13 November 2011

High tide at Shipley Glen

With humidity levels at 100% and a steady drizzle falling the plan to meet Stu at the glen looked laughably stupid. We both arrived, declared it crap and decided to ignore the conditions and climb anyway.
First up was the first underwater ascent of John. If you did it enough times you could eliminate the holds in the crack and pretty much climb it properly.
Next was a silly overhanging traverse,ringing wet but strangely compelling. We broke it in to sections and eventually it was linked. 5c in the wet maybe and a steady four in the dry no doubt.
Oddly I Laughed more than normal. At our desire to keep going despite the weather and at the fun that can be had if you want it enough.
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