Another date for your diary. Been meaning to get to the Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield for last few years, but its always clashed with other stuff. However, this year looks like a goer. Loads for the kids, and the Bouldering World Cup as well. Last year they introduced a camp over nearby as well, with access to local crags.
Added a few more things to my list: Widened out my tick list to include Caley and Brimham. Not sure if I've added Rabbit's Paw Wall as a route or a highball... Added a circular walk from Thruscross that takes in 3 crags, as well as a pub of some repute.
First chance to get on grit probably going to be next week's full moon. Now, the actual date is weds 19th jan, but Stu is going to the opera so I reckon we'll be going up Thursday evening. Forecast is looking cold but clear, so fingers crossed. Plan is to climb anything we can see well enough, so don't expect any new ticks
The blog should look better on a mobile now but you will see only posts by default. There is a view web version button at the bottom if you want to see your ticklists. I can reccomend blogpress as an app if you wish to post on the go. So that's it the techy bit is done, we just need to get up some routes now.
Another good session at Harrogate Climbing Centre last night bodes well for the year, but it's the rocks that have popped back into my head (quiet down anyone who thinks I always or only have rocks in my head) that concern me right now.
My mind wandered over to Brimham, and to a couple of problems in the Pommel Area, both of which I've tried before, one of which I was surprised to get close to ticking, the other which I feel I really should have ticked by now. The small roof wall was interesting and ambitious to try, and I think it won't take many Brimham trips before that one is nailed. The easy boulder has seen a few successful climbs, including a traverse, but several of the problems on its face remain untroubled by me, which obviously needs fixing. Very much on the list when the weather improves and the light returns. And then, I don't know if I'm getting ahead of myself here, but the germ of an idea can be hard to resist. Fontainebleau is addressed in hushed tones as a mecca for bouldering, and I think I'd like to be a part of that someday. Consider the conversation on the subject opened...
Nothing worthy of a tick - indoor climbing, with its more changeable nature, is still the focus - but three climbs in five days was still a good start to the year. Worth getting the quantity just after the holiday, but the quality was occasionally off. Monday's visit to The Depot featured a mini-tick in the form of an eliminate on a purple problem on the overhanging comp wall - previously having won ten points on the same climb in the Leeds bouldering ladder* - but form elsewhere was average, with no new problems of note being conquered, and a few that had been done before managing to get their own back on me. Wednesday and Friday's trips were to Harrogate Climbing Centre, and saw the breaking in of my new harness - the Black Diamond Bod, as recommended by Dave - and a lead climb on a relatively easy route. Again, form on harder climbs wasn't great, but it was satisfying to expand my equipment collection - belay device and karabiner next - and progressive to take on a lead at last. These things will hopefully allow me to expand my tick last, as more options become open to me.
*And perhaps Bryn will have something to say about this particular climb...?