Despite suspect weather couldn't face another indoor day so headed north hoping for a dry day, once again optimism triumphed and we stole the day at
Xmas Tree Arete provides a gift wrapped warm up
John's Wall works its way left to right up the wall.
Climber is on Chris's Arete at HS4b
How come we'd ignored it all these years?
Mo (finish up Christmas Tree Arete Direct)
Time for another new one over on F Buttress
HS 4b 22m
And the rest
And the rest
The wall above proved bulging and forced some moves left to regroup in the comfortable cave
Followed by an outbreak of megga mincing about
Off balance shuffle right along the ledge lead to steep moves up the breaks.
Then chance to calm down at the second small ledge before finishing up a tricky groove.
Good gear there but hard to clip
This angle gives a clue to the climb
The ledge provides no respite, all a bit precarious
Kettle still boiling a bit.
5 point belay took some tidying up. Dropped the big hex down the crack - had to fish it out with a broddler on a sling.
Apart from that all in fine style......
The operation to remove the cam was a success.
Unfortunately it died in the process.
It may yet undergo a resurrection
[update; now restored]
Some Sticky Fingers courtesy Simon Mayo