Today Malta celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom, and the day is of course a public holiday. I took advantage of this long weekend by packing in a lot of climbing, and trying to get into the habit of taking a camera with me, either the mirrorless or even a small action cam. It shows that I have been climbing a lot lately, as I can feel my confidence and abilities improve. I’m rather chuffed that I finally led my first route at the grade of 7a this weekend. Not that that’s any hard by the standards of modern athletes, but for myself it’s still meaningful. I also opened three new trad routes in recent weeks, which is always an enjoyable experience. (More on this when I find some time to prepare the topos.)
So perhaps it’s appropriate that the photo I’m sharing today shows the lovely cliffs at Wied il-Għasel, in nearby Mosta, which I visit often enough for climbing. I took this while waiting for my climbing partner, as the morning sun lights up the west side of the valley. The chapel dedicated to St Paul the Hermit can be seen in the cave on the left.