Monday, 6 August 2007

Tuesday 24 July - Pavey Ark.

Brockenclock - E2 5a 5c 5b - ***. With Francis Blunt.

After getting rained off the Borrowdale and failing pathetically at the Bowderstone. We descided Pavey Ark and an early start was best bet. Left mine at 7:30. Walking up to the crag with a winner of the LAMM A class was knackering. Francis lead the first pitch to warm himslef up. I'm glad as even seconding it was a firece warm up! Francis the lead the imaculet, but short 5c slab, which was awsome. I then lead the steep 5b pitch, which was quite impressive for me, as I normally avoid anything close to an overhang. Francis ran it out in a long easy pitch to the top. Spot on route.

Sunday 22 Hodge Close Quarry.

Behind the Lines - HVS 5a ***. With Will Sim and John.

A good HVS. Cool climbing and Bomber gear. Placed all my quickdraws. Finally got up a pitch with Mr Sim!

Malice in Wonderland - E3 5c ***. With Will Sim.

Sat at the bottom for ages, while Will tried this superb looking route. He got right up on to the blank arete, but got gripped. He then made a belay and then escaped up the top of Through the looking glass. A good route, but not the real thing. Hitched home, with this weido from Carlise.

Friday 20 July - Burnt Crag

- HVS 5b. With William Sim.

After a long hitch/walk in the drizzle I finally met Will. We walked up to Burnt Crag, which was quite dry. I started off up this steep HVS 5b on the righthand side of the crag. I got to the crux, which was a very long reach, and after severall attempts lowered off. The loose block, did little to calm my nerves! William tied onto my ends of the ropes and pulled through the crux, but promptly fell off. The easiest route he has ever fallen, he alleges. He then got back on and climbed it. I followed.

I then belayed William on some E4, with a peg in it, which he fell off repeatedly until desciding to leaving for another day. I then belayed him on Shifter, which he backed off due to crack being wet. A fairly unsucsessful day. Will dropped me off at Cockley Beck and I had a fairly exciting hitch home. Oh well it was a bit of an adventure.