Northumberland looked like it might stay dry so bombed up the Coldstream Road to an attractive looking new venue....
Why haven't we been before? Same distance as Kyloe, loads of routes at an amenable grade, short walk in less than 10 mins, south facing, good height, easy descent, good gear, belays fine, shelter if it rains,quiet location, great views.
What's not to like??
Slab Crack (L)
Both hugely enjoyable
ATwhistles up the flutes
Three big bongs !
NB rehearses the pumpy start on Hi Diddle Diddle
AT talked himself up it.....
On Slab Crack
NB warming up
NB below the crux wall of Slanting Crack
Quite steep and committing moves follow up to the left
AT on Western Arete
Bit of an epic trying to move through the roof
Finished up traversing right underneath and going up from that side to gain the arete.
(Guide book says it's an option!!)
NB followed in a knee bar blur!
Time to wind down before the murk gets wet in it.
Maybe make it up the left next time
NB does a Big Bird thing
Sod Sesame Street - fly me to the pub!
nb route lengths estimated from length of rope run out