Saturday, 21 February 2009

Black Chipper- Brimham

After a long break from climbing, due to exams, work and drinking I phoned Dooge and ask him if he fancied a trip out. He suggested Brimham and I agreed. It was interesting getting back on the rock, not knowing what I could hold on to and what moves I could do. As usual I aimed quite high and chose Black Chipper as my first route back climbing.

I could feel the damage 3 months off proper climbing had done to my strength, trying to pull on big and finding the moves quite terrifying. The route is divided into 4 distinct parts- a highball 5b/c start, which is overcome with a little difficulty; then another move which was still unprotected, but easier up to some small cams; then a dodgey move trying to find a blind pocket via a few big jugs and slopers and finally a incredibly terrifying top out which apparently uses a chipped hold, but felt more like a excruciating whale over the top.

My gap from climbing had left me a little less fearful than usual, allowing me to just scramble on when I wasn't too sure of how solid I was. I think it's given me a new approach to climbing and hopefully enjoying the moves and fear more, rather than grade chasing.