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Friday, 15 September 2017

Barnard Castle

Wednesday 14th September

Shopping in BC so went on a mini tour of the local town for a stroll about


View down the river

Back across to Desmesnes at the bottom of town
Friday 15th - walk down the qwest side of Derwentwater

Thursday, 31 August 2017

August Bank Hove

BH heatwave Saturday - Tuesday inclusive

Some great light

Rye day trip

Sunset on the fridge

Debut on SoBi

Chichester trip
Aperros at The View

Friday, 25 August 2017

Cleveland Classics

Thursday 24th August
Time constraints dictated local fast access quick fix it's got to be;
Scot Crags Scugdale
Almost caught out by a sudden shower on the path up, made it back to the car to wait it out.  But once again the rain showers sweeping across the plain all afternoon mostly passed us by.

BP starts the circuit in confident style and enjoys a brief weather window.  It soon shut.

No idea why this route goes by the name of Holly Tree Wall

BP ropes up for Tooth and Nail as the drizzle returns

Whistled up there with great economy

Three more good routes follow in short order

Cub's Climb
Pet's Corner
Whippet Wall

Zeta Wall

Another fine line

Steep off balance climbing leads to a relieving jug

Pup's Climb

Moves right from here on small holds

BP stitches up a devious thread on Jack's Delight

Gravity Wall (Direct)

Crux is at the top

Took two attempts and used up a lot of effort.

Normal finish traverses left at the top but feels precarious

Just off vertical here

AT selects some gear

A #10 helps commit to a hard finishing sequence (eventually....)

The Bulkhead goes up the obvious line centre pic.

Top crack overhangs

Too much for AT's noodle arms;

So BP despatched with great conviction.

Fortunately ran out of time before more displays of feebleness

Routes 1-6 may not be exact but close enough all in that area.  Includes downclimbing

Monday, 21 August 2017

Desperately Seeping Swindale

Sunday August 21st

 For once the wind was forecast to drop somewhat, in an effort to avoid traffic and crowds in Borrowdale and the likeliehood of an over-populated Peak, opted for a visit to the secluded valley of Swindale to try out conditions at;
Gouther Crag
Bit of a mix up locating the old sneaky parking spot, turns out that it's all been upgraded.  Crowbarred the TT in but looks like it's all verboten, parking up the valley now a must from now on.

Ferns really high

Ground sopping wet

Not a good sign

Truss Buttress similarly green, so wandered over to the Kennel Wall Area.  Much better conditions over there.

BP moves up Kennel Wall with minimum fuss

Opted for a sporting finish moving right onto the pleasant headwall above the wide leaning crack.

NB on the same line in 2007

Climbers on the Fang provided some entertainment over lunch.

She really got her teeth into it.....

Seeing as it was occupied wandered back to the LH buttress

Scabby Horse is a good deal more appetising than it looks

AT ready to deploy height and reach to latch the key hold at the hard bit.

Great gear so long as you don't kick it out

From a while back - unknown climber makes a similar reach

BP ventures onto an untried route

Better than it looks, clean rough rock and enough gear potential

Time for an old favourite

Although it turned out to be desperately out of condition
More like VS4b in current state

AT reaches the good holds after some pretty tenuous moves up the greasy crack line

All the way from 1966

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