27 Jan 2013

And Then It's Gone

A chance to go wandering in deep virgin snow is so appealing that the dangers of getting there are all forgotten, only anticipation of the chance to plough through the drifts, not knowing how deep, or if any rock will be dry when you eventually make it to the crag? probably not considering how deep it was!

Anyway the falling down snow holes and quarry diving were priceless, I laughed until it hurt, maybe the last of the snow this year? 
Cheers for sorting the parking out
The blocks are under there
A great problem hidden under an Oak tree - Guilty Pleasure 7b+
 Get lost it's my boulder
Franco would have scored a 10 but messed up the landing

6 Jan 2013

Look into the Eyes

Things are getting quite serious at the moment, checking problems and re-checking, but it's well worth the effort, as grades can drive anyone into a straight jacket, bearing in mind all our shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses, so we are trying our best to get them right.
Two days on Ingleby for me was just what the doctor ordered after some christmas indulgence, ease in slowly to get rid of the love handles, getting some exercise on a long stretched out circuit of hillside and dense wooded blocks and at last got back on some dry sandstone.

Day two saw Mike give the Incline it's first 8a Circle My Demise, a bold adventure on the No Prisoners block, Involving some hard moves on sloping holds high up on the problem, some good spotting from Steve
The great grade debate - No way is that 6c+ - harsh words from the Simon Cowell of grades
Pete on a good crimpy line in the Mono Block
Circle My Demise 8a