no not the company, the ice and snow.
As other friends have commented, Ramon and Rob. So far this winter is turning into a bumper and the Christmas pudding hasn't even been covered in brand and set alight.
The UK is gripped by a fantastic winter and whilst others complain and find it hard to deal with, I am pinning for the horrendous walkins, the spindrift and the hot aches. I have seen friends posts about some great success (Rob) and have many things to look forward to, like 5 days away with Nik seeing what is in, accessible and climable. Then Jan is a law to itself, watch condition and try to get a couple of weekends, pulling, scrapping and teetering up some challenging fear inducing routes.
As others head for the comfort of Christmas' eating, drinking and relaxing, it is likely the training for a certain trip to Kandersteg will increase, both in and "around" the home and at un-disclosed locations across the South of England. Then end of Feb and March are bound to bring further bounty in the hills and mountains of the UK. I am getting very excited!
So I cross my fingers for the cold conditions to remain, to my friends off to comps - wishes of great success and to all safe and uber winter climbing trips and adventures.
It is so close now I can feel the spindrift trickling down the back of my neck and into my jacket.