Saturday, 4 September 2010

Gimmer Crag

Gimmer crag dominating the Langdale Valley

The weather was still holding so Chris and I headed up to Gimmer Crag to tick a couple of classics and ensure his MIA preparation was still on track. We started on Gimmer String (E1 5b) which gave a good tussle. A quick abseil and we started on Kipling Groove (HVS, 5a). However after one pitch we found a team having an epic on the crux so we retreated to F Route (VS, 4c)
As usual Gimmer was allowing folk to display their competencies and incompetencies in a grand setting. Amongst the confusion there were teams 'death roping', climbing through each others ropes, getting their ab ropes stuck, letting go while belaying and abseiling without backup! This crag seems to attract these climbers and I'm always surprised that there aren't more incidents with all the dangerous practices we've witnessed up there.