10 July 2013

Bimble Wizard

Last weekend saw a veritable marathon of bouldering up in the County as Communal Climbing hit Tillmouth Cottages and 4 crags in 3 days. We were all left with a head full of good times and a body full of aches, but Wednesday evening was soon approaching and it seemed rude not to head up to Almscliff. Determined to take it easy, Stuart and myself kept things simple by working some nice low grade problems. Starting off on the chipped slab under Wall of Horrors, we worked on some pleasant variations on the short back wall. I couldn't help looking over to the wall by the stile to where we had The Project- the direct line working up from the start of Cup and Saucer. This is a nice highball problem we had been playing around with on and off over the last few years but it had been a while since we had got on it. We headed over for a play and seemed to be a lot stronger on it, pulling on the juggy arete of the cup whilst trying not to slip off the polished base. Putting the direct on one side for a moment we eyed up the left arete which proved to have good breaks all the way up and a positive, if lofty, top. Going back to the direct we established that the secret appeared to be a finger pocket for the right hand and a long stretch for the left. However, neither of us were feeling it so we worked up a zig zag route to the top instead before deciding to head on our way. Given that most of our last sessions at Almscliff have been working hard on pushing grades, it was nice to take a bit of time out to take things back a bit and have a bimble.
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