2007 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.

Date Route Grade Led Notes
1 April Water-Cum-Jolly
  Fear of Flying E2   Not been climbing for ages.
  Palmolive E1   Short technical section.
  Dead Tree Crack E1   Tricky groove climbing.
  Sweet FA E1   Beginning to tire - describes what was left in the tank!
13 April Trow Gill
  The Great Big Onion F6a y Very easy - especially if you can do off-widths!
  Clapham in Irons F6a+ y A couple of tricky sections.
  Alick F6b+   Good and sustained climbing.
  Off the Wagon F6a+ y Very easy apart from a 3m section in the middle.
  Boogie Wonderland F6a   Started to tire, so began going for mileage.
  Ash Tree Groove F6b+   Made a right pig’s ear of the top groove.
20 April Dib Scar
  Old Dog New Tricks F6a   Greasy and damp. Not too confident today so only seconded.
  Nettle Whine F6a+   Pumped already due to the cold!
  Slimline E1   An awkward start but OK after that.
  Natural Born Runners E2    
  Britvic Fifty Five F6c   Actually felt fairly easy because things had dried out through the afternoon.
27 April Giggleswick South
  Under Pressure F6a y Easy for the grade but OK as a warm up.
  Bella Calcio F6b y Good climbing - nicely technical with interesting moves.
  Mi Vida Loca F6c   Perhaps I wasn’t warmed up!
  Nutbush F6a+ y Still feeling pumped from the previous route.
  City Limits E2   Perhaps the hardest moves we did all day.
  Suburban Sprawl F6b y Just one long move (or jump) with a lot of easier climbing.
  Real Gone F6b   Starting to feel tired now.
13 May Malham
  Hyperspace F6b+ y Bit of a shock for the first route of the day. Got totally pumped!
  The Scene of the Crime F6c   Still pumped from the previous route.
  Rose Coronary F7a   Had a good break between the last route and this - managed it better than I have done for a long while.
15 May Malham
  Bella Lugosi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ y The more usual warm up.
  Sychophants F7a   Working it - definitely got easier as the evening went on.
19 May Malham
  Bella Lugosi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ y The usual warm up again.
  Sychophants F7a   Working it - just found it hard today.
  Puddlejumper F7a   Just on top rope - could do all the moves so may be better going for this on the redpoint.
20 May Froggatt
  Brightside E2   Technical moves out of Swimmer’s Chimney.
26 May Black Crag, Borrowdale
  Raindrop E1 y Straightforward climbing apart from the top groove.
26 May Reecastle
  Rack - Finger Flake Finish E2   Still find the HVS part of the Rack as hard as the rest of this route.
  Thumbscrew E3   Felt weary, which led to sloppy footwork making it harder than it should be.
29 May Rylstone
  Monument Crack E1   Very cold and windy - had hands like blocks of ice. Fell off the initial bulge! Spent the rest of the evening on HVSs.
10 June High Crag Buttermere
  Nebucharnezzar’s Dream E1   Nice sustained climbing.
  Gethsemene E1   Very easy for the grade.
  The Philistine E1   I’d forgotten just how good this was - one of the best routes of its grade anywhere.
17 June Millstone Edge
  Embankment Route 3 E1 y Completely different to what I have been climbing so far this year. so I took a fall!
  Regent Street E2   Just knackered - don’t know what was up with me today but I struggled on everything.
24 June Malham
  Bella Lugosi and the Ledge Lizards F6a+ y The usual warm up again.
  Puddlejumper F7a y Basically, worked it - got most of it in one link, just need to sort the first 3 metres or so.
28 July Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Wheels on Fire F6a+ y The usual warm up here - which just happens to be the best route on the crag. Not been out for ages.
  The Inertia Syndrome F6a+ y Not led this one before.
  Storm Force F6b y Not done this one before.
  Second Wind F6a+ y A bit of a one move wonder.
  Sportingle Wall F6a+   Quite loose and not at all pleasant.
26 August Chee Tor
  Match of the Day E2   Really pleasant climbing.
  Flycatcher E1   Much harder than Match of the Day.
1 September Stanage
  Left Unconquerable E1   Just as good as its better known twin.
  Namenlos E1 y One of the few classic Stanage E1s that I’ve never done before.
  Millsom’s Minion E1   Found the pockets on the start of Billiard Buttress to be the hardest bit!
15 September Great Wolfrey
  Shades of Green E3   Failed to lead. However it is never E3, more like bottom end E2.
29 September Stanage
  Death and Night and Blood E1   My two hundredth route on the crag.
  Tales of Yankee Power E1   A bit of a micro route.
  Flaky Wall E1   Very hollow.
  Bastille E1   The hardest of this three.
8 October Running Hill Pits
  Gomorrah E1   Easier than the HVS to the left.
14 October Stoney Middleton
  Mani E1   Very mirky and damp so just top-roped everything.
  This Wall! E2   A bit of loose rock on this.
  Om E1   Again damp in the drizzle.
20 October Black Crag, Pike O’ Blisco
  Glass Slipper E2 y A long time since I’ve done this. Nice and delicate.
  Sleep on my Pillow E1   Not done this before - delicate despite its steepness.
3 November Brimham
  Rotifer E1   Just top-roped it, have soloed it years ago.
25 November Giggleswick South
  The Second Icefield F6a+ y Felt easier than the grade.
  The White Spider F6a y Good climbing but a bit damp.
  The Ice Hose F6a y Really quite nice climbing. Don’t remember Yew trees on the North Face!
  The Flat Iron F6a+ y Beginning to get tired.
  The Exit Cracks F6b   Definitely tired.
  The Hinterstoisser Traverse F6b   Being a traverse, no point in both leading.