Friday, 8 June 2007

Thursday 7 June - Dow Crag

Eliminate A - VS 4c ***. With Joseph Dixon.

The Desicion Maths AS Exam this morning, went quite well. Who care I've done 'em all now. The summer of climbing lies ahead. After the exam we jumped in Joe's car, went to his for lunch and then to Coniston. It had been ages since I went to Dow and i took the wrong tunring on the walk in, making it much steeper! I won't make that mistake again. It was really muggy and humid on the walk in, I was dripping by the foot of the crag.

Anyway, what a route, 6 stunning pitches, good gear and interesting climbing throughout. Joe and I swung leads. Although we could have run it together as 3 long pitches it was great fun to climb slowly and mull over such a stunning route. Pitch 5 was the best, with a brilliant moves as you traverse across the slab, under the overhang with all that space beneath you feet. Superb. Maybe the best VS in the Lakes?

From the summit with donned our boots, climbing on to the summit. We then walked down to the col, dumping our rucksacks and nipping on to Coniston Old Man. We then walked back passed the crag and down the car. A stunning route on a stunning day.

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