Monday, 27 April 2009

Living For The Weekend



Another great day today, with only a brief spell of light rain which didn't put too much of a downer on the experience. In fact the afternoon was lovely at our chosen venue - Millstone.

I kicked of with a 'warm up' on Eros, which to my dismay became a bit too pumpy for a warm up and instead turned into a bit of a epic as I cursed, blew and farted my way up it.... followed by MarkD and SteveJ who bearly even grunted during their second. Harumph.

Andy and Mark made a rapid ascent of the great slab and subsequent ascents of the fine Covent Garden and Skywalk too. As well as a nip up Eartha, which was expertly photographed by David Bailey; aka Me. SteveJ waltzed up a poorly protected Lyons Corner House Direct and Snoop, sorry, Mark, dogged his way up Dexterity with fine climbing up the direct finish. Pumpppppy! Followed by Andy in good style to within a short distance of the top..... when he ran out of petrol.

I then climbed By-Pass up via damoclean blocks and a 'bold' traverse protected by a superb skyhook runner - Yes! - with a finish up the ace top corner Great North Road. Steve climbed Embankment 4.... In poor style I hasten to add:  didn't even swear. One is supposed to swear on that route - it's the law.
Erm, Snoop then climbed Embankment 3 in his usual style... admittedly with some very exciting climbing through the crux - check out the photo maaaan!
All in all a very good day. "


Others, out at the weekend included AndyP, GailK and AndyG who had a classic day out on the Idwals Slabs. Starting with Quartz Eliminate VS 4b, continuing up the remainder of Charity VDiff., then up Lazarus Sev., and finishing with Gail leading The Arete V.Diff., resulted in a guidbook length of 690 feet of climbing. All accomplished with no epics and not even the remotest chance of benightment.

SteM was also out in Wales and it looks like he had a fine day out exploring the Nantle Ridge.