28 Jun 2010

Mad Sheep and Englishmen

A very hot day and another venue to check out - White Stone Crag - well that's what it says on the OS map! look more like boulders to me? The boulders are just south of Stoney Wicks on the Scugdale edge, you can see the large West face boulder in the distance as you head towards the Horse Hole valley.
On arrival after a quick scout through the thick bracken round the boulders and across Rank Edge below the White Stone Boulders, We decided to get the mat out on the Humble Boulder (Topo Here) adding a line on the right hand end using a faint crimp and pocket - no arete
Toe Jam - Font 6a - Humble Boulder
Next onto the west face of the flutings boulder, attempting a hard sit start to the left of the Picture but no success! so settled for a stand on a nice problem with a spicy top out.....
Nice and Spicy - F5+ - Flutings Boulder
The Prowler - SS Font 6a - The Prow Boulder
A traverse can be done to the left from sit finishing up Prowler
The best problem for me on the day was Pusillanimous SS Font 6b** on the prow of the Ripples Boulder - Trying to get round a big sloping bulge was very tricky hard work in the heat! well worth it.
Pusillanimous - SS Font 6b** - The Ripples Boulder
Pusillanimous Top out 
West Wall Central project
Feet sorted and pulling for the next even smaller Hold  
The West Wall had two project lines as far as I could see - The Central wall finishing up the sloping rail and the left hand end without the arete - both projects need a good clean and the left end may have some loose flakes? so take a rope to clean it.
In all the boulders were quite sandy and in need of a clean - yet they kept us entertained and the view of Scugdale was priceless.

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