More sunshine and more rock, they just keep coming. We are back down at Crag X.
It’s difficult photographing climbers when there are just the two of you. All bum and feet,with the head often disappearing, too much backlight from the sky and in any case one should be paying attention to belaying not taking a hand off the rope to click the shutter. Here is our latest offering, some lovely slab climbing.
The day had started cool and bright but as time went by warm sunshine was blessing our efforts. A buttress promised some steep climbing. From our perch below we envisaged two possible lines, they looked feasible from this angle but a bit of toproping to test them out was thought advisable. It is always more satisfying to climb a route ‘on sight’ ground up, discovering the sequences anew as you proceed, but on unclimbed harder lines an exploratory attempt in safety is accepted. That was our strategy anyway and as it happened both lines turned out to be beyond our capabilities, steeper and more strenuous than expected. Someone else more talented will come along and climb them.
My drive home was accompanied by a luminous full moon, a perfect end to the day.
Rpughy how many routes do you think your new venue will evetually provide?
So far we have done about 25. But have picked the best and cleanest lines at our grade. Most worth a few stars.
There are some outstanding looking harder, much harder, lines.
I think we can easily double our tally of easier routes with a bit of gardening, before the cat is out of the bag.
I think that comment deserves naming one of the routes as Seth?
Ha Ha – good idea.
Going off the middle photo that looks easily climbable but I’m sure if it was you would have been up there like a rat up a drainpipe 🙂 It’s good that you’ve found a new venue though, I hope you get to enjoy it a lot more before it becomes common knowledge.
Things aren’t what they seem, that ‘easy looking’ buttress we tried on a top rope for long enough before admitting defeat and the rats retreated with their tails between their legs.