25 May 2008

This past month

Well its been along time since i posted on the blog so i thought i'd better write another one sometime. I've been getting out regulary since my last post, Castle Rock, Gouther, Windmore, Hoff and Lops Wath of course the wall and its been good! At Gouther i did my first multipitch, Truss Buttress VDiff which was fantastic! We also climbed Scabby Horse a VS 4c which was a good and suprisingly unstarred route. That was a brilliant evenings climbing after a stressful school day in which i had 2 Spanish exams (aiy aiy aiy).
Castle Rock was awesome, at first we couldn't find it (how thick were we?!!) but after we found it and made the 15 minute slog up it was unbelievable! Kleine Rinne which according to Babelfish means Small Gutter (VS 4c) was briliant, my Dad found it abit tricky and couldn't make moves stepping out of the groove its an absolutely fantastic climb an the view from the belay is superb! After this we climbed Via Media (S) which is normally climbed in more than one pitch but Ashley linked it all in one, its a fantastic climb, Dad fell on it (it wasn't a good night for him)
Been up to Windmore End several times not alot to say really it a good crag but if its windy at Brough up ther its like a tornado. The Hoff is good I top roped some E3 6a but forgot my wires so i couldn't lead anything. Last Thursday me and Dad went up to have a look at Lops Wath, a small grit outcrop about 6 miles from Kirkby Stephen, its nice its right next to the road and has good solid rock. On the topo it looks small and the crag itself it no more than 7 or 8 metres high but the ground below the crag drops steeply away making it feel much much scarier. There are still a few gaps left to be filled in, the Nose hasn't been climbed direct, there is a blank slab that could be about E3 possibly harder and a big little roof with only one line that follows a crack at the right hand side that could be tricky. Right next to the road there is a big bunch of boulders that could give some very good problems with a bit of cleaning. A climbed 2 new problems on the boulder near the old carriage. The first is a sitting start on good holds then a slap to a hold on the lip then rock over to top out, bit of a one move wonder and is probaly only V1. The other problem is on the other side of the boulder it goes from standing at V1 (height dependent im 5ft 7in). There are two slopey indents that you do a dynamic move from to reach the lip then just top out, a fun variation is to try it only using one hand.

So thats whats been going on this past month in my climbing life its half term this week so im going to be climbing loads.

Bye Bye

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