But as a brief interlude, here are some photos from the Dolomites last weekend.
The first set of photos is from Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. Due to a rather large avalanche risk and snow covering all the crevasses on the Glacier, we didn't aim for the top, but more to just play around a bit and have fun practicing various mountain techniques.
The second load of photos is from a via ferrata around Arco, just north of Lago di Garda. Rated 3C by the guide book, most of it wasn't technically difficult, although it was about 1000m straight up the cliff face with very little chance of retreat. We also managed to accidentally find an alternative beginning to it, which was rather more difficult. Somewhat disconcerting as we knew we were not on route, and really did not want 5 hours of the level of climbing we had at the beginning - but fortunately this 'false' start led us onto the correct route after an hour or so detour and we climbed the thing we intended to.
Just now, somewhat stressed out about what I'll be doing next year - but hopefully I'll have this all sorted out in the next few weeks.
Other than that, work, work, work...
Oh, and I found a new Polish housemate :)