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Saturday, 29 June 2013

Duddon-Esk Crag Fest

Sunday 23rd June - Wednesday 26th June
Four years since Black Sail
Full team go flat out in Wibble 2.
Four consecutive days climbing from Brantrake Base, Eskdale

Just Another Diamond Day
Sunday pm
Beaten back fron Brantrake Crags by a phantom peregrine - so headed up to the Diamond Crags area for some looseners.

Diamond Geezer shows the way

Dual valley multi-crag
Hopped over the Birker Pass and headed up to
Wallowbarrow Crag
Wall and Corner 4 pitches VD
Trinity Slabs (2 pitches)

NB gets the party started
Wall and Corner

BP high on Trinity Slabs P2

PMcG romping on

Return to Eskdale for evening climbing at
Hare Crag 
Fireball XL5 MVS4b
Easy Slab VD

BP getting spaced out on planet Granatoid
NB hares up Easy Slab
Wonderful climbing

PMcG finds some friction
Later on in the King George for slap up food, yerrow rorries for gentlemanly libation and tales of derring do

Tuesday 25th June
Wallowbarrow Crag
Thomas (S)
Unknown (?)
Western Wall (MVS 4b)
Bryanston (VS 4b)

PMcG on Thomas P2

AT somewhere similar later on.

BP heads west

P1 Western Wall

BP tackles the sensational P3 on Bryanston

Last day slower pace
Tortoise Crag
More granitation
Six easy(?) pieces on a 12m single pitch slaborama in Eskdale.

NB in flow

Full stream here

BP takes a break from crag clean up duties

Team Wibble at Brantrake Base

Wibble vibes here

More Wibblepics including route topos and more commentary here
(use slideshow view for best results)

All                                - several billion pixels
Trucks and drivers        - access all areas and all round mobility
King George people      - grub and hospitality
Apple and EE               -signal
National Park               - rock festoonery and fabulousness
The Gods                     - weather
Faith                             - in friction, systems, self and buddies

For the record

Wednesday, 19 June 2013


Tuesday 18 June
Swirl Crag, Thirlmere

A fine outlook across the lake, catching the afternoon sun

The First One VS 4b (AT)
Midge Wall HS (BP)
Ballet Mecanique VS 4c (BP)
Runs HS (BP)
Knackers Yard HS (AT)

BP getting The Runs

NB holding it in.

NB Running through

AT reining in the Knackers Yard

Varied, interesting

BP biting back on Midge Wall

Terrific route

AT sneaks a naughty midgy foothold on the First One

BP Nureyeving up the Ballet Mecanique

See also composite clip here
(Nice work NB)

He belayed lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills


Some climbs may contain moderate horror

Wild Water

Saturday 15th June
HH on the GNS
Epic effort!

Tired and emotional

Centrepiece of a terrific weekend at Ambleside with our close ones

Walking on Sunday
3hrs 20m


Sunday, 9 June 2013

High time

Friday June 7th
A Big Day in the North
High Crag Buttermere

Nameless S 53m BP AT
Delilah VS 4c 50m AT BP
Ludo HS 45m AT BP


 Walk in - 1 hour, steep, 360m ascent

 BP finishing moves on Ludo
The short corner below v bold

Neighbouring climber
on Close Shave E1 5b
Laughing on top of Delilah.

Ludo, Nameless, Delilah

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Millenium modernised

June 6th
Time to take a look at the newly vamped Millenium Field

Terrific new dry stone edifice

What is point?

Kname those knees

The new walkway

Compare below with previous

If Six was Nine

June 5th
Holiday weather, with John and Gladys to Blue Lion

Monday, 3 June 2013

ALT-Ashness Bridge

Sunday July 2nd
Keswick to Ashness Bridge via Lady's Rake (Walla Crag) and back along the lake (opted out of bus connection).

11.2 km

375m ascent

Upper and Lower Falcon Crag

More pics here

Saturday, 1 June 2013


Friday 31 May
Castle Rock of Triermain

Straightening out some lines, evening out some odds
Yew Tree (VD) AT PMcG
Gangway Climb (VD)
Lilith  (HS)
Wall Climb (S)

Yew Tree Climb
Top of P1

Steep climbing on P2

Gangway Climb


Click on pic for full effect

Mr Crag himself