This was a successful meet enjoyed by all who attended, despite some initially poor weather and a relatively small turn-out.
Saturday was a frustrating day of rain-aborted climbing in Langdale and a disconsolate potter to the Aira Force waterfall, as the weather turned annoyingly sunny. Thankfully the promise of good weather came good for the rest of the weekend.
Friday saw the long-traditional visit to the Brown Slabs area of Shepherd’s Crag and its excellent selection of good easy routes. New member Ewan Ritchie was shown the ropes with aplomb by Malcolm Brentford, while Chris Manasseh and Yvonne Parr tackled the VS round the corner.
As is usual at Brown Slabs we picked our way through the top-ropes and soaked up the relaxed atmosphere of a laid-back crag on a sunny day. My personal highlight was watching a Red Squirrel solo Brown Slabs Crack (VS 4c) in roughly 10 seconds, before forging a new route through the vegetated rock above.
|Said Squirrel demonstrating technique for Chris M.|
Assuming the first ascender chooses not to speak up, I’m naming it The Nutkin Extension (HXS 5b).
The day was all about sharing skills, friendly banter and loving the rough volcanic rock. The slab is great value for its size, offering a good selection of routes, including what must be the thinnest V.Diff anywhere (10 degrees steeper and it would be more like HVS). The light was turning golden, autumn suggesting itself timidly, before we headed reluctantly homeward, happy with the weekend’s work.
Article - Chris Manasseh
(picture from the Daily Express website)