21 August 2015

Meanwhile, over at Almscliff...

Our merry band of climbers often discusses and arranges our trips on Facebook, and lately it seems to be that we find ourselves talking about a week's worth of climbs at a time. So, The Depot last night and tomorrow, and a group at Shipley Glen tonight. Sounds like matters went well at the Glen, perhaps Mr Prince will have something to say about that sometime.

Meanwhile, over at the 'cliff... I arrived early, ahead of projected arrivals of Ellen, Dave B and more. I like to get started near the Teaspoon area, right next to the wall, as the problems there are good, high workouts which are still bread and butter technically. A nearby belayer noted that I had a good landing, to which I observed that I'd not needed it yet. Me and my big mouth... I couldn't get started at the left edge, and popped off several times. Strike one for loss of mojo, possibly due to that Depot session wearing me out and softening me up. But eventually I found the move I needed and topped out. To prove it to myself, I descended into a circuit and back up again. Mojo regained.

And then lost again! I took to the highball body-scoop next-door, the erstwhile 'Project'. I made it up and over, but my last move and top-out were sketchier than I would have liked, a rare seal style top-out actually. Again, the reaction was to kick back - I couldn't circuit this one (could I? Will check next time...) but I took it on again and cleaned up that top, finishing calmly and smoothly. Mojo fully under control.

But I was warm, so I mooched back towards the front of the crag, hoping for more of a breeze. As I approached the path, Xander and Tom arrived, with Ellen and Emma, Dave, and then Ed and James in quickfire pursuit. As it was Xander and Tom's first visit to the 'cliff, I was trying to figure out something for them to warm up on, and I went for the early nose that is a favourite of mine. All climbed no bother, several of the others then proceeded to climb through the nearby hole in the rock. This not being a valid part of my repertoire, I once more climbed the nose with my eyes closed (with hat covering them to be sure). Next, we played on the small polished ledges that traverse into the same top-out, and the overhang opposite, which I found to be easy tonight - pleasing, as it had eluded me last time, despite having been done before. Sit-start next...

Dave scampered off to do Flying Arete without a mat - hopefully more on Dave and mats to come - while the rest of us had some Postman play, low and high. When Dave joined in and topped out the top of the Postman we pondered getting on Morrell's Wall, but ended up distracted by the sit-start overhang near the fork in the path that leads down to Morrell's. Previously fearful of not being able to get off the ground - and still finding that an issue 4 times out of 5 - I made steady progress, getting as far as my right hand reaching the high arete. Next move could be delicate, but I'm glad to have discovered a new project that hadn't grabbed me previously.

Hot chocolate was made, the bats came out, and the sky lowered into airy gloom. Barely half-past nine! Still, a good three hours for me, and though we hadn't moved very far along the crag, it had been a packed session, the friction had been good, and I felt like the work I've been doing at The Depot - which is to say, playing more - was starting to pay off. Onwards and upwards...



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