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Monday, 19 December 2011


Ron's birthday

Family dinner

Ron with Profitero-pile!

Cheers Phil


December and it's finally time to head inside
Harrogate climbing wall venue of choice

Norm tackles a long lead

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Precision Forecast

Tuesday 22nd November
Forecast to clear up towards noon so headed off with NB, GB Mags and Boris

On arrival

Not disappointed.....

More pictures here

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Steely stuff

November 15th
Steel Knotts - a good place for hard men at this time of year
So how come me, Mr P and Johhny K (from the USA) were out there?

Mr P leads out on Ambling Ant MVS 4b

Following the same route in a fine position - a steely span

"Route 2" tackles the obvious crack lower right.  Jamsville!

Route 2

Also MVS 4b 

Go Johnny....

Jam for your life and grab that jug!


Route 2

Still some good moves left

Great views up Borrowdale
More good shots here

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Monday November 7th. Fantastic forecast again, so the late season team re-group for one last effort to see out 2011

Glaciated Slab seen here glowing in the midday sun

Four routes done on sparkling rock, very nice!

Rather phased by the wobbly flake on the last route, and the sudden switch from slabby to bulging so pimped out and reverted to a more amenable option out on the right.

Looking down Borrowdale from the summit

The Gman half way up some Trodorother

A Glorious End of the 2011 season?

45 minute walk in, 230m of ascent

Monday, 31 October 2011


Friday 28th October
It's getting to the gnarly season. Best weather of the week matched up with a free day for me and PMcG

Headed for Langdale, but Castle Rock looked in great condition, the sun was out so we couldn't pass it by.

Worked our way round all the main lines on the crag, Slab Climb, Wall Climb, Yew Tree and Via Media

The Gman high on P1 of Yew Tree Climb, going left of the tree! Brilliant!

Even more high on Via Media

Another fantastic day, Kleine Rinne left for next time.

Today's climbing junkies

More hallucinations here

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Teesdale book-end

October 15th
A pinging autumn day
Repeating the April 17th walk

Peaking late

October 14th

Another visit to Birchen Edge with Mr P.  9 routes done.

Here on final moves of the very amenable Mast Gully Ridge

Escaped unhurt from potentially nasty running trip in the car park! dangerous sport, climbing

The Works

October 23rd

Since this photo the rear wall has been finished and the side wall also.  The floor has been dug out and concreted.
As at end of second week of works, only one full day this week, plus a bit more on Friday

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Tales of Brave Ulyssess

Thursday September 29th
A nice Indian Summer
for a Roman Holiday to the great edges along Hadrian's Wall

 Odysseus and Ulysses after an epic campaign

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ha Ha Rider

Sunday 25th

Local lanes by bike

Ha ha at Wycliffe

Saturday, 24 September 2011

You've got a friend

Aint it good to know....
Friday 23rd September with Mr P in the Peak
First outing on grit since October 19 2009.
8 routes done not entirely by the numbers.

Mr P above
Victory Crack

Both friends did the business, nice catch Mr P

De rigeur gritsone climbing outfit

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Allerdale Rambler

Thursday 15th September
Brief spell of high pressure creates window of opportunity

 Walk from Grange to Seatoller and back

10.3 km,
3hrs 10 mins

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Visitations, conflagrations, and a few routes

Tuesday 6th - Lunch at WWOW with Jo and Rosie May
Thursday 8th - Visit home for funeral, Ron has slight incident with his car....

Friday  -16 routes top roped with BP at Scugdale

Saturday 10th - curry night with K and R

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Repeat Prescription

Tuesday 30th August
For the treatment of hypo-climb syndrome
One dose of Woden, once a week for at least three weeks
Dropped M off at Grange and got started.  Repelled off first route by shower, walked up and abbed off to retrieve lower off gear.  Rain stopped so gobbled up a somewhat greasy Wimpey Way (S), followed by Wodens Face Direct, both slightly more than severe in the conditions.  Geared up for third route but rain came down properly so had to abandon.  Back in Keswick 3.30, pick up Mags and away for an under-earned libation at the H&F.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Woden it be nice?

Woden it be nice to go out climbing
Where the walk-in isn't quite so long
Woden it be nice to find a rock face
Where we can find the routes and not go wrong.....
(with apologies to the Beach Boys)
Thursday 25th August
NB back in action after 5 week hands off

Back to Woden for another day of concentrated climbing action after last Friday's similar session

Six routes done, four by the day's go-to lead climber Mr B
seen here making constructive progress up Wimpy Way (S)

250 metres walk, 5 minutes, 0 metres altitude gain

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Two day wonder

Friday 18th August and Monday 22nd August
Out to play with Mr P both days
First up - Woden's face, very user friendly crag with some amenable climbing and virtually no walk in.  5 routes done.

If it's Monday it must be the Napes, or in this case Kern Knotts
Weather much more stable than last week, even some sunshine on the routes

Mr P in great form on Innonimate Crack. VS4b
20 m of peerless climbing.
It's all about this pitch, P2 a scramble.

Next up - my lead on West Buttress MVS4b 25m

Very steep in the middle third with some exciting climbing

80 mins walk in, 55 mins out. Two good routes. Big Day in the North.

Saturday, 20 August 2011


August 16th
Our wedding anniversary

Lunch at the
Punch Bowl
in Low Row

Details here

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Threading a needle in the eye of a storm

August 15th - Forecast out west ok
Another go at Needle Ridge and one more of NB's ticklist
Thwarted again by fickle weather, rock rapidly soaked in drenching rain cloud

But since we were already roped up it seemed sensible to climb up and over the neck of the needle to effect an escape.

So we did

Took a good look at Innonimate Crack - will be back for that

Back in Borrowdale the sun shone whilst the beers waited

Two hours walk in and about the same back, slowed by slippery ground, and twenty minutes of break. Total distance 6.2 miles, 580 metres of ascent - whopper.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Trafalgar Luz

August 1st to 6th
5 nights Casa Vikki and Pete in Los Canos de Meca, Costa del Luz

Cape Trafalgar

Just a short visit to catch some rays and the fabulous sea

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Making it up

Wednesday 27th July
Had a ride out west in Multispace, various options considered en route.
Settled for Great Round How above Honister and some new routes, but then remade the plan with a sharp turn left into the Shepherds car park.  Too nice to be driving and walking, so crammed three routes in, LC, DG, and BS.

Peter on P3, scene of some desperate struggles (by persons unknowm) later on, featuring falling specs and much wailing.
 Fine position - don't deride it.

More photos here

Monday, 25 July 2011

London Calling Gateshead

Sunday 24th
Telephoned in by Chuck Prophet and the Spanish Bombs at the Sage 2.