As the arrival date gets closer, I am trying to tick off the last few starred routes that I have not done locally. This pretty much means Heptonstall. Phil had to work this morning, so we only started climbing at 1ish, Never the less, we got a few routes in.
We warmed up on the usual VS's, before I climbed Cream E4 6a* to get the fingers going. It was a little warm through the crux, as the rock is black and had started to hold the heat, I then had a go at Badlands E4 6b*. This used to have a lot more holds on it when I first started climbing here 11 years ago. Climbing what's left, it is still the same grade, but there is one really hard move halfway which I fell off a lot. I like to think it is just early season, but I have climbed a few routes and problems already that have been 6b, and this felt hard. If I was 6 foot though, it would not be as bad. Eventually, I made it past that move and climbed the route ground up, which is some consolation.
We rapped things up with an ascent of Thin Red Line E2 5b***, which is much pumpier with the rope on. No pics again today, sorry. I will try tomorrow to get some of the new, very bright orange trousers.