Summer Update

Well I’ve been pretty busy last couple of weeks with work, but have been managing some sessions out in the evenings. That’s the great thing about the summer months, our amazing long evenings!! So with two big trips lined up for this summer, I’ve been needing to get my head in the game for some big routes! With that in mind I’ve been hitting up some classic crags in the Peak District to get some mileage in.

Routes like Billy Whizz (E2 5c) and High plains drifter (E4 6a) at Lawencefield.

Dies Irae (E2 5c), Circe (E5 6b)Kink (E5 6B)Oliver (E4 6a) and Millionaire Touch (E4 6b) all at Stoney Middleton.

And then for the first time ever this weekend, I visited the incredible chunk of clean white limestone that is High Tor. For some strange reason I had never climbed there but had heard so much about the cliff so it was time to check it out. I was not disappointed! What an amazing cliff. Managed to climb two stunning lines up the middle of the left hand side. 30 metres of immaculate limestone with a real feel of isolation on a big wall and a great feeling of topping out in the sun! Flaky Wall (E4 6a) and Supersonic (E5 6a) were truely awesome.

Then finally I managed to clip the chains on an old nemesis route of mine called Caviar (8a+) down at Rubicon which I tried on and off for a few years now. A fairly short and bouldery offering but what it lack in height it makes up for in hard moves!

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