Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Summer is here...

Right, its been a while since our last blog post. We've both been quite busy with work, training and other stuff that life throws at us. But have managed some quality days out on the crags.
First up was a visit down to Long tor Quarry near Matlock to check out the classic Ruby Fruit Jungle 8a. After a quick play on it and decent brush(it was filthy!). I surprised myself by nailing it second go in quite damp conditions! Its a neat litl route and defo worth checking out by any keen youth. Was psyched with the quick send and great to get the 8's rolling again.

Next up was a trip to Black Rocks on a roasting hot day last week! There I witnessed quite an amazing ascent of the stunning Gaia, by the Italian boulderer turn trad monster Michele Caminati. Basically it was too hot to climb and all we wanted to do was sun bathe!! Well he had other plans and pretty much walked up it. Quite incredible really due to it being in full sun. Full respect to the man. :)I was properly psyched for him. Anyways yeh we got some nice photo's and I managed to put my boots on to scetched my way up Camel Hot, a little known E6 6b round the corner. I got it 3rd go after a quick scrub on ab rope. A funky route, with more grit wierdness! Check out the great photo's Paul Bennett took on the day below all this waffle and for more see his Flickr page: travelswithmyt4's Photostream

Last news on the routes front was doing Masters of the Universe at Burbage South. At around E6 6b (if you dont mind the massive drop below you!) its one awesomely exposed line up a big arete where you start by abbing in to the lip of the roof, then clipping a couple of old bolts (backed up by ab rope)you let it rip from there on up! An amazing position to be in.
Right, thats it on my front. Will get Ed to update in abit.
See yal

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