31 August 2011

An Earl-y start




With a return to work imminent and grandparental childcare secured. It seemed important to seize the day and get back on the rock. We where walking in by 9.30.
Earl crag sits above Keighley and I realised it's what Rachael calls salt and pepper when I got there.

Andy Glaister joined me for the walk in. Back from the abyss after his intensive and lengthy recovery from a cycle accident gathered pace. He has a healing arm so I had half a spotter for company.
Two weeks in Germany training on sausage and beer seemed to have taken it's toll. The plums of the John Dunne slap and Trick Arête that I had hoped to pluck where a little out of reach. I got the pocketed wall to the right of Trick Arete as a consolation and a few bits of pieces on sharp, positive and barely used rock. Under foot was damp and there was a brooding feel to the crag that left me backing off a few problems.
I think I was conscious of not wanting to start a new term by re-straining my ankle as well.

No doubt I will be back on a hot day next summer to wrestle with the fantastic looking Earl Crack which looks like three stars of anyone's money. Oh and Erasor Slab did I mention that?
So not a bad first look and maybe its top billing is looking justified. Although some of the problems are routes, some landings are pretty suspect and bring a brush. I didn't and should have.

Location:Wainman's Close,,United Kingdom

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