I met up with Dan and Tom at Caley today to hide out of the wind and try the Great Flake E6 6b***. All went well warming up on a variety of problems up to V6 before heading up to check out the flake.
Dan had dropped a rope down and give it a go, cleaning it a little and placing a couple of runners. I fancied trying to flash it with the gear in place. Things went well as I moved past the first runner and got set to clip the second just before the crux 2/3 up. As I pulled the rope up to clip, my foot popped and I was ejected. Dan stopped me just off the ground, but the rope was between my legs and he gave me a punch to the blollocks for good measure. If that was not bad enough, the rope had wrapped around my left hand when I came off and crushed my fingers when it took. That pretty much ended my day as my ringer finger started to swell and will no longer straighten. I am hoping it is just a bit of swelling and will fix quickly.
|Dan and Tom (below) demonstrating some good slab faces|
|Tom cruising a nice V2|
Dan and Tom moved on to more bouldering, sending a range of problems. I did put my shoes back on for one problem, a V4 with one hard long move. This gives my some hope that the finger will mend soon.
|Dan sending a tricky V5|