29 May 2010

Looks Good from Space

"Looks good from space" refering to the Esklets Crag and the surrounding area. After a major Googlising session the Esklets looked like a very promising venue? After quite a trudge in from the parking on Blakey Ridge we dropped down on the crag. with an eye on the unclimbed arete on the right hand end of the crag, climbing it on left hand side. Steve Ramsden set up a top rope and soloed various routes while I set about a full sweep of the crag and beyond....
Steve Toping out Eskalation (After adding a sit start)
Not much to report really considering the amount of rock! except one small section with three arete/walls with a couple of undercut starts, it maybe worth the walk for such few problems? makes for good exercise.
After some efforts on the arete we both came to the conclusion it wasn't good value for money, so puntered up Slip and Fly - E3 6b - Good moves.
Uninspired by the Esklets it was time to check the nice looking cluster of boulders directly opposite on Howdale Hill. Nice Font like rock but not very high - too much effort to get there for me not to do anything so got the shoes on!
Steve on 'Big Hairy Caterpillar' Font 6a
After some hardy attempts at a sit start on a small rounded leaning block - a very satisfying one move wonder emerged
Steve on 'Setae' Font 6c -  The perfect sloper
Topping out 'Setae' very remote little boulders
After this a quick get away - over to Goathland, where Steve finished the extension link to 'The Huntsman' agreeing with it's *** and turning the Huntsman into 'The Hunted' Font 7a+ - and a little time left to clean the five metre roof in the woods.
Speedy roof cleaning whist getting midge bitten!
Legs like jelly and covered in midge bites it was time to make a hasty retreat.

1 comment:

  1. that lens was a good buy! like the cleaning shot!