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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Combe Raiders

Thursday 10th August
The photos and narratives in the new Borrowdale Guide Book  provide great motivation to try out off the beaten track venues - NB inspired by the prospect of rough rock and dramatic views from up on;
Twa Hummocks
Actually two neighbouring crags on the east side of Combe Ghyll offering a fine view of Raven Crag directly opposite and long outlooks up to Derwentwater and Skiddaw.

50 minute walk in. Twa Hummocks in the middle distance

NB on Twa Hummocks South

Gaining the ridge proper

Leads on to a fine belay


Ready to take a heathery belay on Twa Hummocks North.

The pitch above features a fine wall - great rough rock.

NB seems to like it!

A series of pleasant steps lead to the top

Raven Crag gets none of the sun
Climbing calls completely audible from over there.
A pair seemed to get into bother on P3 and ended up retreating back to the foot of the climb.

The start of the North ridge bottom right

NB walking out
The climbing all on the lower crag directly above NB
Upper crag at top left
The old guide describes routes that combine pitches on both!


50mins in

40 mins out

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rhylstone Cowboys

Wednesday August 9th
Glen Campbell 1936 -  Aug 8th 2017

After sticking to the grit for a few sessions good to get chance to head west for a quick hit - time a little limited so the crag of choice for ease, quantity and quality has got to be;
Castle Rock of Triermain
The day got off to a rather poor start with news of the closure of the A66 - scooted round via Middleton in Teesdale to Brough - lost about 25 mins but rewarded with great views of the Eden Valley, brightening skies and a dry crag.

BP opens the regular circuit on Lilith

Simply whistled up it

The rock is impeccable.  AT eyes up the finishing corner on Slab Climb

Note mimimum rack!

(been up here before)

The corner yields to a variety of approaches

None of them wrong

All of them good

From September 2013

The Gman on the move

Another superb outing up the groove on Wall Climb

Ready to rock over in an exposed position

Broody view to Thirlmere

AT on the often ignored lower pitch on Gangway Climb

Well worth doing, logical, consistent and safe.

Time to move round onto the front face

BP nerveless on the steepness, boldness and directness of the first ten metres of Direct Route

Doubtless undergraded at 4b

Higher up in the company of visitor from Inverness, making nice work of Gazebo next door.

It looked quite hard.....

Kleine Rinne translates as Little Gutter

Another steep start leads to fine and varied climbing with a bold crux 

BP on P2, a delightful finale to an action packed day out

 AT watches from a bong-tastic belay

Direct Route
Kleine Rinne (climber on P2 as per BP above)
Gangway Climb

BP diverts round second A66 closure on route to York
Whupped em again Josie!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Repeat Peak

Friday August 4th
Once again on a mission to dodge the showers and find shelter from the persistent westerlies gusting at 30mph plus.  Checked in at Yarncliffe, had a look at the state of the rock, and checked straight out.  A short drive brought us back to the safe haven of;
Seems like we just can't get enough of the climbing here - same crag twice in a week must be some sort of first.

NB gets the show on the road

Snail Crack at speed

Few bits of good gear and a tasty top out coming up

AT enjoys a bit of peace and tranquility

Soon to be in short supply

Contemplating another placement on Nailsbane

Another excellent warmer upperer

BP starts the first of a sequence of Power moves on Tyrone

Get on up there!

Actual real live moves featured below!

NB follows in style

Nice going

Unlike Biggles...

Unknown climber throws some shapes on Great Peter at
E1 5b

NB gets another route in from the new guide - Bole Hill

By now the distraction factor from the guys and their kids was getting too much - time to de-camp.

Headed off right to check out The Delectable Variation

Looks pretty compelling....

Starts bottom right.

Traverses above the overhanging break

Finishes top left


The starting moves are all quite hard to here

A fine throw by NB supplies an unbeatable big bong to enable progress up this jutting groove

Moving up to regroup on the big ledge

Set off across the long traverse

At this point things got a bit wild is the wind

Felt too precarious to carry on and retreated to a happy belay back on the ledge

Plan B swings into action!

BP arrives and tackles the tough corner to enable the Great Escape

NB joins in on blue and follows through on red.

AT gets off belay and finishes off

A quick whistle up Three Tree Climb and it's time for the pub

Sherpa Perry brings up the all the sacks!

AT blags 3 leads........

Many more pics HERE
Only 141 taken on the day.....

Take me home Sheryl

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Peak Downfall Dodgers

Monday July 31st
Got lucky with a dry session on Friday in the midst of all the showers.  Same again Monday?  Pushed our luck with a drive down to a very windy Peak - hoping for shelter from the storms at;
The GO_TO venue for a dodgy day!   All the bad stuff passed us by only a slight shower all afternoon and plenty of bright sun.  RESULT!!

Snail Crack

A nice slow start at VDiff

Nothing new about Nova
HS 4b *

But still feels a perfect example of the grade

AT gets his act together on Tyrone

Steep finish
Protection is great all the way

BP balances up the slabby corner on Three Trees Climb

AT follows in a short sharp shower

A lovely setting.
Climbers on Gingerbread
© StevieLee UKC

Gingerbread is a tasty route but it's all over too soon

AT stuffs up the crack

Some slightly worriesome moves to come

Any one of these should hold

Rain stays away
Whupped 'em again Josie!

BP knocks off Nailsbane in fine style

A new tick in the new book!

Grand Finale

As per Eastern Grit 2010 

Wetherby sounds