Saturday, 12 June 2010

Engineers' Slab

Siobhan enjoying the delicate traverse at the start of pitch 2

For the final day of weeks Lakes Classic rock we headed up to Gable Crag aiming for the intimidating Engineers Slab (VS 4c). Once again Siobhan was climbing with Paddy and Patricia was seconding me. Despite getting stuck behind a fairly slow team we made a good ascent breaking the route down into four small pitches. The traditional finish was looking very dirty so we climbed the far more satisfying and exposed slab and arete to the left.
The Ennerdale fell race runners provided a great backdrop as they traversed below us. Well done to the dozen or so runners who had to take avoiding action due to a very large boulder that careared down the screes below Green Gable. We topped out on Great Gable to great views over the Lakeland fells before descending to Honister over Green Gable.
Today I was working for Adventure Peaks

Gable Crag in the morning sunshine. Engineers Slab takes the obvious central line on the square buttress

Patricia 'in' the awkward sentry box belay

Siobhan wedged in the intermediate stance on pitch 2

Patricia enjoying the fine arete finish.

A well deserved cup of coffee at the end of a great week.