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Welsh stone lifting trip + pics/vids

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:57 am
by David Horne
We got back yesterday from our trip to Wales. Lovely break away, no internet, or mobile phone.

Anyway lots of photos and videos which I'll upload over the next day or so.

Firstly Trevor and Gwyn were great guys, and also Reuben Hughes who lifted with us at both stones.

Criccieth Stone – 4th March 2012
(177.5k smooth egg shaped stone)
The ground was wet, and so was the stone. The stone was never fully dry whatever we did.

I had about 5 attempts, and lifted it twice. My best lift being 9” high. Checked on my video against the height of my boots.

Reuben Hughes lifted it to a similar height to myself. He has large hands, and long arms, and can clamp his arms all the way round. He works with stone all day (dry stone walling), and has great strength. Nice guy as well.
I wasted a couple of efforts trying Reuben’s style, thinking it would be better, when in reality the bearhug style I trained with was ultimately the best style for me.

Nick McKinless lifted it to knee height, getting it on his knees, but with the stone flopping forward he couldn’t fully get it comfortable to do anything with it. Super effort!

Reuben’s 70 year old father had a go too, but it didn’t move. He had big strong hands too, and was a lovely bloke.

After we signed the book.

Ysbyty Ifan Stone – 6th March 2012
(300lb Husafell style stone)
We enjoyed the trip in the 4 wheel drive (especially Lucy and Sally) to get to the stone!

Nick lifted the stone to chest height, but hurt both his biceps.

Reuben Hughes lifted the stone twice to his chest, and tried to shoulder it, but couldn’t. He had a couple of attempts after this, but was tired.

I lifted the stone to chest.
On my second effort I lifted the stone to my chest, and walked 62 feet (measured by tape), with one turn.

Tom (Reuben’s friend) tried, but couldn’t break the stone off the floor.

Gwyn enjoyed watching and said it was the best he’d seen with the stone.

After we signed the book.

The week trip to North Wales was filled with so much other stuff too (climbing, etc), and it all came about because of Roger Davis' research into the stones – thank you!
It’ll be a few weeks before the skin on my right forearm heals. I’ve never lost so much skin on a stone!

David

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 3:11 pm
by Nuno Couto
this post made me look those stones up! the Criccieth Stone seems awesome! the Ysbyty Ifan Stone I couldn't find any photos of it but I will see it in those videos :D glad everything went great

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 6:36 pm
by Rob Russell
Sounds like an awesome trip David, looking forward to the pics!

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:18 pm
by MARKR
Sounds like a great Trip David

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:59 pm
by David Horne
I'll get some pics and vids up tomorrow.
Been very busy trying to get up to speed today.

Right off to watch some telly and chill.

One thing I should say, is at these kind of things you meet great people, and have a thoroughly enlightening time with close friends!
Wonderful memories - Cheers all! 8-)

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:44 am
by Jarrod Riordan
Sound's like it was a Good Trip. Congrat's on the Lift of Both Stones.

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip + pics/vids

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:28 pm
by David Horne
Thanks

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Me lifting the 177.5k Criccieth Stone – 4th March 2012

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Nick McKinless lifting the 177.5k Criccieth Stone – 4th March 2012

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Me beside the 177.5k Criccieth Stone – 4th March 2012

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip + pics/vids

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:37 pm
by David Horne
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Reuben Hughes lifting the 177.5k Criccieth Stone – 4th March 2012

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Line up (L/R) Reuben Hughes, Nick McKinless and myself in Criccieth – 4th March 2012

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip + pics/vids

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:44 pm
by Nuno Couto
awesome pics!

Re: Welsh stone lifting trip + pics/vids

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:46 pm
by David Horne
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Me lifting the 300lb Ysbyty Ifan Stone – 6th March 2012

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Nick McKinless lifting the 300lb Ysbyty Ifan Stone – 6th March 2012

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Reuben Hughes lifting the 300lb Ysbyty Ifan Stone – 6th March 2012