At the end of half term we had a visit from Brad, Kristen and a friend of theirs called Eoin. With a good forecast for Saturday we decided to head to Wallowbarrow in the Duddon Valley Which has a good selection of easy and mid-grade routes. Penny came with us and we took a bouldering mat and blanket to make sure she would be happy watching, reading and taking a few photos at the bottom of the crag. Continue reading
Yesterday (Saturday) Penny, Mark, Bob and I headed to Wallowbarrow for some early season climbing. It was the first multipitch of the year and a chance to enjoy the dry and reasonably warm weather (I did not put a jacket on all day).Penny and I started on Trinity Slabs, a VDiff on the East Buttress. I linked the first two pitches and and last two to make it a two pitch climb. I thought it had one move that was quite tricky for Vdiff. Penny climbed well despite the handicap of her bump! but after this route she read the paper whilst I joined Bob and Mark to climb the Logan Stone Route. Continue reading
Firstly let me thank Estelle for her guest blog. The response was very positive and it has put pressure on me to let my inner monologue feature more prominently. I have one slight problem, my inner monologue is nowhere near as entertaining as Estelle’s, in fact I’m struggling to connect with it at all.
So a quick write-up of yesterday evening’s exertions. Another prompt departure from school and the decision that I was not too ill saw us packing both climbing and canyoning gear just in case the rock was too wet. We picked up Mark and Bob en-route and reached Wallowbarrow by 6. This time we parked at the farm which reduces the walk in considerably. The first of our two routes for the evening was The Plumb (VS 4c) which had an excellent final section pulling through a chimney crack that had loomed above the whole route. Our second route was Kestrel (HVS 5a). This had a bold start (crux) but then the rest of the fist pitch was absorbing climbing. At 36 metres it was a long pitch, Penny enjoyed it too, with the exception of trying to remove a microcam I stuck in early on whilst worried about having nothing to stop me hitting the ground. We both felt that Kestrel deserved at least one star.
Next time we must get round to Digitation and Agitation, the first pitches of these two routes look excellent.
After climbing the weather closed in quickly and after the mandatory been at the Newfield Arms we drove through the fog over Birker Fell and back to St Bees.
It had been over four months since we last climbed on Rock and we both were keen to get back onto real rock.
Wallowbarrow is a 60m high venue in the Duddon Valley. It can be reached in about half an hour from Seathwaite via a very picturesque walk alongside the river or 15 minutes from the farm below the crag. The climbs cover the easy and mid grades very well with plenty of well protected climbs in the v. diff to hvs range.
We started on Thomas, a three pitch severe. I ran the first two pitches together but it took a while to warm up both physically and mentally. In particular, I felt that it was taking me longer then normal to place gear. Penny followed quickly and at the top we headed off westwards on an easy decent (worth taking approach shoes).
Our second climb was Malediction Direct, a two pitch VS 4c. The first pitch was a straightforward scramble to below the headwall. The second pitch was excellent VS climbing, a steep bulge to be overcome first followed by a delicate groove. It was covered in plenty of confidence inspiring gear.
So it was good to get out on rock again, only a few more weeks until after school climbing will be a possibility. If we go high there are still ice climbing opportunities too!
Posted from my phone, appologies for typos and spelling mistakes.