Wed 19th Jul, 2023
Attendees: Jess Bailey, Sean Clancy, Ryan Gregory, Mich Harrison, Jess Pealing, Joe Mcardle, Fergal McCullough, Andy Stratford, Lewis Stonehouse. Special guest appearance: Dan O’Brian
A long a great sunny evening, blessed with a break in the rainy season, which we, for tradition, still call ‘Summer’.
Andy and me were first at arrive and started off with a lead for me on Bamford Wall (S 4a), followed by Andy, who then led Ryan, on his first ever UK single pitch, and then me on the Happy Wanderer (S4a). Ryan seemed to find the wander happy and was keen for more! He certainly had a value for money first gritstone experience by the end of the evening, ticking 6 quality routes.
Heading over to Wrinkled wall, we were joined by Lewis and Fergal. Lewis did a great job of following me very carefully on the delicate low traverse across Wrinkled Wall (VS 4c), while Ryan had a go at belaying Andy up Sinuous Crack (Vdiff) which both he and Fregal seconded. Having expired easy local options, we headed to Salmon slab. As we made our way over, Dan magically appeared, looking to give soloing a miss for the evening and tie onto a rope.
Dan made a beeline to Bilberry Crack, taking Andy and Rayan up afterwards. The rest of the party arrived in fine spirits for a good evening session. Lewis thought he’d give Hasta La Vista (HVD 3c) a go – despite the ‘not much gear’ description. Finding the description a little too accurate, he bailed part way. Fergal was keen to see what all the fun was about, but also decided to bail at about the same place as Lewis. It took Jess B to show everyone how it was done! Jess P followed her up, making team ‘double Jesspardy’ a winner! (Andy’s winning team name contribution). Feeling brave, I had a go at Quien Sabe? (VS 4c) taking the low crux of Brown’s Crack, then a second high crux, I regretted my decision as I realised I’d have to try hard. With Dan calling over useful baffle beating beta and Andy’s shouts of ‘reach and pull’ echoing in my ears, I eventually managed, with a few grunts, the pull over the bulge and top out. Having arrived quite late, Sean was keen to give it a go and in Dan A’s absence, Jess B felt she needed a challenge, so, after finishing bringing Jess P up Shallow Groove, (with her grunts of effort echoing up the groove) Jess also got a rope on it and made light work of it. Apparently not quite hard enough when you're usually following up after Dan A.
After having fun on Hasta La Vista, Fergal and Joe found more protectable climbing on Shallow Groove (S 4a) and Recess Crack (Vdiff)
Dan, Andy and Ryan had been having fun on Sandy Crack (HS 4b) and Curving Crack (VS 4c). Dan wanted to finish on Bamford Rib (HVS 5a) so off they went, while Sean shunted gear up Brown’s Crack, having left his useful larger cams on the ground. I seconded up and as dusk fell, we called it a fine evening and went to the pub.
Thanks all for a great evening!
I'll be there from 4 or earlier if anyone is keen!
Will probaly start off at Neb buttress and take it from there.