Sunday, 25 March 2012

Scorcher in the Lakes!!

Yesterday we headed down to shepherds crag in Borrowdale. Super keen, we left Edinburgh at 4am and we were on the rock by 8! (first at the crag as usual). It was pretty chilly in the morning and so we started the day off with an absolute classic - Creeping Jesus (HVS 5a). What a brilliant first trad pitch of the year.
     Me on Creeping Jesus 
                         

On C.D.M.



By the time we had done a couple of routes on this buttress, including the famous Grasp(E1 5b) and C.D.M. (VS 4c) the temperature had raised to double figures and so we went to the Brown Slabs in search of some shade. Here we soloed three outstanding, if not a little slippy, pitches. All of the pitches were around VD and every hold was like glass.

                                                             Soloing on Brown Slabs


To finish off the day we did the 2 star(but definitely worth 3) Conclusion (E1 5b). This took an amazing line up a massive corner, on glassy handholds and tiny sharp footholds. It's fair to say that my calves were pretty pumped after 24m of bridging.

                                                      Bridging madness on Conclusion

Totally cream crackered at the end of the day.