I met up with Dan and John at Almscliff today with high hopes after recent outings. Things felt ok warming up on a range of easy routes and problems, but it was soon evident that it was not my day when I tried a little harder. Some of the trickier problems I fancied as quick ticks, gave me a quick kicking. Feeling hard done by, we went to some old favourites. After falling off The Doplhin Belly Slap a couple of times, the toys were ejected from the pram. Once I put my dumby back in, and climbed it properly, things started to look up. After a first go send of Demon Wall Roof, I was happy again and started thinking bigger. I made good progress on Demon Wall Roof Left Hand V9 font 7c, falling off the last hard move before I can stand up and finish. This happened a few times, running out steam we moved on, but it should go next time. We then went and made a quick ascent of Patta's Arete V6 font 7a. I dropped the onsight when my heel slipped off, but got it next shot.
|Dan working hard on Patta's Arete|
We wrapped the day up with a few easy classics as the light started to fade. a great day.