04 January 2010

Summertime in Wintertime

I went climbing, well bouldering to be precise, yesterday afternoon at what is probably the only dry venue in the whole of Cumbria at the moment. Most slabs of rock have snow melting down them, but with the benefits of the Gulf Stream's warming effect the Sandstone blocks found on the West Coast of Cumbria were nice and dry and what was even better was the fact that it felt like summer. There were no clouds in the sky and the sun had a wonderful warming effect on what would have normally been cold limbs at this time of year.

There isn't much else to say. I dispatched nine problems from that magical grade of VB to V3 and worked a couple of other things, but eventually, like my last afternoon session, the light had the better of me and I had to turn tail, scramble up the cliffs and head for home. I'll leave you with a triplet of pictures from the session.

Boulder 8, St Bees North Head with a friendly fisherman whiling away his time.

A St. Bees local dispatches Block Traverse (V4) with ease.

The sun sinking below the horizon line at the end of a productive afternoon session.

Good lines, stay safe and see you on the wet stuff...

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