First stop, the small cluster just above the woods before you get to Botton Head. A pleasant little cluster containing grades in the Font 4/5+ range, with great views of the Ingleby Incline Boulders. (Don't be deceived by the clean looking cluster on top of Ingleby Moor. The Boulders are around 3ft high - the best illusion I've ever come across. Steve named this the Magic Cluster! ) Anyway onwards.....
Next stop: Earthworks, we dropped down into the first North-facing crag to find a small higher tier bearing a small face with two rail features on it - something to warm up on!
Earthworm Jim Font 6b* SS Video still Steve Ramsden
Two good problems from sit, some hard pulls and a strong off balance crossover are needed on Earthworm Jim F6b*, The higher sloping rail is a bit easier: Slippery Jim F6a SS.
The lower crag tier contained some highball lines, some nice angles with dubious landings - not sure of the quality of climbing though, bold and in need of a clean! Following the ridge round eastwards to the established selection of bouldering was Earthwork Rocks. Better rock holding a selection of entertainment. The best being Red and White F6b** and Under the Arch F6b** These are Steve Crowe and Karin Magog ascents. Keen to make an addition Steve Ramsden added a sit start problem to the left hand of the Arch boulder. Good starting moves then a big pop into a large pocket with a nice spicy top out.
Steve on Holeshot F6b+*
Skirting further down the boulders on the ridge of Urra Moor above Bilsdale (before Weighill's plantation and the small quarry with a big slab boulder in it.) Things began to look quite promising? There were two lines with satisfying-looking angles on quality rock. Firstly on a lower boulder, Pythagoreanism F6a* SS good moves on slopers, top out left of the top arete.
Steve Stretching hard on Pythagoreanism F6a* SS
Whilst I scouted the small crag over the wall, Steve worked on what was to be what become 42 font 7a+ SS 6c+ from standing (The Meaning of Life', according to Douglas Adams) Absolute Bliss! Unlocking the sequence of moves proved difficult - sloping crimps, small crimps, a poor pinch and sloping top! Arghh, never mind the sit start, eventually the sit fell to a controlled rocking slap onto a crimp, due to some very precise body-positioning, giving the Moors another classic test piece.
42 Font 7a+*** SS
This was all less than halfway through a knackering ten hour scouting boulderthon of the Moors.
Part Two to come and hopefully footage of the line 42 from Steve...........