Friday, 11 June 2010

Eliminate A

Patricia on pitch 2 of Eliminate A with Paddy & Siobhan on the 1st stance below.

Dow Crag was our choice of venue today and the stunning line of Eliminate A (VS 4c). This impressive line winds it's way up the steep front face of A Buttress with plenty of exposure. Paddy & Siobhan went for the same option making a very sociable day. There were a couple of wet holds but the brisk wind had dried the rest of the crag and the early morning cloud lifted as we arrived at the gearing up point. Patricia took a small swing into space on the first crux traverse but was soon back on the line and enjoying the warm dry rock. There were a couple of other teams about and the crag was looking in good condition.
The Peregrines nesting in Great Gully were very busy, and vocal, bringing a selection of small animals to their brood. We had one stunning flypast, only a few feet out from the rock. Back at the base of the crag we were serenaded by a Ring Ouzel,the first I've seen in the Lakes for a long time.
Today I was working for Adventure Peaks

Patricia on the second belay as Paddy approaches from below

Paddy Cave enjoying the 2nd pitch of Eliminate A

Patricia topping out on Eliminate A

Paddy & Siobhan at the top of the exposed Eliminate A

Patricia, Paddy and Siobhan, all pretty stoked.