So here we are. Four months after a drunken conversation in one of the less salubrious drinking establishments of north London, we have launched Crashouts.com.
Sitting in our garden with slightly sore heads we began to work out if our idea had any legs. Armed with a business plan Ollie had written 6 months prior and a fair few cups of tea, we started laying the foundations. With no major commitments or responsibilities in either of our lives we decided to give it a go. The initial time frame was to have the website up and running at the start of August in time for the Autumn climbing season; only a few days late then.
The intervening months were spent choosing the countries and areas we were going to target. Spain and France were obvious contenders for their wealth of climbing and natural beauty coupled with the fact Ollie had been climbing throughout both over the last year.
Countless Skype conversations later we had an outline of what we wanted to build. It has been quite revealing how much extra work this has entailed from our initial prediction, albeit seeing it finally come together has been all the sweeter for it.
Over the coming months, its our target to have plenty of properties for climbers to rent in the major areas of Spain and France. Alongside this we intend to keep updating the information on the website; adding a few more pages and constantly updating the blog from different climbing spots in Spain, France and England.
It should be noted at this point, the real reason for this entire enterprise is to allow Ollie and myself to go climbing under the guise of work. Whilst I’m more than happy to be based in London and looking forward to climbing in British areas from Portland to Malham, I’m slightly envious that Ollie will be climbing in Siurana, Ceuse, The Verdon Gorge and might be stopping off at Fontainebleau.
I should take a moment to say thank you to everyone who gave use permission to use their climbing holiday photos. The response we got from the community was quite staggering and the enthusiastic words of encourage have been great motivation. We intend to add more images to the area pages to showcase all the great images you kindly let us use.
We are really keen to grow the website into a community of holidaying climbers. We want to get you lot involved with features such as voting on favourite routes, and sharing trip reports.