It seems that the sun really is shining on the righteous these days because I've just spent a week under perfect blue sky on the Maltese island of Gozo, and have now returned to a Chamonix enjoying its first good weather for 3 weeks.
The climbing in Gozo was great and whilst it seemed that it has more to offer the higher grade climbers than those pootling around in the 6's like me, the situations, virtually guaranteed weather and solitude more than make up for any small downsides. We didn't climb on Malta but looking through the excellent guidebook (buy it here) I think there is a huge amount to do, so you could do a lot worse than spending a week or 2 climbing there in the autumn.
Easy but superbly positioned climbing on Wied il-Mielah. Photo Nick Taylor.
Trying to decide between another route or a jump in the sea.
An undeveloped sector at Mgarr Ix-Xini.
Sharon climbing at Wied El-Mielah with a pretty wild sea below.
Of course, it wasn't all climbing....