|High on Whaup Edge|
After the downpours this week I was keen to get out and take advantage of the good forecast. Looking through the guidebook, Eastby seemed like a good option. South facing, Very quick to dry, a bunch of 3 star classics and I had never been before, Sold! I meet Elliot on the way, and before long we had racked up a total of 9 routes.
|Elliot on Piilar Rib VS 4c***|
Firstly we soloed Eastby Buttress VD***, then Pillar Rib VS 4c***. Elliot put the rope on to lead Pillar Front E2 5b***, which was as excellent as the others so far. I then led Thumper E4 5c***. Despite being bold, the climbing was steady and again did not lack in quality. Elliot then flashed the route as well, giving us both a good haul so far. Both of us soloed Nose Climb S 4a*** and Index Variation VS 5a** before having a look at Dead Babies E5 6b** which is a short solo. After falling off the last hard move near the top, we decided to bin it and try some other routes. I led Thumper Direct E5 6a, which I thought was the better way to do the route and not that much bolder. Elliot wrapped up the leading for the day with The Padder E1 5b**. We the both soloed Whaup Edge VS 4b** to finish the day. All the routes we did today were excellent and I would highly recommend a visit to the crag if you have not been before.
|Elliot on Index Variation VS 5a**|