For over 16 years since I became epileptic I've been fighting serious depression, its something I've always felt but more so since my first seizures. No help has been available to me as I cant take anti-depressants and the therapy I was sent to years ago never worked. Anyway up until last month I've dealt with it with alcohol, I was going out drinking heavily a lot recently and it got to ridiculous levels and mixing it with lots of tramadol never helped, well not in the long run anyway. I suddenly saw what I wasn't just becoming but had secretly been for a long time and very clearly knew I had to change direction. I went cold turkey which hasn't been easy but that was 6 weeks ago and I'm happy with the progress I'm making.
Just after quitting I was at Newtyle with a strong team and a clear head, the longest I'd been sober for a very long time and I was climbing better and stronger than I was in my twenties.
Euan,Greg,Simon,Robbie,Joe and Willis at Newtyle
Next up was a yomp up to a crag in Arrochar to start cleaning a big new route which I'm well psyched to get on.
View from above the new route over to Ben Lomond
The following week we had an awesome day up at Nevis Range on the bikes and I dropped into my first section a of black run.
Rhona near the top of the North Face path.
I've spent a few days up the Glen with Chaela doing some of the classics which has been great as ever since I moved here I've usually always been trying new routes, trying to repeat hard stuff or belaying hard stuff, nice not to be stressing. Though I have my eye on a great line up there I've never done before and will be quite a scary lead :)
Chaela walking out from Scimitar in Glen Nevis
Then it was back on the Buachaille with Rhona to go for a quick afternoon jaunt up Curved ridge.
In the clag on the summit of the Buachaille!!