Throughout the winter I have been dressed as shown in Photo 1, with the orange jacket. For the spring, it looks like I will be dressed as shown in Photo 2 with the yellow jacket. Whoever would have guessed?
It's good to be contributing in some small way, and until such time as I can start to post climbing photos again, I think I'll post the occasional snippet about what is going on in our food/grocery/essential 'stuff' supply chain.
However, don't forget that I'm running 1:1 video call training in whatever climbing/mountaineering topics are relevant to you. ... See MoreSee Less
It will come as no surprise to anyone that 'The Summit is Optional' is currently closed to what one might call normal business - meaning outdoor mountain-based activities and indoor climbing.
For anyone on my support/development programmes, obviously we can continue our email/telephone conversations. Similarly, I remain open to further bookings of this sort or to coaching/tuition by video-conferencing.
This situation will remain until government advice suggests that we can resume our normal lifestyles and business. As you can imagine, I am very much looking forward to that day. In the meantime, I am also taking provisional bookings, on more flexible terms, for dates in the summer in the hope that we will be back outdoors by then.
Until then, two things have become quite important to me. First, earning some sort of small income because, unlike those in employment, the government looks set to to do little or nothing for the self-employed. Second, doing something that I think makes a positive contribution in this time of national crisis.
Therefore, you will now find me replenishing shelves in the Skipton branch of Tesco or, if you really want a laugh, you may catch me operating one of the checkout tills.
Elfyn Jones, BMC access officer and member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue said:
“There's been a lot of talk about justifying why we can still climb or hill-walk safely within our capabilities and that, somehow, we can do this without affecting anyone else or impacting spread of the virus. The simple fact is - we can't. Please stop.”