|Elliot getting involved with the pod on Squirrel Crack|
It was Elliot's first visit, so he was first up on Squirrel Crack E1 5b***. This is on the easy side of the grade, but offers some outstanding and amusing climbing up the long crack. Elliot cruised this, which then meant it was time to look at the main objectives for the day. Elliot was keen for Flame Arete E5 6b**, and I Driveby E6 6b***. We both Abseiled down the routes to give them a clean. They had seen recent traffic which made this quite quick, but was still worth the effort after the rain last night.
I was first up to try and flash Driveby. The gear is excellent and can be placed off jugs, with the peg in reach for me from the bridge in the chimney. This route is totally my style, balancey moves out of the chimney, then sustained crimping above. I was totally psyched to flash this with little trouble, and was keen to see Elliot do the same on Flame Arete.
Unfortunately, Elliot was not on form today. He got shut down by the crux moves leaving the break. I blame it on his long legs etc. A route that it better suited to the average stature. I took advantage of Elliot's hard work and had a bash. Moving through the crux I slipped off a damp undercut, NOOOOOOOO! A quick brush and lower off, it went a peachy next go. Gutted to blow the flash, but these things happen. I thought the route was very good, but probably 6a for me (the right body dimensions I guess).
Get down here folks. It will only get better with traffic.