2014-02-20 Horseshoe Quarry, Upper Tier Right   Leave a comment

No great shocker to hear in the news that England now has, officially, the wettest winter since records began, beating the previous wettest winter’s (1995) rainfall millimetreage with still some 9 days left in February.  It’s been utter gash.  The whole winter season has been a washout from the start, so it was a surprise to salvage a half decent day clipping bolts in our premier Peak sport venue, Horseshite Quarry.

Though it was still cold, we managed to tick a few routes in mostly sunshine, though with cloud and breeze, and a few spots of rain.  We’ve never climbed the Upper Tier before, so that’s where we’re at warming up on New Bolts And Yankees and Slabby But Nice, both 6a.  They’re only 14-16 mtrs but long enough to numb fingers.  Sir Pryse, 6a+ had an interesting roof to get over, though Mr. Chinner out-styles me with an undercling and energy-saving long reach in place of my knee scrape and 90º elbows at a quarter-to-three.

Slabby, But Nice, 6a   Sir Pryse, 6a+

I have a sniff round the two 7a in this sector, Mr. Blue Sky – thin start, lots of compression, and Mumble Jumble which is technical.  Not wasting too much time working them though – it’s not warm enough, we finish with a nails little 6a+, Fargo.

6a   6a   6a+   7a   7a   6a+


Posted 2014/02/22 by allend66 in Peak District, Rockclimbing

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