Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Gimmer Crack

Patricia on the Hard Rock tick - The Crack on Gimmer Crag

Aiming to tick another couple of big routes Patricia and I headed up to Gimmer Crag in Langdale today. Surprisingly we had the crag to ourselves despite a dry and warm day. First on the agenda was The Crack (VS, 4c), which features in Ken Wilson's Hard Rock. There was some seepage in the corner but plenty of dry holds where it mattered and the route was quickly dispatched.
Our second route was going to be Kipling Groove (HVS, 5a) but this was impersonating a waterfall with several wet streaks from below the overhang and out of the groove which gives access to the headwall. We opted for another couple of classics with ascents of D Route (S+) and F Route (VS+). As a fitting finale a Peregrine Falcon was soaring on the crags updraft as we had a late lunch.
Today I was working for Adventure Peaks

Approaching the Bower on the 2nd pitch of the Crack VS, 4c

Gimmer Crag in profile dominated by the corner of The Crack VS, 4c

Gimmer Crag in the evening sun