6 November 2011

The Prince and the Pommel - Series one episode 3


The sun was in the sky so why oh why would I want to be any where etc. November spluttered into top form with a day of thermonuclear splender. Team Crome pitched the idea of Brimham last night and in my semi-drunken stupor I was all warm enthusiasm. In the cold light of day it still seemed like a great idea so by 2.30, 3 adults and assorted offspring from 1'ish to 6'ish were picnicking on bouldering mats with the Pommel sitting there daring me to have ago, I looked away. I had excuses to spare: I'm a bit hungover, hurt my back last time I was on it, just recovering from another back problem, need to look after the kids.

Eventually Andy got to the point "Are you having a go at the Pommel then?" I was, obviously.

First few thrashes got me nowhere. Andy had a go and he didn't get it either which was good for my Punter's ego. Nothing like an 8+ climber stuffing it up to make you feel better. Anyway Andy had another go as a crowd of bemused toddlers gathered. They looked on with bits of melon and chewy bars in their slightly grubby hands. Keen to see what on earth their dads were up too. Andy then demolished it with a different sequence to me. Looked hard his way.

Fourth go something clicked for me and it wasn't my back. As ever I got my feet right and I got the top and then the "jug" which I was sure would finish it. Alas reality intervened and I was out of power to haul myself on to what feels like a life-size, glass elephant. So back down to earth I went. That sequence is embedded now though, I felt the neurons burn in.

All good though, no injury this time and real progress. I'm stronger than earlier in the year and there will be cooler days this year in the 54 that remain.  This one is in the crosshairs now.

We finished with a mass sunset watch and Ginger cake and the kids found a few boulders to bimble on. As we drove home the world seemed a nice place to be. I haven't had such a nice time failing a problem for as long as I can remember.
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