of layers, thick mittens and metal tools make this activity look so dissuasive compared to t-shirtless bare hand climbing on a sunny rock of Spaniards. Also, getting cold, wet and damn scared contribute to all this irrationality.

Waterfalls in spring

Waterfalls in spring

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Geyik Bayiri #2

I started the trip on the Christmas Eve at the Heathrow airport. Fortunately, there’s Skype, so I saw the Christmas tree at least through my phone screen. Sounds sad but this was a price to pay for the incredible holidays we had.

After the three flights during the night when you are supposed to hear the animals talking I was met at the Antalya airport by Martynas and the Peak Guesthouses camping lady with the car at 8am in the morning. 40min transfer to the camping and the rocks are 50m away. You can almost belay from your bungallow (only if you have an 80m rope as suggested to Frieder by some very smart girl).

Laura on Müren 7a+ or b

Laura on Müren 7a+ or b

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Last minute escape to Kalymnos

This whole summer was the least summerish I can recall for both of us. Martynas was doing his university project literally all the time, I was looking for a job and that included flying from place to place, interviewing, preparing for the interviews and coding the trial tasks.

Apart form several weekend outings such as a STRCamp festival, LampeTronas multi-sport competition, a trail running race around lake Asveja (both of which I may write about later) or a weekend near Baltic sea, there was not much fun we had this summer.

One week before the end of summer we still had some faith left that we’ll manage to touch some rock before starting studies (Martynas) or job (me) in the middle of September. One day we ran into Vilija while cycling home, had a small chat about how much we crave for some warm rock and bam! we have the flight tickets to Kos - an island just one hour ferry ride away from the climbing paradise in Kalymnos. 

Telendos - a small island with no roads or cars

Telendos - a small island with no roads or cars

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Goodbye Switzerland in Magic Wood

I spent my last weekend in Switzerland bouldering in Magic Wood with Martynas and Povilas. It was an awesome weekend which made me reconsider the options of staying in this country again and again. However, for me bouldering is just one part of a package when choosing a place to live. So, I’ll see.

We started traditionally - leaving Friday after 7pm. All lucky Gleis 7 possessors understands the pros of that. Train, another train, post auto ordered by phone and we’re in the camping of Magic Wood which turns out to be kind of a parking space with toi-toi toilets :) On the other hand,  it’s not that bad, because well… what makes a place great is by a big part the people in it. And the people seemed cool enough - singing and laughing presumably after a good joint :)

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