One more good day left before winter temps arrive. Forecast good for SE Scotland so headed up that way to see how good it was at;
Sunny spells and reasonably temperature - picking up from where AT and CB left off in August on Fir Tree Buttress to explore some more new lines.
NB heads up Burns Offering (Direct) at something like HVD
Grades hereabouts are at best enigmatic
The finishing wall is awkward to gain via the flake but offers rewarding holds
AT varies the ramp start on Ramp and Wall
The Wall also got varied with a section from Conifer Direct
No prizes for guessing what went wrong.
Earlier on CB had eyed up the red line
Bulging, undercut unprotected start
Gets VD in the guide
As in Very Desperate
CB renders it feasible
Hand grabbing arm stretching feet flailing body rocking good
Pleasant finishing wall at about Mild Severe
NB takes a Mo to think about the first bit of gear
CB knows something we don't.
NB makes some mo' shapes
A few Mo-ments later
A fine line
The bulge and hanging slab is "The Glade"
It's been on AT's list for a long while
Time it came off.
Runner in the RH crack helps stop the nerves jangling before the make or break rock over up onto the slab
Feels a bit under-gladed
Feels precarious until....
....a couple of moves leads to a landing on the one big(?) foothold
Big holds provide a satisfying exit
CB on a cruise
Another new route on the crag
Diminuendo 4b provides an off width intro
Until recently all hidden behind a huge tree
"head torch optional"
CB opts for a variation finale up the steep wall of Fawlty Towers at 4c
AT on the starting moves
Off width layback the best bet - can't hang about
Two takes on the big finish on Fawlty Towers
Yet more hybrid combo climbing
AT starts up Twin Cracks before moving out left onto Chris's Route
Proper start is up the undercut nose centre pic
Open climbing up the face provides a great contrast
NB popped up Miny, then CB finishes off with the classic line of Tacitation
The climbing is never desperate
Except for the first three metres, all of which are.
Another great late season day out
Could be the last outside in 2018
A brilliant year
1 Grade not given in guide
2 Grade guessed
3 Grade as per guide, start is maybe HS 4b
4 About right
5 MVS 4c is a wierd grade, implies well protected crux. VS 4c
6 Grade S4b start about right, VS 4c finish very run out
7 About right
8 The RH start reduces the HS to S and easy 4b
9 Very hard start getting harder. About right overall