Monday, 31 March 2014

Cold hands and well laid plans

This weekend for me marked the return of the craggin' season! Since everything in Scotland is mostly covered in snow a cheeky trip south of the boarder was required. The forecast was not initially that great which meant everything was nicely saturated.. But to keep it interesting we ditched the E grades and opted for the mountains!

Day 1 - A rainy day in Langdale; Pavey Ark via Cresent Climb and Gwynne's Chimney

The alpine-esque start of Crescent Climb on Pavey Ark, Langdale

The gopping first pitch of Gwynne's Chimney

Day 2 - The big one! A massive day out in a belter of a spot; Grey Crags, Buttermere.

 Big drops, numb fingers and a long walk-in defiantly made this a grand day out!  
Ascending the easy slabs of Chockstone Buttress

Emma willing the sunshine to move a bit closer!!

The 3rd Pitch of Slabs Ordinary (VD)

Oxford and Cambridge Buttress, of whom's stunning central arĂȘte (Oxford Cambridge Buttress Direct) is an absolute must do!

Surmounting the bulge on the second pitch of Oxford Cambridge Buttress Direct (HS)

The quadruplet of buttresses of Grey Crags, 8 pitches of climbing totaling
 over 200m of superb mountain rock climbing on 3 buttresses, and not a single wet hold!

Day 3 - Troutdale Pinnacle and Sargent Crag Slabs

On the 4th Pitch just below the pinnacle (yes that is blue sky!!!)

Now that's what you call a belay. 

Looking down from the top of the route to the pinnacle itself, quite possibly the coolest route in The Lake District!

After this excursion we headed over to Sargent Crag Slabs and had a play on Lakeland Cragsman (HVS 5a) which is awesome.. So good infact we forgot to crack out the camera!

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