2008 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.

6 JanStoney Middleton
 St PeterE1yThe year gets off to a flying start - took a fall from just above the crux.
 OmE1 Not as damp as last time we did it.
16 FebMalham
 Friday the 13thE3 Struggled as I’ve not climbed for ages and it was the last route of the day.
16 MarGiggleswick South
 A Good Walk RuinedF6b+yFelt very easy.
 Four IronF6c Didn’t feel that hard - in fact easier than the next.
 Par ThreeF6b+ A couple of really hard moves.
 In The RoughF6byA bit of a one move wonder.
 Slap and GiggleE1 Quite poor. Didn’t lead any of the rest as I was getting weary after the long run yesterday.
 Prime CutE2 Really pleasant and surprisingly unpolished.
 The ArchesE1 Back to one move wonders!
22 MarMalham
 Begosi ...F6a+yYep, the usual warm up.
 HyperspaceF6b+yPerhaps I hadn’t warmed up - got really pumped on the top wall.
 Frankenstein.F7a+ Not as bad on this as I usually am.
 SychophantsF7a Again didn’t feel as bad as last year.
30 MarMalham
 Bella Lugosi ...F6a+yThis is getting boring...
 Rose CoronaryF7a Did as well on this as I’ve ever done. Then my knee gave way so didn’t get much else done.
6 AprGiggleswick South
 The Ice HoseF6ayFelt very easy.
 The White SpiderF6a+yAgain, easy with just one move that you need to think about.
 The Second IcefieldF6a+yTricky start then pleasant.
 The Constant GardenerF6ayNot done this one before. Began to snow as I was starting it. Everything was wet by the time I got to the top!
13 AprGiggleswick South
 Two for OneF6ayFelt very easy.
 Adjusted HoursF6a+yAgain, easy with just a couple of tricky moves.
 Yorkshire BramblerF6byQuite awkward to half height.
 NutbushF6a+yA bit over bolted!
 Suburban SprawlF6byDid the long move statically this time.
 Uptown GirlF6b+yVery cruxy - the top rib was wet.
 TuskF6b Failed to lead.
 Thin Blue LineF6ayFelt as hard as any of the F6bs we had done earlier.
19 AprGiggleswick South
 Road BlockF6cyThere’s an F6a way and an F6c way - we chose the latter.
 FreewayF6byQuite nice but spoilt by the midway ledges.
 Slip RoadF6b+yA nice technical lower wall and a lunge at the top.
 Fallen HeroesF6a+yFelt hard and was a bit creaky on the lower wall.
 Amical RivaliteF6a+ Had got really cold belaying Mike so failed to lead!
25 AprLos Frontales, El Chorro
 PuitferioF6aySupposedly only F5+ but at least as hard as the following and a very long pitch compared to what I’ve been doing so far this year.
 La Chica PelirrojaF6ayAnother long route.
 Er Vuelo de los PuelosF6b+ySupposedly F6a+ but at least a grade harder.
 SuperpotenciaF6b+ Another sandbag at F6a. Fell off just seconding.
26 AprDesplomilandia, El Chorro
 MenasastruelF6a+yA bit too early - we were still in the sun.
 RantamplanF6ayThis and the next route were more British in nature.
 DuploF6a+yAt least they were graded correctly.
 Efecto SecundarioF6aySome really nice climbing up a red wall and roofs on jugs.
 Vaya PiezaF6bySustained and really good climbing.
 Las Cosas de MikeF6a+yGraunchy start then some totally blank slabs.
 DeberocuerposF6a+yAnother long route with some good wall climbing.
27 AprLos Frontales, El Chorro
 Verdes VenonesF6b+ A 37m pitch which made lowering off interesting. Good climbing on tufa like rock.
 Unamed cracklineF6byI think this is the warm up line for the Poema de Roca cave routes.
 Frente Popular de JudeaF6b+yA long pitch on Verdonesque type limestone. Some excellent climbing with some long, long moves at the top.
30 AprMalham
 Begosi ...F6a+yYawn.
 PuddlejumperF7a A bit more working of this (after a year’s break).
11 MayRainbow Slab area, Llanberis slate quarries
 Bella Lugosi is deadE2 Got rained off Cloggy. A bit awkward in non-edging shoes.
 Horse LatitudesF6b Reasonable climbing.
17 MayRobin Proctor’s Scar
 Wheels on FireF6a+yPleasant as ever. A bit of cragging on the way back from the Fairfield race.
 Tombstone BluesF6ayEasy
 Subterranean Homesick BluesF6a+yA good bit harder than Wheels on Fire.
 Central ButtressF6byNot done this before - quite good and sustained.
18 MayPot Scar
 L.S.D.E1yJust part of an easy team afternoon at the crag.
21 MayDib Scar
 Old Dog New TricksF6ayThe start which is on a HVS is the hardest part!
 Nettle WhineF6a+yNice long moves between good holds
 Left to RoamF6byThe start is really contrived, the rest isn’t much better!
 Revived Forty FiveF6cyQuite sustained.
 Britvic Fifty FiveF6c Just starting to tire.
24 MayTrow Gill
 Starter For TenF6byTricky for the grade, but still a poor route
 Tex’s Midnight RunnersF6a+yAnother poor route
 Freak OutF6b+yBrilliant! One of the best routes I have done this year.
 Sunday BestF6a+yApart from one long reach, quite easy
 AlickF6b+yNice sustained climbing
 Boogie WonderlandF6ayEasy and a bit wandering.
 The WastelandsF6byJust a couple of awkward moves.
8 JuneTwo Tier Buttress, Cheedale
 Machineries of JoyE1yFelt really nervous - we’d failed on lots of other things.
17 AugRobin Proctor’s Scar
 Tombstone BluesF6ayEasy. Took the safe option in trying to get some climbing done.
 Subterranean Homesick BluesF6a+yA bit damp.
 Wheels on FireF6a+yStill good.
 The Inertia Syndrome (Revisited)F6a+yStarting to feel tired - not surprising given how little climbing I’ve been doing. Then started to rain.
27 SepTrow Gill
 Blackout in the Big AppleF6ayA short tricky section round the bulge but a poor route.
 Sunday BestF6a+yFelt easy.
 AlickF6b+ Glad I didn’t lead it as I was beginning to feel tired.
 Boogie WonderlandF6ayManaged to fall off!
 Off the WagonF6b Just to tire ourselves out.