2003 Climbing Diary

This table is little more than an electronic version of a notebook that I keep each year about the climbs that I do. Note that I have only ever recorded those routes in the extreme grades. It may be elitist but in its own peculiar way it forces me to attempt routes that are close to my limit in order to keep the average grade up.

There are links to any trip reports or photos in the notes column.

Note that bolted routes are included in this list and are given French Gradings indicated by F before the grade.

DateRoutesNotes
8 FebruaryMalham Cove
Begozi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ LedEverything feels cold and damp.
Consenting Adults F7a TRDid a couple of times. Cannot believe how polished it has become.
Rose Coronary F7a TROnly got halfway.
Frankenstein F7a+ TRCannot even hang on the holds let alone move from them. Sigh.
22 FebruaryMalham Cove
Skip to my Loo F6c LedA bit much for a warm up!
Sychophants F7a TR
Frankenstein F7a+ TRMuch better than on previous attempts, can top-rope in one push now.
Begozi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ LedAt last something I can do!
16 MarchHorseshoe Quarry
Left Spanner at Home F6a Led
Write Back Home F6a Led
Tirf Err Off F6a+ Led
School's Out F6b Led About the only decent route we did.
Rotund Rooley F6c TR
16 MarchBurbage North
Long Tall Sally E1 Second A mere fifteen years since I last did it!
21 MarchReecastle Crag, BorrowdaleSee trip report
Finger Flake Finish E2 Led Went a bit bold on this one!
Thumbscrew E3 second Should have led this as it wasn't too hard.
Rack Direct E2 Led Felt a bit uphill as I haven't got a lot of stamina at the moment.
Bold Warrior E1 Second Not the quality of the other routes.
22 MarchGiggleswick South, Upper Crag
Prime Cut E1 Led Felt tired from previous day. photo
The Arches E1 Second Bit of a one move wonder. Failed to lead after Steve had failed to lead it.
Glory Seekers E1 Second Another one move wonder.
28 MarchChee Dale
Sprint Start E1 Led Polished layback crack. Took first leader fall of year!
Fame but no Fortune E1 Led Just one tricky move past two brilliant threads for protection.
Lethal Dose E3 Second A looong reach past a blank scoop.
Arachnothera F6b Second Failed to lead as I was knackered :-(.
29 MarchCrummackdale
Feel the Pinch E1 Led Boulder problem start, more like 5c, roof-problem finish
Arc of a Diver E1 Second Bold traversing on layaways.
Felicidades E1 Led A route on the central slab that I hadn't done before
31 MarchTrowbarrow
Izzy the Push E2 TR Now a polished horror! photo
Heavy Metal Kid E3 TR Not quite as polished. photo
Essence of Giraffe E3 TR Even more polished than Izzy the Push!
5 AprilBell Stand, EskdaleNever too happy on granite
Anniversary Waltz E2 2nd The easiest E2 in the Lakes!
The Puzzle Book E2 2nd
Sideslip E2 2nd
6 AprilGouther Crag, SwindaleAnother crag that I haven't been to for 15 years
Bloodhound E2 Led I'd forgotten how bold this is.
Keep out of the Kennel E1 2nd Blinkers necessary!
Castration Crack E3 2nd Brilliant gear with one hard move.
12 AprilPavey ArkOne of the great Lakeland crags
Capella E1 Led Pleasant steep slab climbing at the lower end of the scale.
Arcturus E1 Led The wonders of grade creep! :-)
Aardvark E1 2nd One hard move low down then a wonderful bubbly arete.
18 AprilGiggleswick South lowerJust a short day out on moderate bolted limestone.
Pitch 'n' Putt F6a+ Led
Fiddlefingers F6b+ Led Good sustained climbing.
Gave Battle In Vain F6b+ Led Easy low down then a difficult crux, unbalanced.
5 MayMalhamBack on the bolts!
Begosi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ Led Usual Warm up
Brooklyn Girls F7a+ TR Fingery for a couple of moves.
The F6c Led Difficult crux move at the start then easy, unbalanced.
Hyperspace F6b+ TR Difficult crux sequence right at the start then easier, unbalanced.
Sardinia
17 MayCala Fuili
Groovy F6a Led Hard start then groove/crack
Un-named F6a+ Led Hard start then groove past bulges
Ferry 2 F6a+ TR Totally unbalanced: very hard start then much, much easier climbing. Failed to lead in the heat.
Kho Phi Phi F6a+ Led Good sustained slab climbing
18 MayCala Luna
La Strada per Luia F6b Led Excellent slab
L'Altro Sport F6b 2nd Steep slab on sharp holds
21 MayLa Poltrona
L'Eremita F6a Led Easy for the grade
Banzai F6a+ Led Sustained steep slab
21 MayLa Poltrona
Enzo F6b Alt Technical start for P3 then sustained
22 MaySector Ninna Nanna
Festeggiando i Tre Mesi F6a+ Alt Technical start for P1 then Pleasant wall
Papassina F6b Alt Sustained section in middle of pitch 2
Ninna Nanna per Martina F6a Alt Technical start and an awkward bit on P2
24 MayBudinetto
E le Capre Stanno a Guardare F6a led Tricky start then easy. New rock boots
Sector Ninna Nanna
Albero Azzurro F6a 2nd Pleasant wall
Pepe F6b 2nd Sustained section in middle of pitch
Dodo F6a+ Led About the same grade as Pepe
25 MayCala Fuili
Pippon D'Oro F6b+ led Tricky start over bulge then lovely grey wall.
26 MaySurtana
Patty F6c+ Alt Two hard pitches (6c+) and a slightly less hard (6b+) pitch that was more sustained and felt harder. Fingers very painful.
28 MayCala Goloritze
Sole Incantatore F6c 2nd Excellent 5 pitch route up the Aguglia Goloritze. Failed to lead pitch 3 (6b+) so let Steve lead it all.
30 MayCala Fuili
Silja F6a led Very humid so ended up having to use some rest points.
15 JuneReecastle Crag, Borrowdale
Rack Direct E2 2nd Had been helping on a Bob Graham attempt the day before so Steve led everything. Amazed that my legs could do anything!
Finger Flake Finish E2 2nd
Thumbscrew E3 2nd
22 JuneGiggleswick North
F6a Led
Boisterous Bloater F6b 2nd
29 JuneRylstone
The Hot Line E1 2nd The easiest E1 in Yorkshire!
16 AugustScafell Crag Long gap from last route as I have had elbow problems which are still not sorted out.
Central Buttress E1 AltNever done this before! Great to be back on Scafell after so many years.