Had a few weeks off in a determined effort to lose strength, form and fitness. This was clearly successful given a somewhat nugatory effort at a new crag - Corby's, compensated for by steady climbing at a venue last visited in 2009 - East Woodburn.
Optimistic outlook on arrival
Corby's has a 2 minute walk in just behind
NB meets Mr Jones
Who turns out to be a slippery customer
Holds very sandy like marbles, feet insecure, hand holds all sloping, no more gear above this point wisely abandoned lead and reverted to top rope rather than risk testing the last cam
By contrast Plonka properly graded at S 4a and excellent well protected interesting climbing throughout worth both stars.
Crossover (S4a) apparently goes straight up then traverses left round the back of the tree.
AT backs off after short fall on gear in first break, poor holds on bulging rock above with ground fall potential.
Had a look at a VS4c with good gear but too steep given state of pump and mind.
Headed south for something more predictable
NB on Green Slab
The Arete follows the right hand edge on good holds
Next Stop - Pub for tales of derring don't