Despite things looking a little damp outside this morning, I nipped over to Woodhouse after I had dropped Rose at pre school. The main reason for going was to see how things felt on a new eliminate I had been trying. This is the crack of the Sheriff only, which makes for some tough moves.
Conditions were surprisingly good on the Sheriff block, so I warmed up on Cave Buttress doing all the classics up to 7a+, then mooched back over to the Sheriff block. It had been a while since I had done the Sheriff 7b+ it's original way, so did that to complete the warm up. This eliminate has been a project for a while, and I've probably been trying it on and off for a year. I put in some real effort last year and got close, but didn't have a good way of finishing. Trying to do it all nice and techy made it desperate. Now I had a good way to finish, I just wanted a better way to get into the crack proper. Today I finally found this better way, which meant I could do the first crux move easier, and save the energy needed for the next part of the crux. I dropped the crux a few times, started to feel impatient. After a good rest and psyche up I gave it absolutely everything I had. I made it through the crux and just had to hit the top. My head felt like it was going to explode as I held by breath and pulled that bit harder, and hit the top. Once I came down and sat on the mat I thought I was going to throw up. I lay there for around 20 mins before I moved on to do some other problems, but pretty happy with the result of the effort I'd put in.
I finished off my morning by doing the Trackside Arete 6a and Trackside Wall 7a at the far end of the crag. Then I worked back and did Angel Face 7b+, Roof Eliminate 7b+ and Rainy Days 7b+ on the Clingen Face. I tried to do Houdini, but had nothing left when I got to the lip. Instead I wrapped things up with Close to the Edge 7a and continued up to the top for the E3 6b tick. A great morning that my body seems to be suffering for now. No pics etc. as I didn't take camera thinking it would not be in the best of condition, Error.