Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Classics with the Numbers

Yesterday Pete and I went West to check out Egerton Quarry.  I was hoping to tick off the last classic E5 arete and one other harder route.  Unfortunately, the winter has not been kind to the quarry.  The lack of traffic has also meant it is all pretty manky.  Pete led the classic Cherry Bomb VS 4c***, before we bailed and went to Wilton 1.

Pete on Cherry Bomb
We had lost a bit of time, so rather than waste any more warming up and trying something hard.  I opted to get on and send some classics.  The quarry was the driest I've ever seen it, so White Slabs Blunt E3 6a*** was first to go.  Tricky moves passed the second peg, then led to steady climbing to the mantel near the top. Quite bold in places, but never too hard.  A route well worth the claim of the best at Wilton.  Next up I led Super Crack E3 5c***.  A little dirty, but still an outstanding route.  The top has not been stabilised yet after the rockfall, so care needs to be taken.

A small day in terms of the number of routes, but all good ones as Wilton continues to deliver.