...Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true......
Thursday July 23rd
Juggling weather and diary since Monday, eventually all variables loaded for Thursday. Not a great forecast anywhere, but #AT.NB.CB team good for a multi-pitch day so Raven Crag Langdale
set as best fit as a dry-rock low-altitude hope for some sun sort of venue. As it turned out coped well with a mixed day with some blustery winds and spitty spotty spells eventually brightening up quite nicely for the last route. Crag was busy with various teams but everybody relaxed and friendly. Pretty much as to plan except last minute swap - finished off with Bilberry Buttress instead of Evening Wall. Picked up some useful three men and a rope tricks from Mr B. All good.
NB gets the party started on P1 of Centipede (S4a)
CB bypasses the big flake and gets some good gear in under the overhang on P2
NB and AT make use of said flake, didn't seem to be any holds the way CB went?
AT roulez relax across to the fine arete on P3
Fabulous setting - all over too soon
Belay cheeseville as usual
CB carries on in cruise mode
Rained a little whilst descending but pressed on regardless
NB lifts a way up Elevation (HS)
Other climber firmly off route on Revelation P2
Won't get his A level grades that way
Worthwhile climbing, just deteriorates a bit at the top
Sixth former back on track
NB completing P1 Revelation (HS)
Another climber nearing the top of P2 in a stupendous position
The plan called for a wander across to Evening Wall
However couldn't pass by Bilberry Buttress without giving it another look, then CB made an offer - seemed churlish to refuse. Before any chance of a fully thought out option appraisal he was racked up and off.
Bilberry Buttress VS 4b 4c 4a (Alt P3)
P1 starts with straight forward scramble
Rudely interrupted by this 4 metre monster of a fist jamming test piece.
4b? Surely not!
Looks almost amenable from a less up close and personal viewpoint
One of those suck you in and spit you out sort of routes (UKC logbooks feature these outcomes)
It's fair to say that this plan was cooked up well ahead. The new FRCC "best of" guide has some excellent pics of many familiar crags and some less so. The images of Buckbarrow in Longsleddale
were especially inspiring - so last week (whilst hanging out in Hove) resurrected a plan previously mooted by NB and got ourselves in gear. Visited in October 2005 with the Gman and had a bit of an epic in the summit gale. Some useful pics and recent comments on UKC gave pointers on descent path difficulties so figured we would be in for an adventurous day out. The weather Gods did their bit, all we needed to do was to do ours.......
About 1 hour to base of crag along easy track then a steep slog up
NB carries gear and a rope, cyclo-fitness!!
Suffering scree chutes Batman!
Its a Big Day in the North.....!
Sadgill Wall (S)
P1 20m - two cruxes then up to spike belay
P2 20m, peerless rock, quite sustained
P3 30m - a hanging slab which feels out there, some fine positions, top 5m totally botanical but a welcoming thread belay
P4 20m(+) alternate LH finish avoids the gorse fest taken on the normal route just right of the belay. Finishes with a traverse part way along the pinnacled ridge that forms the crest of the Dandle
NB holds it together across the thrilling first six metres of P3
...and takes note of plea for a bomber belay
(AT only partly suppressing all visions of any kind of pendulum over the gulping void)
Prospecting P4, finishing up a testing shallow groove just left of the arete
Belays well back in a bed of bilberries above the plunging depths of Cleft Ghyll
The Dandle summit crest, kept on ropes given dramatic drops on both sides (out of shot)
Heatwave arrives, temperatures running at 25 plus and quite sticky
Looking for suitably cool venue, toss up between Corby's and Crag Lough. Settled on the latter as we were heading in that general direction anyway, starting from Piercebridge meet up.
AT probes the holds on the very amenable West Corner (S) at the far right of this extensive crag.
Red trousers turned on and tuned in
BP tip toes across the traverse on Face Route (S4a)
Moving up to better holds
The plunging crack on the left is the next route
CB follows quite colourfully
The unstoppable CB machine makes light of some slimy jams and dirty smears lower down and gets well into the finishing groove on Route 3 (VS 5a)
Having required two goes to get past the initial horrid jams, the route offers some entertaining shaping to get into the groove.
Following lunch and a bit of a cool off, AT gets hot and quite bothered on Hadrians Rib (VS 4c)
Arrange these words in the right order
AT makes good an escape onto more familiar ground - Hadrians Buttress (HS and the rest!)
CB's crest falls a little.....
AT gets ready for the big rock over
Good to have to monster nuts in place......
The ubinkuitus CB sticks to the Rib at VS 4c
Superb pic thanks to BP
But whilst we were here....
Pinnacle Face had a powerful pull
So we sent CB up there!
One or two quite wild moves later....
BP takes a walk on the wild side
AT makes some similar moves up this difficult but pretty safe route