Another changeable day, best hope once again down in Gods Own Derbyshire, pretty blowy as usual so headed for this year's GO-TO crag -
In an an effort to avoid A61 roadworks and bank holiday hordes plotted a new route down via Stocksbridge, and heading out past various reservoirs to Bamford and Hathersage, missing out Sheffield completely. This was a winner, especially on way back as ignored the stupid detours demanded by the SATNAV on the drive down. Will use this route as the default route to all PEAK venues from now on.
Climbing interrupted twice by sudden downpours moving rapidly on the brisk Sou-Westerlies, but enough sun and wind for rapid return to optimal conditions, lost about 90 minutes (a couple of routes), but still packed a lot into the day with BP in good fettle following recent battle with a few billion viruses.
BP set off in bright sunshine up Pulpit Groove, but by the time P1 was was in the bag the heavens opened and AT followed in very wet conditions. Abandoned crag and headed back to the car for lunch.
Another brief squall was seen off then returned to the crag - sun-dried!
AT gets into a fine position to tackle the tricky groove on Three Tree Climb
The high flake unlocks the way in
Another shower comes and goes
BP restarts with a pleasant lead up Snail Crack
Now the crag is back into good condition - time to push the boat out on Once Pegged Wall
The crack swallows gear but the next moves are steep and after another sustained gibber AT loses the battle of nerves and down climbs from here
Plan B swings into action
BP floats serenely up the bold Gingerbread
AT follows to get the gear then lowers back down to wait for a rope from BP to retrieve the gear seen festooning the wall on the left
Topped out on the TR - should have ignored all that clucking noise first time round and GOT UP THERE LARDY
BP tidies up
Still plenty to come back for.
The obvious crack on the left is on the list