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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Out of the Box


A family special on Boxing Day 2009

Out of the Box


A family special on Boxing Day 2009

Friday, 25 December 2009

Ho Bloody Ho

It's Christmas Day.  The Wild West of Winston is a WHITE CHRISTMAS (official) - we've been dreaming but now it's all true.















We've had a fowlbulous dinner courtesy of the Queen of all things Roast. 


Big kudos to Lord Hodgson of Piercebridge and his turktastic Norfolk Black, reared home on the local range and scoffed with great gratititide..

Ho Bloody Ho

It's Christmas Day.  The Wild West of Winston is a WHITE CHRISTMAS (official) - we've been dreaming but now it's all true.















We've had a fowlbulous dinner courtesy of the Queen of all things Roast. 


Big kudos to Lord Hodgson of Piercebridge and his turktastic Norfolk Black, reared home on the local range and scoffed with great gratititide..

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

The Big Chill

Minus 8 degrees C this morning



















Fabulous

The Big Chill

Minus 8 degrees C this morning



















Fabulous

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Winter in the Wild West of Winston





The last few days have seen the temperature plummet and some light snowfall.















Will it stay for Christmas?





Max has resurrected some deep seated norwegian forest instincts -  he's out and about!

Winter in the Wild West of Winston





The last few days have seen the temperature plummet and some light snowfall.















Will it stay for Christmas?





Max has resurrected some deep seated norwegian forest instincts -  he's out and about!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Black Moss

There was a cold glow in the late autumn morning. The plan was to invent something out west.  A fatal crash on the sixty six diverted us to Brough via Lunedale.  Keswick was rainbound so replenishment in Fishers eaterie used up some time. 

The Eagle Crag option was quickly binned - no time to trudge all the way up there, so a low level Langstrath round to Black Moss Pot came to the fore. 
Bleak How, Fat Charlie's Buttress, Sergeant Crag Slabs and Cam Crag Ridge were all eyeballed for future reference.




Finished up at the new Keswick indoor wall for some refrigerated routes at improbable grades.

Black Moss

There was a cold glow in the late autumn morning. The plan was to invent something out west.  A fatal crash on the sixty six diverted us to Brough via Lunedale.  Keswick was rainbound so replenishment in Fishers eaterie used up some time. 

The Eagle Crag option was quickly binned - no time to trudge all the way up there, so a low level Langstrath round to Black Moss Pot came to the fore. 
Bleak How, Fat Charlie's Buttress, Sergeant Crag Slabs and Cam Crag Ridge were all eyeballed for future reference.




Finished up at the new Keswick indoor wall for some refrigerated routes at improbable grades.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Crathorne Fandango


November 29th came upon us suddenly - Katy and Richard's wedding at Crathorne.  Lovely do - Katy looked stunning - may explain why Richard seemed knocked out for most of the day. 

Crathorne Hall is a splendid venue, top quality all the way.  It was a lot of fun meeting the extended families and getting to know who was who and what was what.  Jo and Nick turned up for the evening do and we enjoyed a good gas and a bit of a minor league boogie.

Crathorne Fandango


November 29th came upon us suddenly - Katy and Richard's wedding at Crathorne.  Lovely do - Katy looked stunning - may explain why Richard seemed knocked out for most of the day. 

Crathorne Hall is a splendid venue, top quality all the way.  It was a lot of fun meeting the extended families and getting to know who was who and what was what.  Jo and Nick turned up for the evening do and we enjoyed a good gas and a bit of a minor league boogie.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Cone below!



Early November and it's a day out at Kyloe(nly) - just me and NB the whole day.  Bright sun gave way to a brief shower but the rock stayed mostly dry for a series of regulation routes all done in good order.

It's a peaceful place - carpets of pine, birds twitter, bongs ting like cowbells, and carefree climbers call  "Cone below"! 

NB took wing up and down and up Bird Lime Crack - a fine Severe, but about as mild as a Madras. Finished the day in the gathering gloom with a sprint up Saint's Progress - a perfect wire where it really mattered.  Another day stolen from the fickle late season weather Gods.

Cone below!



Early November and it's a day out at Kyloe(nly) - just me and NB the whole day.  Bright sun gave way to a brief shower but the rock stayed mostly dry for a series of regulation routes all done in good order.

It's a peaceful place - carpets of pine, birds twitter, bongs ting like cowbells, and carefree climbers call  "Cone below"! 

NB took wing up and down and up Bird Lime Crack - a fine Severe, but about as mild as a Madras. Finished the day in the gathering gloom with a sprint up Saint's Progress - a perfect wire where it really mattered.  Another day stolen from the fickle late season weather Gods.

Monday, 26 October 2009

How Green was my Stanage?



It's Monday - so it must be another late season trip to Stanage.  BP with a mission to tick off some more star stuff so right hand end again... weather much milder and the crag is in full bloom. Physiology, (BP) Anatomy, (AT) Crack and Corner (AT), Cakestand (BP)  all done.  Square Chimney and Mantlepiece Crack, Black Hell Hell Crack (BP) and Black Hawk Traverse Right (AT - traditional)

All in all another great day of miscellaneousness. Eight character building routes done - who needs Kalymnos when you can stay in Derbyshire and save the planet?

How Green was my Stanage?



It's Monday - so it must be another late season trip to Stanage.  BP with a mission to tick off some more star stuff so right hand end again... weather much milder and the crag is in full bloom. Physiology, (BP) Anatomy, (AT) Crack and Corner (AT), Cakestand (BP)  all done.  Square Chimney and Mantlepiece Crack, Black Hell Hell Crack (BP) and Black Hawk Traverse Right (AT - traditional)

All in all another great day of miscellaneousness. Eight character building routes done - who needs Kalymnos when you can stay in Derbyshire and save the planet?

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Who let the dogs out?




It looked like a full working week except for Monday, fortunately the rest of the pack were up for a day out and the weather turned up too.  After a very cold start (felt like we must be barking mad) at Stanage High Neb the sun burnt it all off.  NB going incommunicado (pic).

Three routes there and then a short drive to the far right hand end for some off the beaten track climbing.  BP please to add five new routes to the 17,653 he's already done, some BIG MOVES needed.  Four more routes there with WingCo Thompson in flying form.

Who let the dogs out?

Who let the dogs out?




It looked like a full working week except for Monday, fortunately the rest of the pack were up for a day out and the weather turned up too.  After a very cold start (felt like we must be barking mad) at Stanage High Neb the sun burnt it all off.  NB going incommunicado (pic).

Three routes there and then a short drive to the far right hand end for some off the beaten track climbing.  BP please to add five new routes to the 17,653 he's already done, some BIG MOVES needed.  Four more routes there with WingCo Thompson in flying form.

Who let the dogs out?

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Raven bonkers


After Tuesdays downpour Wednesday 7/10 turned out great as forecast, so a crack team rendezed themselves at Greta Bridge - objective to re-take Raven Crag.  Some short but steep routes on East Raven were despatched, then me and Norm headed over to explore the mysteries of Evening Wall while Bruce stole P1 and P3 of Centipede from Mark at the other end.  That FRCC guide is USELESS, I finished up a 4b line - think the route traversed several metres left although that wasn't clear, how come a 2 star route isn't shown on the topo?  Earlier on the guide had us guessing on "Speckled Band".

Raven bonkers


After Tuesdays downpour Wednesday 7/10 turned out great as forecast, so a crack team rendezed themselves at Greta Bridge - objective to re-take Raven Crag.  Some short but steep routes on East Raven were despatched, then me and Norm headed over to explore the mysteries of Evening Wall while Bruce stole P1 and P3 of Centipede from Mark at the other end.  That FRCC guide is USELESS, I finished up a 4b line - think the route traversed several metres left although that wasn't clear, how come a 2 star route isn't shown on the topo?  Earlier on the guide had us guessing on "Speckled Band".

Monday, 5 October 2009

South bound again


Travelled to Hove for a break with Vikki and Pete.  Called in at Profeet for boot upgrade for Her Luminescence, progress made but will need another visit.  Great weather, dazzling white light white heat flat sea hard to beat anywhere.  Shopped, scoffed and quaffed for three days straight - new venue "Bills" interesting eaterie in a converted bus depot, and a meal out with Rog and Sue at the Ginger Pig -  plus great home cooking by the Vikk - fishtastic..!

South bound again


Travelled to Hove for a break with Vikki and Pete.  Called in at Profeet for boot upgrade for Her Luminescence, progress made but will need another visit.  Great weather, dazzling white light white heat flat sea hard to beat anywhere.  Shopped, scoffed and quaffed for three days straight - new venue "Bills" interesting eaterie in a converted bus depot, and a meal out with Rog and Sue at the Ginger Pig -  plus great home cooking by the Vikk - fishtastic..!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Trenchtown rock


Tuesday came.  The idea was to head to Borrowdale and revisit The Pinnacle of Troutdale - but the weather forecast was 30:70.  In the face of those odds PLAN B was invoked - N Yorks - Peak Scar.  We went, we found it.  We let it be.  Norms words of wisdom along the lines of "let's f@&k off to the Wainstones.  Couldn't fault the reasoning, given the airborne fret, damp rock, and the prevailing Tolkien vibe of the place.  So we drove up Bilsdale and commenced PLAN C.

Walked in from Hasty Bank, Ravenscar option thwarted by a new and serious fence.  Uber classics looked green anyway.
On to Wainstones for a sporty afternoon. Ling here, Sphinx there, Christopher to finish, nice catching Norm.