Friday, 18 June 2010

Overhanging Bastion

Hazel & Steve on Gangway Climb - a mini Overhanging Bastion!

This week I've been working with Hazel and Steve developing their confidence and techniques to enable them to push their grades. While Steve was building back up to a previous level it was all new fro Hazel so what better way to finish the week on the uber classic Overhanging Bastion (VS 5a) back on Castle Rock. This climb follows a natural ramp line through some very steep and exposed terrain up the highest part of the crag. After warming up on Gangway Climb (VD) and Via Media (S) we headed over to the imposing North crag. Steve made his best lead of the week linking the first 2 pitches with very little input from me. Due to the overhanging and traversing nature of the 3rd pitch some rope trickery was in order to get myself in place on a fixed line to offer support and help if required. However Hazel made a very controlled climb of her hardest lead to date making short work of the bold step off the pinnacle. This week I was working for Adventure Peaks.

Good stance management on Via Media (S)

Steve on the sharp end on Via Media (S)

Hazel on the gangway of Overhanging Bastion (VS 5a)

Enjoying the challenge

Steve following the gangway of Overhanging Bastion

Stepping into space where the gangway narrows