2011 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.

23 OctGiggleswick South
 Sergeant BilkoF6a+y Poor and a bit spooky in the middle section.
 Get ShortyF6a+y The crux is easy once you figure it out.
 Red DwarfF6ay Getting a bit dirty at the top.
 The Little WasterF6b  Three bolts and three tricky moves.
 Norman WisdomF6a  The lower half is OK but the quality deteriorates as you get higher.
 Red DwarfF6a+  All a bit damp and greasy.
23 JulyRobin Proctor’s Scar
 Tombstone BluesF6ay Felt easy.
 Subterranean Homesick BluesF6a+y Easy apart from a couple of moves that you can yard through.
 Wheels on FireF6a+y Still good.
 The Flying HorsemanF6a+y I'm sure something has come off this, felt harder than normal.
 Drillers in the MistF6b  Just top-roped it after lowering off the previous route.
3 JulyStonestar Crag
 ColumbiaE1  A very hot day, this was our third crag.
5 JuneGoat Crag
 Preying MantisE1  Finally finished off the Lakeland Hard Rock routes!
8 MayTrollers Gill
 Yew Can DoF6a+  Felt very jaded after yesterday.
 The Booker PrizeF6c  Nice technical wall with a steep finish.
 Korean Canine KebabF6b+  Not very good - snappy in the lower part with a belly flop to finish.
1 MayCraig y Merched
 Faltenbalg ConnectionE1y Found it easy.
 Vermillion WashE1  Technical section to get to the break, a bit dirty.
 Magic MushroomE1y Good climbing but necky up to half height, pretty hard for the grade.
 The Flourish of StrumpetsE1  Hardly worth the grade - a couple of VS moves to an easy 5c move.
24 AprilPavey Ark
 CapellaE1y Led it all. Just really good climbing, especially the first pitch.
17 AprilHawkswick Crag
 Tower FaceE1  Felt pretty easy.
10 AprilWitches' Quarry
 CrucibleE1  A short tricky groove. Felt quite jaded.
8 AprilGreat Close Scar
 GormE1  Steep limestone jamming!
 Black DeathE1y Hard for the grade, bold and technical on the lower wall.
 A Tishoo, A TishooE2 Quite good but a bit contrived at the top.
3 AprilAnglezarke
 First FinaleE1  Given E2 in the guide but it's easier than Terror Cotta at HVS!
 Mu 'AzibE1  Steep and slightly loose.
19 MarCrummackdale
 Arc de TriomphE1  Not as good as the guidebook makes out. Part of a day mainly doing HVSs.
6 MarGiggleswick South
 Pensile WallF6ay The lower half is a retro-bolted E1.
 Catman DoF6a+y A bit of a lurch on the crux.
 Prowling AroundF6b  Just top-roped it as I wasn't feeling too confident.
 The JokerF6a+y Not very good.
 Titter Ye NotF6c  Quite easy apart from the next to last move which is really hard.