Monday, 21 November 2011
An Easy Day
Today I had an easy day at Heptonstall with Elliot and Beth. The body was in need of a rest, so I spent the day following Elliot up some classics. We started on Main Line VS 4c**, which is a great little slabby/wall climb that looks pretty blank from below, but provides lots of good edges. Elliot decided to get straight on a Thin Red Line E2 5b***. He had been shut down on this on his only other visit to the quarry, but is a much improved climber these days. This was demonstrated as he cruised the route. I nipped up Fairy Steps HS 4b*** next to keep the routes flowing. Elliot then led Brown Sugar E2 5c** which is a little trickier then TRL with a good crux going through the roof on a jam. Again Elliot dispatched the route in good style. We wrapped the day up with Bull's Crack HVS 5a***. This is awesome for the grade and only really gets the 3 stars if you climb the chimney instead of finishing at the ledge, which is the trend. Both Elliot and Beth enjoyed the full 3 star experience.