Jul 06 2009

It’s definately a climbing year.

Category: home,Mountaineeringash @ 1:34 pm

Lots of Scouting last week.  Worked from 5 through til midnight a couple of times, mostly on Dolomites but also on planning for Ormskirk Crew’s 15th birthday bash that Pam, Sue and I are trying to get off the ground.  Looks like in order to book any accomodation in the NW of England you need to be looking around a year in advance.  That’s a level of planning that’s beyond us (by the looks of it), though we’ve finally got some options.

Up to Rochester this weekend gone, with Sam, Red, Noah and Gally.  The weekend was an intended one, to make sure that Gally wasn’t on his own as it was the (previously planned) weekend of his and Ellies wedding.  We knew that El was busy with others, so we took it upon ourselves to look after Craig.  Beers were had on Friday night, as planned climbing was washed out by thunderstorms.

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Saturday the weather was a lot better.  Over to Peel Crag by Hexham to do some cragging.  got 4 routes in, led a VS 5a which was quite straightforward.  Was ace to spend some time with just the 3 of us, laughing and talking bollocks (as ever).

 

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Later that evening, over to El & Dav’s, for BBQ of immense proportions and prodding of kids.  Managed to demolish crates of beer, eat loads and do a good stint of planning for Creeds wedding, music-wise.  Got some plans now anyway, which is cool.  El very much on form, a good catch up.  Back to Evistones to watch Bad News, and fall asleep in beer.

Noah had a rough night that night, full on “I’m gonna scream the windows out”.  Patience of saints, them parents.

Sunday we got up late – unintentionally.  Stumbled down to find Ron and Jan having breakfast and playing with the Grandson.  Grabbed a brew, then me and Gally decided we’d off and climb as the weather was ace.  Headed over to Great Wanney, where Gally led the VD*** Chimney (and I realised he didn’t know how to tackle chimneys!), I did the excellent Idiots route (HS**), then as the fates seemed to be with me I tackled the Great Wall HVS*** just to the right of it.  The description helped, and it was in 4 distinct sections.  I had to rest on the rope a couple of times which I’m not proud of, but I got up it without falling.  At 5b, it’s the hardest climb that I’ve led (ever – I think).  Awesome, superb route, and Craig got up it which was evan better.  On the way up he was proclaiming “You’ve got balls of steel!”, and when he topped out that rose to:

You’ve got at least five balls of steel!

(Least I know what that clanking has been).

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Back to Evistones for a Red-Roast, which rocked, then M6 home in about 3 hours, then sleep ….. with a tick-count of 2 for the weekend.  6 for this year so far.

Well – that’s not entirely true.  Back home to empty pockets and then find Gally’s car keys in my pocket.  With a bit of a “oh bugger” thought, I rang Sam.  “I’ve got some news that’s quite bad, but at the same time really funny” went the conversation.  Thank the Gods that Scotland term finished last week!  A visit to the Post Office got them to him by 8am Tuesday morning!

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