Friday, 26 June 2009

A Sunny Week in the Lakes

A week off meant a drive over to the lakes. We managed to get an ascent of Triermain eliminate (E2) in before it got dark on the Monday night and met up with Luke, Miles and Tom at the CMC hut. From here we planned Tuesday’s assault- Dow.
Dooge chose Pink Panther (E2) to warm up on, but got a bit lost and i ended up taking over. Following his line felt like hard 5c with a huge run out you'd be lucky to stay off the ground with- later we found we'd combined various routes and added our own little traverse as well. Luke was psyched for The Shining Path (A safe but very hard E5 6b). It was massively sustained and fingery and Luke managed to get up it with one short rest, no doubt fatigued from his attempt at Bucket City at Dove the day before.

Day three was Reecastle Crag, which is a nice big lump of barrel-shaped Ryolite. I had a little tootle up 'White Noise' (E3) which was nicely sustained and then we turned our attention to Penal Servitude (E5 6b). It was disappointingly bouldery, but Luke managed it after a little trouble. Good lead. Then I dragged everyone to Black crag for an en-mass barefoot solo of Troutdale and a look at the soft, but epic Prana (E3 5c). I was climbing well and cruised up singing 'The Vengabus', Ace!Thursday meant the departure of the Manchester Trio and me and Dooge chose to have a nice day at the Slate quarries, both leading Darklands and An Alabuse and I had a plod up Rim Fisher, with an interesting crux. It's either about 6b straight up the crack or a crap move left. I did a sort of combination. Darklands is about E1 and needs some bolts chopping, would be ace sans all but 1 bolt. Epic week, beautiful weather, no really hard routes climbed, but definitely solid at E3. :)

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