29 Nov 2012

Up High

Late nights staring at pixels at the moment, it's quite nice re-living all the experiences of the days out climbing as we put the finishing touches to each venue, ready to put them in there place in the guide.

Last weekend was spent at High Crag, on the boulders out of the woods on the right end. A quick drying set of blocks with a fine 40 circuit on up to 7b.

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Steve obsessed with the Elephant Boulder 
Mike on Skyfall 7a+, sweet moves on the arete
The Large Rylstone Pad
Momentum Mini
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19 Nov 2012

No One Can Here You Scream

Despite the erratic weather I'm enjoying climbing so much at the moment, training hard and whittling away my own projects.
Most of the time we are going back to areas to get shots and finish the guide off, sometimes the re-visits are proving fruitful climbing stuff we had dismissed, missed or just felt they were damned hard. pretty rewarding.

Talking about rewarding, Mike Adams has finally climbed the sharp arete at Kay Nest, my favorite venue in the Moors, He has called it 'Mixed Emotions' and it weighs in at a heavy 8b+
I am thinking of having a get together there when the guide is released next spring, what a place to camp look at the stars and wake up to sun kissed boulders.

Never ever heard Mike scream before!
14 hours of walking in and out, 7 sessions later 'Mixed Emotions 8b+' what a line.
 Friday's misty session along the Earthworks ridge.
 Sunday James got smashed in and obsessed on this classy lip/arete
didn't even manage one problem. must try harder, see me after class.
So close ran out of juice, now have three projects to go at, got the moves sorted, keen to go back,
just drawing it all up tonight.

12 Nov 2012

Sailing on a breath of a wind

A jam packed weekend, absolutely knackered!
Straight after work on Friday drove up to the Borough to set a nasty set of problems at the Rock Antics Wall  
I've given the wall a few little prizes for the person that gets the most problems done. Then they made me climb most of them! it hurt.
Bagged some more good shots at Cooks Saturday and managed to win the £10 bet off Steve by climbing the little roof direct at Potters quarry, It took a while.
Sunday saw a frog march to Kay Nest then high crag climbing stuff I had forgotten about, It nearly broke me especially the walk back.
The only way to fly
A Potters quarry classic Borbeletta 6a
New World 7a, tackles the roof direct, worth a tenner any day
Dave who I met at the wall joined us for a circuit
got a good shot of him on First of Many 5+ Potters Quarry
Looking out on a tempting ridge I've not yet checked?

4 Nov 2012

Happy Place

It's been a bit wet on the Moor of late, A perfect time to explore or clean some projects.
Today the weather inverted, giving us a glimpse of bracken free dry conditions, with high hopes for the coming weeks to get back to that happy place, were projects can be worked and excuses of conditions are gone, another taste of the elation of success, then a few days later, was it that hard? So on to the next fix, bring on a cold dry winter?
A 7b sit start to an old school HVS
VS slab eliminate very sketchy!
Mist pouring over the Moor
I cannot see where I parked?
Half an hour ago I was in the dip in the ridge, whipped across the moor to try a recently discovered project, really close, worth the mad dash.