Friday, 26 July 2013

Saxon

A couple of weeks ago we headed down to the Lakes/Peak for a few days and managed to climb the amazing Saxon on Scafell. It was my first mountain route of the year and it was absolutely scorching! It's the first time that I have been to Scafell and I underestimated the walk just a little....
The walk in was horrendous, it was over 20degrees and every time we passed a river, we were in it! Eventually we made it to the route which was fortunately in the shade. and after drying off a little, I set off on the first pitch. All of the pitches was around 40m long and the first one wandered a little and so by the time I made it to the belay, I thought I was going to get pulled back down with the drag!
Neill headed up the second pitch and very quickly realised that it was a bit damp. It now made sense that there was chalk on the first and not the second, they had obviously traversed off. He made it through the two cruxs and up to the crack before the belay, which was absolutely dripping. We ended up traversing onto a different route for the final pitch. After flip-flopping back to the car, we drove into Ambleside and took part in a random pub quiz...we came last.

Happy...before the walk-in!


Gun show to the crag.
 
 
 


On the last belay

Bouldering up Scafell

First pitch

Creepy face

Who's this guy?


Over the last month I have also helped out on a couple of Quickdraw real rock days. One of these was a weekend in the Lakes and I poured down both days. We ended up visiting Hodgeclose quarry, which although was a very impressive sight, was a little disappointing climbing wise. However, it was a little perma-dry sport wall and so anything outdoors in that weather is a bonus. After a few hours there, we went to the Kendal wall to do a few routes.
The second day we went orienteering in Whinlatter forest which turned out to be surprisingly fun. We then went to shepherds crag for the last few hours and went over belay building and even managed to climb a few wet routes.