18 August 2010

A Day Off

Today I had a day off, so instead of snatching the odd climb here and the odd climb there before or after work I had a whole day of climbing down on the sandstone blocks of St Bees' North Head.

Slanty (V3).

We ticked a couple of the problems, which appear in the excellent, but slightly out of date Lakes Bouldering Guide, before we turned to the mini-guide produced by Greg Chapman of Lakes Bloc fame.

Making the leap for the start hold, and the only hold for that matter, on Blue Touch (V6).

Many of the problems that appear in this mini-guide are of excellent quality, but are, with out a doubt, hard! This did mean that for the majority of the day we were getting shut down on individual moves time and time again, until something finally clicked and you pulled on through to come up against the same difficulties on the very next move.

Fruits de Mer (V8).

This was enjoyable however; you felt like you really had achieved something when you finally pulled over the top and with such perfect conditions down on the boulder littered wave cut notch you couldn't complain as you rested in between attempts in the sun, under a picturesque cloud dotted blue sky.

Dynoing for the good hold on Bow Wow Prow (V8).

However it is back to work tomorrow, which means that I can have a much needed rest from climbing; my elbows are starting to feel the strain from so many short, sharp intense sessions early in the morning before work or late in the evening after work.

More pictures can be found here.

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

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