Friday, 3 July 2009

New Routing- Filey and Ravensdale

Me and Dave had been very keen to get to filey as it looked like everything we were bad at- pumpy powerful roofs. Ariving early in the morning in almost perfect conditions we racked up and soon failed on the classic of the crag 'Watkin's Ale'. Dave tried it first and was complaining of a slimy substance on the holds and when it came to my turn I was surprised to find a layer of thick lard. It was rank, so we retreated. I managed The Girlie Button f6c+ which was quite nice, and then we tried the 'unclimbed project F7b'. The line was poor, the rock was worse and covered in a boulderclay substance. I managed it second go to claim my first sport FA at F7b?! In all honesty it was about hard english 6a for one move, so not 7b, but it's irrelevent anyway as it's complete choss.

Pinning our hopes on ravensdale we left Filey, following the coast road up towards Robinhoods Bay. We had heard of a massive Boulder (about the size of the bowderstone) and were not disappointed. It's huge! we pottered about for a while on various traverses and cracklines untill our attentions were turned to the upper-crag. The climbonline website talks of only 'routes poor' which have been recorded on the upper quarry, which baffeled both me and Dave. The most obvious line is a 12 metre arete, which is sustained at 6a and has no natural protection and goes at about E5 6a *** on solo, although it has five bolts and a lower-off which tames an ace line. Who ever thought it was acceptable to bolt Sandstone in the Moors has lessened a brilliant line.
There are plenty more lines in the qaurry that look good, but we only had time to do a two star crackline to the left, that looked about VS and turned out to be about E2 5c, very well protected with cams and nuts and is a little bit taller than the arete and again sustained. If anyone's climbed any of these routes get in touch, they were all quite free from green, although with the odd fern. :)

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