New Routes at Monolith Buttress and Crucifix Cave

This write-up has been a long time coming. Far too long, in fact, given that I opened the ‘new’ routes almost two years ago. Unfortunately, unlike my earlier endeavours with Hendrik, these were only single lines on already well-established walls, so they ended up on the back burner. Here they are, though, finally seeing the light of day, in the hope that others will go … Continue reading New Routes at Monolith Buttress and Crucifix Cave


Today’s blog post has been a long time coming. Several months ago, my friend Ken adopted a Sicilian rescue puppy. She’s a delightful Labrador / Border Collie mix, and has clearly seen some unpleasant stuff in her short life, as she was rather shy and skittish around new people. I say ‘was’ but in fact one can see lingering effects still. Though I must say … Continue reading Cersei

Christina Climbing at Garbage Wall

I’ve been meaning to share these photos for a while, but things conspired over the last several weeks to derail most of our plans. Now I’m finally catching up on things, so here we are, with a series of photos I took on a relatively recent climbing outing. The crag is known as Garbage Wall, next to Blind Cave, both of which had a number … Continue reading Christina Climbing at Garbage Wall

Hendrik Leading Skappatura Trad

I must say I haven’t been doing much photography lately, so this week’s recent photo goes back a couple of months to a climbing session in Blind Cave / Garbage Wall on the Victoria Lines. I have already shared a few photos from this session, if you want to take a look. This time the photos are of my friend Hendrik-Jan leading the route Skappatura … Continue reading Hendrik Leading Skappatura Trad

Matrix on Bird’s Nest Wall Direct

This summer doesn’t seem to be like others in the last few years. Maybe I have been on this rock too long already, and the many little annoyances are making themselves felt. Maybe it’s the never-abating traffic. Or perhaps it’s climate change and what seems to be a hotter-than-usual summer. And it’s not like I enjoyed our summer here before. I guess what I’m saying … Continue reading Matrix on Bird’s Nest Wall Direct

San Pawl tat-Tarġa

Summer is a tricky time in Malta. Many visit these islands in summer, specifically because of the weather (and more often than not I guess also because of other constraints). The expected sunny days, blue skies, and balmy Mediterranean evenings must make the adverts write themselves. And it sure has its advantages. But as a resident, the reality also includes other considerations. Most outdoor activities … Continue reading San Pawl tat-Tarġa