Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Nesscliffe Test

After our brief visit to Pembrok i really wanted to try some other hard Trad routes to see if the E6 was just a fluke. Nesscliffe it is! Tuesday morning we hit the road and as is the tradition with this crag we set up a toprope - although usually i hate this style of climbing the dodgey nature of the sandstone here requires a practice approach to the harder routes before committing to a lead. Dont ask me why, but for some reason the first route i try at this crag is "My Piano" E8 6c - an awesome overhanging arete with not much gear and fewer holds - Haa! Freaked myself out by getting it cleanly on a top rope (Eh??) - Now i've been thinking about leading the thing!! I have a project - it'll take some further practice before i get on the sharp end of this one but it's deffinately dooable! Then for a cool down i top rope the neighbouring "Tombola" E7 6c - this one has loads of gear and a 'Orrible 6c technical crux right below the top!Awesome climbing - How i'm climbing them i don't know - anyway - back to reality - gotta squeeze in some sports climbing before France!!!

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