Buttermere full of bloody tourists. The farmer will have made a bob or two with his parking feild. The walk was steep as usual. High Crag was suprisingly quiet. Started on Delilah. A lovely VS with varried climbing. I lead it in one pitch. Bombproof gear all the way up. Tom seconded the route slowly with numb hands!
Tom Ripley leading the crux on The Philistine
The Philistine - E1 5b *** - High Crag. With Tom Parker
A great route, that i've wanted to do for ages. It lived up to its reputation and was a briliant exspirence. Middle of the grade. Good gear when needed, but never felt too bold. A short difficult section with gear by your waist and then a few run out sections, but every nut was bomber. I managed to drop 3 wires of my harness half way up! Bummer! Fortuanatley i found 2 of them and had found another of the other size at Castle Rock. Tom fell off due to cold hands, so I lowered him down (interesting when you are using a magic plate! I then Abbed and cleaned the route. A stunning pitch that lived up to its exspectations. One of the best E1s i've done in the Lakes. Nearly as good as Red Edge.