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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Big Diff-initive

Thursday 22nd August
Set off with several options, homed in on Needle Ridge, but Sty Head looked pretty clagged in so pressed the ALT-PLAN button which returned a GO-CODE for Combe Ghyll
Raven Crag 
Corvus Diff 157m
AT P1-2,3-4 (variation start)
NB P7-8

AT scarpa's up direct start, toe jams, pinches, mostly dry

AT on P3

Shared route with..

Libby and Mary in fine style up ahead

NB follows PM's fine lead
across the brilliant hand traverse pitch

PM up and coming
70 minutes walk in - 270m ascent
45 minutes out

Saturday, 17 August 2013

28 years and 7 miles

Friday August 16th
Anniversary Walk
Ullswater. Howtown - Glenridding.

View across
to Glenridding

7 miles
3 hours and a bit

The Punch Bowl Crosthwaite

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Take Five

August 13th
Bowden Doors

Castle Crack VD (AT)
Crescent Wall MS 4b (AT)
Banana Wall MVS 4c (AT)
Russet Groove VD (PM)
Deception Crack VD (AT)

Below the line the following routes were tinkered with:-
Sue (err.... no)
The Scoop VS 4b  (err ... no not this time)
Main Wall HVS 5b  (, thought this was...
Black and Tan S 4b (err.. maybe another time)
Look out for the footless lark....

Solo-ist on Castle Crack

Russet Groove

If 5 were 9!

Monday, 12 August 2013

East Coast

Sunday 11th August
10km walk Sandsend to Runswick Bay
Number 5 bus return at 40 mins past hour

Fabulous coastal path

The Cleveland Way

Catamarans in Runswick Bay

A real cobweb-shifter

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Cymru Classics

August 5th-7th
Snowdonia - Chamois Hut (thanks to CMC)

After 16 hours of rain (up to our arrival) found some streaks of dry rock at
Pant Ifan Upper Tier (Tremadog)
Gwynedd (VS4b) BP

BP approaches crux

Slippery jams await
V tenuous but no unscheduled flights
Great pro

Pristine evening air

Multi-crag in the Pass
Dinas Cromlech
Flying Buttress (VD)
AT (P1,4-5)
BP (P2-3,6)

AT on P1

Huge, shiny holds

BP on last pitch

Awkward to start with an easy run out

Sacks (top left)seem a long way down

All in all a character building excursion for the grade.

Carreg Wastad
Skylon (HS4b) BP, AT (two pitches)

BP steadies before some balance moves past the overhang on the left.
Great pro but not easy to place.

P2 quite bold

AT tops out P2

Ran out of time to tackle either of the Classic Rock routes on this crag - but very happy to do this solid HS route, worth 2 stars.

Cwm Idwal
200m integrale of:-
Hope (VD) AT P1,P4   BP 2-3
Lazarus (S - alledgedly!)  BP P1
Groove Above (S) BP lead

View from drive in



Starting out on P2
45m done only another 155 to go...

Another climber, another day on P2 Lazarus

Bold traverse up then a well protected steep crux (4b) above the climber

Massive exposure here! (check it out PB!)
 © finleyevan, Apr 2010 UKC

AT in similar spot
photo thanks to Dave Marsh

Impeccable rock of Continuation Wall

Upper slabs at bottom of pic

Lazarus traverse and crux (around shady triangle visible just right of dead centre of pic)

Groove Above is prominent gash upper just-left-centre above white quartz ledge)

Top of route(s)

More to do above but time to head home.

Biggest of the Big.

More pics and topo's click here