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Monday, 29 April 2013

Record Plant

Just about the latest so far
April 29th
Broad beans and peas get planted out

New netting and hoops

Broad beans - full of potential


Pictures fail to show westerly blowing a hooly, although sheltered out back

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Gimme Shelter

Another windy day, but at least forecast dry (unlike rest of week)
Seeking some shelter at Kyloe
Crag in excellent condition.  Usual Meeny Miny Mo circuit, plus a couple of stiffer grades to add extra fizz.

Unknown climber on Mo (S)

NB in a fine position going well - above the crux of Flake Crack (S4b)

AT was here

Unknown climber on
Christmas Tree Arete Direct
AT  lead

NB practicing for Utah Red Rocks ab routines?

More pics from other Kyloe trips click here
Unknown climber pics (c) AJ Thorley with thanks

Next time

Monday, 22 April 2013

One Day I Will Soar

Friday April 19th
Dexy's at the Duke of York's Theatre, WC2

She got a wiggle...
Worthwhile footage from the warm up show

Another fabulous weekend with V&P

Look at that sky!

Life's begun!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Wild is the Wind

Tuesday April 16th
Borrowdale Multicrag
Once again resorted to ALT-Plan (3rd time in a row)
Way too wild to chance East Raven so headed for Borrowdale

Quayfoot Buttress
.... was in the exact opposite of this condition

So left it alone

Walked round to Woden's face.
Once the outdoor group had done with abseiling ventured onto Wimpy Way (S).

Wet at the bottom, and the top, avoided the worst using the left hand buttress to finish, good gear all the way

NB topping out in fine position.

Finished up at Shepherds.  Contemplated Ant Highway, but big gusts added to the intimidation factor and left it for another day.  Jackdaw Ridge in big boots - then a diretissima on the slabs in the glorious sun and a belay in the full force of the sou'westerly.

Looking across the top pitch of Donkey's Ears from Jackdaw terrace
Inspired by

Monday, 8 April 2013

Peak too soon

Sunday April 7th
Plan A - Peak
Badly misled by webcam at Grindleford - moors clear but edges all still holding snow
Curbar and Stanage snow bound, Burbage buried!

Burbage North

ALT-PLAN once again triggered - Almscliffe, very busy but pleasantly (almost) warm.
Usual circuit on Low Man plus a woofing Birds Nest Crack

BP sticking the jams

AT relishing some pedigree chum

Saturday, 6 April 2013

The only way is Eppleby

First ride out
12.5 miles

Friday, 5 April 2013

Winter won't go

April 4th
Planned a day at Shepherd's Crag - NB came with ALT-PLAN for a new venue (Swirl Crag)
This was well above the snow line and in the absence of crampons, axes and the presence of a light but bitter cold NE wind went back to PLAN A.
Little Chamonix (NB,AT)
Brown Slabs Crack Original (MS - AT,NB))
Brown Slabs Face (NB)

Unknown Climber on The Grasp (E1 5b)

NB moving serenely up variation P2 Brown Slabs Crack

Sun shows up at last
Glarama plastered

Ready for pasting onto the Bludgeon