The last month has been a mixed bag for the Alpkit team and staff who were out and about doing things as the summer solstice formed feats of epic endurance in people minds.The tail end of May saw Nick and Ken take on the Welsh Ride Thing again as Nick tested his TLimit, while Paul Errington took part in the first Highland Trail 400 or for him, the 'Highland Bail' as he later reflected.
There had been murmurings of numerous things plannedfor the shortest night and the excitement got too much for Col who simply couldn't wait and got in there early at the start of the month. Dragging Ken with him he ended up battling the english bridleways along 'The Col's Way' for 21 hours before they crushed him. Ken then went on to rub salt in Col's wounds by riding the Pennine Bridleway double the following weekend. (oh... that's the original, shorter, route rather than the new extended one)
Anna Wells got off to a slower than planned, but by no means less enjoyable, start to her summer of Alpine summits as she attempts to complete the full set of 82 4000ers. We'll be trying to track her down and keep an eye on further progress through the next couple of months.
We love Bens chat as he gets the products coming through the factory, and while reflecting on a recent trip to Kalymnoshe goes and makes some bold claims that he will go for the 3 big climbing 8's this year. Having got his 8a sport route we look forward to the other 2. No pressure then Ben, we'll all be watching!
Vin Cox spent a busy May and start of June working on the new Mountain Mayhem course at Gatcombe Park and saw it all came together as the 2013 edition of this 24hr mountain bike race got underway. Helen Lloyd started the first leg of her Take On Asia expedition, heading out across Russia by train.
With the longest day upon us it was experience that came through from Alpkit HQ as Derrick 'Curving Arete' Bolger idled out the office and promptly dispatched 21 routes at Stanage that evening. 21 on 21.
Lee Peyton supported Garry Mackay as he completed theWest Highland Way racejust shy of 27 hours. Whilst during the day Dave Garry was living out a Mid Summers Dream testing his ankle and ticking off a damp gritstone crag with 40 odd routes in 3 hours, jumping on his bike for 40 miles before seeing out the long evening with a decent curry and a medicinal drop of wine.
June also saw Claire O'Hara back training at her old stomping ground of Holme Pierrepont before heading out to Idaho for the Payette River Games. In other kayaking news July will see two expeditions get underway Kayak Borneowill set off at the end of the month, but first will be BUKE. June saw the team dispersed in various parts of the world putting the hours on the water. However, with recent problems in the Karakoram region their original destination has been scuppered and they are now rapidly changing tack to plan B - Ethiopia. More news to come soon, but looks like some nice waterfalls!
and finally a huge congratulations to Beth Monks who completed her university degree this month.