Welcome to Brians blog
Why bother writing a blog?
On many occasions I’ve been inspired by a description of a climb or a photograph in a climbing magazine.
Who knows, maybe one of my blog entries can inspire someone to try a climb or walk a hill.
Please feel free to browse through the links below:
June 2017 The crag booty dilemma – a mid route conundrum
Apr 2017 The Gap Meet and rock climbing in Kerry – A brief tale of a weekend in Kerry
Sept 2016 Kilimanjaro, Feargal Sharkey and Briamox summit night on Kilkmanjaro
Aug 2016 North Wales and the art of Trad Climbing – A trad trip to North Wales
June 2016 Fairhead Meet 2016 A brief account of the MI meet at Fairhead in 2016
Apr 2016 Movement Works – Fixing injuries, improving flexibility and warm up routines with James Hale
Apr 2016 Climbing Howling Ridge – A classic Irish mountaineering day out
Feb 2016 Doolin Bouldering, New Problems Storm Imogen leaves some new problems in Doolin
Feb 2016 Climber friendly Hostel, The Burren a great place to stay in The Burren!
Jan 2016 In search of ice.. In search of good winter mountaineering conditions in Ireland.
Jan 2016 Training your climbing weaknesses Making the effort to address my weaknesses.
Jan 2016 Climbing videos Videos from Climb It and from the Irish climbing scene.
A little info about me:
My name is Brian Bateson. I am originally from Kildare, but it being flat and landlocked I decided to move to Clare. A magical place, on the western edge of Ireland, where friendship, laughter and spending time outdoors in nature is valued most.
I live on the edge of The Burren, where stunning scenery and incredible landscapes can be found everywhere you go.
Its in The Burren where I go climbing most. Hours have been spent, but never lost, at crags like Ailladie, Ballyryan and Lackglass. Its a small community of climbers that live near The Burren all year round. So while getting a belay can sometimes be tough, it only serves to create solid friendships between those who tie in.
Ailladie is clearly the jewel in the crown of the Clare climbing scene. A crag Ive loved and hated in equal measure at times. Its been the scene of some of my most memorable days climbing. Its also been the scene of regular failure and rejection, getting spat off a number of its climbs.
Only a fool fears failure though, because nothing worth achieving should be easy. And if I want them bad enough Ill just have to try harder.
Thank you for reading,