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
Another day at Stanage. Was good to get out with Gareth and climb some cracking mud grade climbs. Led 3 VS and 1 HVS and followed Gareth up 4 more.
Im so sorry, I went to Stanage, it was sunny, I climbed and didn’t take any pics. It was great to get the trad rack out and put a few routes up. I’d forgotten what it was like to trust a new belayer but we went with Nat’s friend, Peggy. Which is far more scary when you know she’s lead 8a before. Although it is nice when she says you lead something hard.
Here’s the logbook from yesterday
OK ok I know it’s nothing hard but I am the average climber
Bring on light nights x
So I’m trying to be a little more focused on improving my bouldering. My lead climbing has definitely suffered though. I’m trying to do something every day to improve or maintain my bouldering …. including my now weekly yoga. I even made it outdoors to Birchen Edge in the Peak District, UKC logbook here
I’m also trying to build in little things like extensor exercise and my indo board
I may also have eaten a LOT of cheese
Spring is here. Be positive all x
Fabulous day out today scrambling with a lovely bunch of people from the Sheffield Climbers meetup.com group. The water was steaming down and we all got wet, green and happy!
More than worth a trip. Willing to admit we got to the top and had a snowball fight.
Sorry for no updates, busy time of year in my line of work. Indoors has been going well; I’m bouldering harder than I’ve managed before and on the ropes I’m chewing the bit, and falling off a lot of 6c+/7a I feel that by the end of the winter I’ll be there.
Also squeezed in a session of trad on Stanage. I went down there with the sole intention of climbing the Marmoset (HS 5a) it’s a real one move wonder with a really strong start. It took a few attempts but got it down and topped it off with a HVS and VS. Really happy and between me and Marc we shifted 10 routes.
Batten down the hatches for a ranty post about grades, in the mean time….smile
Managed to get back outdoors at Black rocks yesterday. Mostly on the west face. Managed to shuffle up the wide chimney, minimal gear placement and my knees took the brunt of a brutal knee bar
Shifted the birch tree wall as well.
Good to be off plastic!