20 June 2010

Saturday Shenanigans

Looking out across Borrowdale, towards Keswick, from the base of Quayfoot Buttress.

Back in work this weekend and after a quite day on Saturday and an early finish (4pm) it was a mad dash into the Borrowdale Valley in the hope of getting two routes in, in just two hours, before heading out for the night in Keswick town.

Pulling over the overhang on Irony (HVS-).

The crag of choice was Quayfoot Buttress because of it's close proximity to the road. I have visited the crag on one previous occasion and was impressed by not only the routes, but also the quality of the rock and the setting of the buttress.

High up on The Go Between (E2).

The two routes for the two hour challenge were the three pitch classic Irony (HVS-) and The Go Between (E2), a two pitch route up some spectacular rock and in order to cut down on time we eliminated the belays at the ends of each pitch, and instead, climbed on through to the top. This meant that some thought had to be paid to the ropes and the placing of gear to eliminate the dreaded rope drag, but we managed it on both occasions, and we also nearly managed to get both of the routes done in two hours.

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

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