28 September 2011

I'll take it.

Fate dealt a joker off the bottom of the pack tonight. I had settled for winter and abandoned evening climbing for this year, then summer returned. Faced with a blood red sun, deep blue skies and temperatures from another country, the Cliff was the only option.

As I walked in it was like a festival, every boulder had a party of people on top who had come to climb but were starring transfixed at the  huge, melting sun as it headed for the horizon and turned everything a spectacular orange.  One couple had champagne, cut glass and fine tailoring it was bizarre. I was looking for the sound system.

I bouldered on every west facing piece of rock I could find.  The whole sunniness of it all, meant I couldn't  concentrate, actually I didn't really want to.  Stu and Karrie arrived and the we bumbled around for a bit longer. It wasn't about the climbing, it was about the whole crag, sky, sun thing. So as it turned dusky we headed up to the top of the cliff to take in some more.  The orangness  ratcheted up another notch.  First planets, then satellites and finally a good proportion of the galaxy came into view. We lay around nattering for half an hour or so. Just drinking in the views and marvelling at the fact that that this years warmest evening came in September. Then  down we went, into  the dark and off.  Winter I'm sure will be long, dark, cold and unrewarding. However if thats  the last night out this year, I'll take it and head into the abyss grinning like a loon.

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16 September 2011

Dear Jon

Jon the man behind Yorkshiregrit.com has posted on uk bouldering that he needs donations to pay the sever bill and keep the site running. As yorkshiregrit.com  is probably more use to me as a resource than a paper guide I have put a few quid in the pot.

You can contribute here

There is also some discussion about moving to an ad-based model and hopefully covering the bill that way. Or maybe embedding video rather than hosting and cutting down on bandwidth and price. I have offered my limited web talents to this end. If anyone else has a PHP background, perhaps you might feel like doing the same? An online guide with dynamic grading built by climbers for climbers seems worth saving.
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14 September 2011

Raging against the dying of the light

A perfect autumn evening and the Cliff was a lovely place to be. I gulped down my tea and touched down at about 5.50,  full of enthusiasm and hope. The friction was wonderful, some of my "possible with real application" problems seemed easy.  Everything was sticking like glue. After warming up on a few bits and pieces, I bothered That Wall left of Matterhorn Arete once more. Tonight was the night though with a new sequence for my feet, I finally got the finishing hold and 18 months of on off attempts paid off. I still thought it was hard for 6a though,  really thin crimps. Bryn Stu and Cosmo arrived and we spent an amiable hour or so pulling on a few bits and bobs, until a huge and full moon came up through the encroaching cloud. We then walked off into the night. Vintage Stuff.
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