Friday, 5 August 2011

2 Crags in 1 Day

Above: Dan following the 1st pith of Face Route

After being ill last week and failing to climb on Monday having still not recovered fully, I was keen to get back into it in the Dales today with Dan. We started out at Gordale warming up on one of the easy sport routes (not recommended). Face Route E3 5c,6a*** was next. I led the 1st pitch, which we both thought was the main event. Fantastic, intricate climbing which feels quite out there with the fixed gear now so poor. Dan swiftly led the 2nd pitch which was probably only VS to the 1 crux move. A bit of a let down really.

Above: Dan following the 1st pith of Face Route
Below: Dan setting off up the 2nd pitch

We then moved on to Malham to tick some classics. Dan made short work of Wombat E2 5c***, then turned his attention to Wind and Wuthering E3 5c**. He put in a sterling effort, but fatigue set in through the crux and the lob was taken. I then had a go with the extra benefit of Dan's gear. A bit of extra energy seemed to come back and this made the difference as I picked my way through the crux. A good route to finish the day.

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