Monday, 14 February 2011

Gardoms Magic

Had a cool session up on Froggatt with Mr Humphris last Friday, and even though the signs looked ominous to begin with it turned out alright and I was able to get on Narcissus while Ben went for Oedipus. Didn't manage to get them done in the end but another route that can be added to the list of things to come back for.

Saturday we all headed to Gardoms in the hope that the classic Dawes E6, Charlotte Rampling would be in good nick along with a couple other things. Got up there and it was totally soaked but we were optimistic that it'd dry so went and did the amazing Suavito F7B+, a well nice bloc which has to be up there with one of my favourite problems for sure.

Once the sun hit the slab of Charlotte it was fine and was able to get it done! YES! Love those moments when you feel totally in there on a route, completely in that zone, focusing on the next move and getting to the top.

It was a case of back to the same old drizzle yesterday but hopefully it'll pick up some this week and we'll be able to get out. Short video below of some end of the day bouldering.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Send Train

So what an utterly dire day its been today! Nearly 24 hours of constant rain meaning our plans to hit Gardoms were completely out the window, so headed to the wall for a beast of a sesh instead.
However had a really mint day out on Thursday back at Baslow, with a strong crew out including the Hamer boys and Steve Ramsden. Managed to bag The Grand Potato E6 6b, after sorting out the dubious gear and then watching Sam cruise on up the arete. A proper little gem of a route hidden away in the trees with fantastic moves in a great setting. We then all looked on as Steve stepped up for the solo! He crushed it second go after taking a huge huge jump from the very top, and almost missing the pads completely. A proper fine effort!

The Grand Potato

Sam and Ed then both did Poppers, the E5 up the middle of the wall to the right, topping out in the horrendous winds!
We all finished off with some cool bouldering with the wind becoming more and more gale force every minute, almost had to tie the pads down in the end!

Looking outside now and its STILL raining, and with them forecasting more of the stuff for tomorrow it is looking like a beastmaker day!
Next week the mighty Ben Humphris is coming to the Peaks so we are keen to get out and hopefully continue the gritstone tickage! Anddddd the new GriGri2 arrived this morning! YES BRO! Very hot bit of kit fo show!

Sam beasting those chicken heads on Poppers