Dan Gibson riding The Cow (E5 6a), Gogarth.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
I’ve put it off for as long as possible, but now it’s official: the British summer has finally finished. I haven’t seen the sun for at least a week and Capel Curig has started treading water again. I’ve bought an inflatable dinghy in preparation of the winter floods. Snorkel and mask on, just popping down the river to Betws...
The paddlers are rejoicing, their calls to the Rain Gods answered at last. Climbers have become wild and irrational, constantly checking the weather forecast and fretting over the rain gauge. Still, we can’t complain: May to September is good for the UK!
In no particular order, here’s a few climbing highlights from my best ever summer.
Nick Bullock was granted safe passage through The Jub-Jub Bird’s talons, enthusing about the quality and slightly dispelling the myths. Suddenly, before I knew what hit me, I was undercutting those greasy flakes and clipping the rusty peg, gunning for the arete. Good effort on the flash, Ed.
I’ve no idea what grade Gimble in the Wabe is, but credit to Alex for climbing an obvious and brilliant line between Dreams and Magellans. He’s given it E7 6b. After flashing the top half of it on top-rope, I came back and led it a few weeks later. It felt like a necky E5 6a to lead but I guess that’s the difference between onsighting and headpointing.