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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Wharncliffe Heat Wave

Wednesday 21st June
CB back into the loop after last week's drop out, standing in this week for BP who is soaking up the Dorset sun.  Weather north of Leeds very mixed so south bound again - according to my UKC it's been 10 years since we were at
Wharncliffe Crags
Although something tells me there's been a trip since then? (PS it was July 2008)  The crag is rather long and broken so planned to operate across three sectors, starting with the
Great Buttress Area

NB on Remus wondering what the Romans ever did for us

Soon in the flow

Beta not needed on this splendid severe

The little overlap

Move up right to lock onto the lay away

NB up for more roaming about on Romulus

CB operating at about 10% capacity

AT jumps a turn to bag the main route hereabouts- Great Buttress

Tricky lower section leads to some bold moves next to an unconvincing cam

NB helpfully points out the optional side runner

So stepped back down and whopped in a big bong!

Beginning to regret not being more diligent with gear in the lh rope.

Fortunately the finishing moves are straightforward enough apart from the snappy hold

CB gets himself going on the direct finish
(Just a Minute)
at E15b

No hesitation, deviation or repetition

Moving on
Puttrells Progress Sector

Starts with an amenable slab with three pleasant routes which seemed to go ok in the short sharp shower

Soon dried out

More pleasant climbing just As We Like It

CB follows in great shape

AT gives away his hiding place whilst making progress of sorts

Everyone seems to find it all very funny

So a quick swing out and launch across gets progress back on track

Plenty still to do but good holds lead to a steep finish

Masses of action packed into a mere 12m

The definition of
"Good Value"

Himmelswillin Sector

CB cruises up the final route

Sustained climbing to a rest out left before the final crack

Gear selection and placement impeccable as ever

NB shows Willing

Gott im Himmel!!

The Longest Day -  time well spent!

Note that route 8 gets HVD in the guide

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