Chaplog tries hard In which an ageing climber comes to terms with life closer to the ground.

18/10/2009

A Quest for the holy……..

Filed under: General — Mike Chapman @ 8:21 pm

Click to enlarge photos. The guide book describes the two routes in the following way. The Y (the cleft to the left is often green) and Z (the slightly less-green crack is overhung at it its base).

I suspect most people avoid these routes as they tend to look horrible and there are classics close by. I am pleased to stay that Rick had no such qualms and sent me up the Y crack and led the Z crack himself. I am annoyed to find that my guide book suggests that the Y crack is graded at HS 4b. It felt a lot harder to me than that and a lot better than it looks.

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11/10/2009

Dovestone Tor

Filed under: General — Mike Chapman @ 8:10 pm

The guidebook suggested it was a 50 minuite approach. Reality showed us that it took us the best part of an hour and a half. The guidebook also suggested that as it is west facing it receives all the weather that is going and to visit on a sunny summer afternoon. I suppose I should not therefore be surprised that it was damp when we got there. It was a nice walk!

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Lots, Haley, Pete and Lynne on the way to Dovestones Edge

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6/10/2009

A force ten gale in Northumberland

Filed under: General — Mike Chapman @ 8:27 pm

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The Beach close to Bamburgh Castle the wind was gusting at 60 mph

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1/10/2009

A climbing weekend

Filed under: General — Mike Chapman @ 8:12 pm

Mike-Gardoms

Gardoms Unconquerable photo Haley
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