My aim for the trip was to do The snivelling shits, a very slabby route with painfully small holds. As a bit of an anticlimax I got on the route and through a series of about four, slightly sketchy, really cool moves reeched into the solitary pocket, sybolising safety with my number 4 cam. The nice people of UKC later informed me it wasn't onsight as i used a mat (mainly to keep my feet dry off the dewy ground) and as I had read the guidebook, which told me what size cam protected the top 4c moves. I'm happy with a highball v4 flash though, cause it was ace. :)
With painful fingers we met luke, equally twitching to get onto some E4s and E5s. He had his eye on Pool Wall at Laurencefield, so after a little bit of soloing, with Luke soloing Bond Street (impressive!), we left Dooge and Twig to do the classic Millstone routes.Pool Wall is the Direct start to Suspense, a steady E2, with a pollished, tricky exit. Pool wall traverses out onto a wall and climbs via a faint line of crimps and a pocket, to join suspense just before this pollished finish. I was belaying, half attentive to jump into the pond if Luke fell from the run-out crux, half not wanting to lose my onsight. Luke ended up popping for a hold mid crux, scaring us all, but cruising the route. Nice to see someone climb a proper E5. With the sun shining ever-harder, friction routes were off the cards, so I tried Life assurance. Arsing about at the crux for a long time, I backed off- leaving it for another day. Luke cruised Boggat left hand and had a quick look at Balance it is, with an even quicker retreat. By which time it was late and we were hungry, so we retreated to our bivis. Day 2 met us with even more heat, a tactical crag choice of Bamford let me and Luke nip up Jet Runner and have a look at 'Trout' before the sun boiled us out. The traditional arsing around on gargoyle Flake was had, with a lot of ridiculous posing and then off to Froggat we went. Luke taking a few whippers off Strapadictomy and the E1 proving hard enough in terrible conditions. A little sesh on Artless unlocked the crux flashing it above a mat, but saved the top moves for another day and promptly downclimbed. A really good trip despite the lack of ticks and I now have even more on the ticklist!