Above: Starting the upper section of chip and Pin
After all the rain over the last couple of days and the temp cooling down, Elliot and I thought we would have a walk up to The Roost for some steep dry rock. This is a old, but newly developed crag between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden which has steep, sustained and well protected routes. I started off climbing Chip and Pin E5 6a***(or One Over Eight E5 6b***, take your pick). This is the easiest route there, but not really a warm up, so I failed in the last third. After climbing to the lower off (access reason), Elliot had a top rope to see how it felt. Having had a short rest I tied back in and Led the route clean. Awesome steep climbing all the way. Elliot wanted to top rope the route a couple of times before leading it. There is an indirect start as well at E5 6b*** which adds a good punch to the route overall, with some steep moves up a thin crack, before joining the main route at the point it starts to get tricky. I managed to flash this one now being warmed up, then Elliot managed a solid lead of the original. We finished the session off top roping the routes a couple of times which is all good training.
Above & Below: Mid crux