Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Team Scotland

Over the last 3 days Greg, James and Mhairi have been down from Edinburgh. I met up with them on Sunday at Kilnsey for a spot of bolt clipping. Greg was psyched for Dominatrix, so we got on that. Greg was making quick progress up to the crux at the top. I was finding the crazy steepness not my thing and after bolt to bolting it, decided to change to slab culture. A couple of goes showed this was a better choice, but the cold was killing me off. Mhairi showed her training had paid off, with a quick redpoint of slab culture.
Below Me onsighting Rick's Rock E4 6b/highball V5

Above Greg and below Mhairi soloing Angel's Wall HVS 5a

Yesterday we gave Caley a bash. After walking up to the crag, we climbed a range of routes and problems, The highlight for the others was a solo of Angel's Wall. For me it was an onsight solo of Rick's Rock. In the afternoon we went down to the roadside boulders. Trying to aviod the sun we found shade by moving around and ticking a few classics. Everyone ticked Rabbit Paw Wall which was the favorite of most, but for me it was my quick tick of New Jerusalem.

Above Greg soloing Rabbit Paw Wall HVS 5b
Above James and below Greg on Otley Wall V2 6a

Today we went to Armscliff to tick a few more classics and have a bit of an easy day. We did Overhanging Grove, Great Western, Demon Wall and a couple of others. A few quality V4 traverses were done as well as many other problems. It was a nice way to rap off 3 great days.
Above and below: Mhairi on Great Western HVS 5a, Armscliff

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