It has been a real poor week weather wise, but there have been windows on dryness. Whilst down in Llanberis visiting friends, I managed to grab a couple of hours on Thursday in Vivian with Smithy. I had only been here once before and climbed Comes the Dervish E3 5c***, so was glad to come back and try and tick off another route. Smithy led the Dervish and I followed hoping to warm up and get a feel for slate climbing again. Feeling good, I jumped on Flashdance E5 6a***. This is bold, but steady, and I found myself stepping into the Dervish after 10 mins climbing. I was pretty psyched with this, having no real knowledge of the route and there being no chalk on it. It felt like a proper outing across the face.
Pulling hard on Cracker Jack
Today after a 30+ miler on the bike, I found myself surprisingly free. I nipped over to Woodhouse to see how Cracker Jack V10/font 7c+ felt. After climbing all the problems on Cave buttress, I got stuck in. It is another eliminate based around the Sheriff which eliminates pretty much all the holds above the roof, leaving a couple of slopers and the arete. Life the Sheriff-less, which I had done. It came down to getting my heel on and keeping it on long enough to move my hands and adjust it. After losing more skin off my ankle, I finally managed to get my heel to stick long enough to adjust and finish. An awesome end to a surprising week of climbing.