Sunday, 22 April 2012

April has been more that little April showers here in Yorkshire, though I have been getting out and putting some holes in my tips. First couple came from a flying visit to Hunters Stone on a Friday evening to try By Hook or By Crook, a short but tricky arete.

A week off and it was another evening trip to Slipstones, took about 20 minutes to get a flapper on the other hand on the short dyno opposite Micro Corner. Oh well more skin rest and more balm use.

A few days later saw an evening at Caley and ticked a tricky unnamed 6c, not the best problem at Caley but it does spit a lot of people off and the finger pocket does do some damage. The it was down for some Not My Stile Action. Both Sam and I were making good but different progress when I left a finger tip on a hold as I fell off, ouch. It was scar tissue from the trip to Hunters.

Yesterday I decided to take a proper look at the new problems at Evestone, climbed by Dave Sutcliffe , Adi Gill and their team. There are some great problems and a stupendous Demon Wall like roof. I was aware of this because a friend, Graham, had found it some time ago. Though he never went back to climb the new lines.

It was all a little damp and rain threatened so I decided to try the roof (7a) problem, hard. Then I thought lets get the Pumpy traverse round on the front, big start to a traverse along a slopy rail. The Traverse at 6C+ is hard I think it's really at least 7a. After a few goes I was doing ok, though my wrist was hurting, then the pitter patter of April showers.

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