Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Gillercombe Buttress

Steve & Hazel on pitch 3 of Gillercombe Buttress

Today Hazel, Steve and I headed up to Gillecombe Buttress for the classic rock tick of the same name. This severe is very worthwhile with some exciting moves inter spaced by easy scrambling. However when we'd traversed in from Honister Pass we found a team of four enjoying the first pitch. On noting that a couple of them were on their first climb in 20 years (Whillians harness, EB's etc) we opted to climb a lovely route just to the right.

Hard at work in the 'office'

Gillercombe Bastion offers 2 pitches on good rock up a slanting ramp line at MVS. For both Hazel and Steve this was as hard as they'd climbed this year but they both made excellent leads of their pitches with some definite improvements from yesterday. We abseiled back to the bags and made a late start on Gillecombe Buttress. They each led a couple of pitches before I ran the rope out to the top so they could relax and enjoy the climbing on the last two pitches.
Today I was working for Adventure Peaks

Evening light in Gillercombe