I injured my finger a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't climbing related and I'm hopeful it will heal, but the result has been a break from the Sandy project. I'm not too sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's annoying not to miss the time of year that usually has best conditions. On the other side, It's been fantastic to have had a break from the usual slog.
In two days I fired him at six lines. One was Sky Burial (H9 6c) and the rest were unclimbed. He got on pretty well!
The second obstacle I've had this Easter has been the weather and Tom's first day was a total washout. The planned Northumberland hit was a no-go, so I took him to a bit of a wildcard choice, hoping with everything that Cringle Crag in the Moors was going to be dry. Somehow, a lot of it was.
We had a nice time playing around on the arête we called 'coffin' arête. It's steady 6b climbing; fairly blind and with one of the worst falls on a route I've ever seen. Something like H8 was the verdict - neither of us were psyched for the lead...
"You're going to love this one Tom", I encouraged.
"Oh my god! This has to be one of the most intimidating grit routes I've ever been on! This is so long!" He was psyched.