We may be mad but we made a dash for sunshine before the snow today. Dave had noticed a sheltered quarry that also got the sun and alsi not in a guidebook. With an early start we hit the rock early and found it nice and warm although belaying was in down jackets and gloves!
Superb day, best named climbs I’ve seen and I put up my hardest sport grade outdoors in the UK
Check it out here on inc
So on the pretence of a friends birthday and due to foul weather we headed off into the lakes. The weather really was manky.
I’m not sure the van option was a great idea as 80mph winds were rocking it to the edge.
But we set off over the tops , battered drenched but happy
We wandered through the old copper mines, it’s incredible to think of the guys literally teeing through mountains. And that rock is hard! We made it into Cathedral Cave, is hoped it was still bolted but looks like the National trust don’t want climbing in there. Still stunning though
We made it back through various quarries in time for cake alcohol and games
And don’t mess with the girls
It’s your time of year! Don’t be put off thinking it’s hard this lot was within a mile of my house. Kilo of apples, damsons, hazelnuts (bit early for these) 2kg of blackberries and 3kg of sloes. This is all food for free.
Lots of jams, syrups, crumbles, gin and liquor will be made and go out as christmas pressies.
Finally. It’s taken 20months of leading trad to climb my first ‘proper’ E1 yesterday. Not just a glorified 6m boulder route. It’s called Pinnacle Arete at Wharncliffe. You can check it here
The same day also top roped an E2 that I’m fairly certain I’d rather do over my boulder mat than with a rope on as I couldn’t find a placement on it.
And I spent my day with these two cracking people
O and find this little fellow while soloing. I nearly fell off!
It’s gritstone season, welcome to my backyard! If in the Sheffield area come say hi and share a nip of the strong stuff at a crag
It’s ages since I’ve put anything in here about climbing which probably has a lot to do with my hectic diary, state of mind and lack of climbing. I was persuaded however to head out to castle naze this weekend.
This is a brilliant little crag, probably with enough routes to keep you going 3 or 4 trips and of all grades from diff to e3 + check the UKC here .
Best thing about this place is the view. A beautiful rolling valley, little hamlets, raptor, farming and great rock.
Nothing was loose, belays were good and the rock lovely and grippy. Good belay stances too and the descent is about 30seconds!
Much love x
Me and Gareth up on crib goch. Determined to get back that fit
I feel it’s positive to share this little project and when I say little I mean huge, fabulous and nuts.
If you fancy visiting, seeing the project or exploring a brilliant part of the country, Grace now has a wendy house in the woods that you can rent on air bnb. check it out HERE
Another weekend of learning building skills, eating excellent food, card games and friendship without the trappings of phones, internet and hurry.
I also had a go at cooking plantain for the first time, it’s amazing! Great discovery
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