2010 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
31 Oct Almscliff
  Blackpool Promenade E1   Easy apart from the stomach traverse at the end.
  Z-Climb Eliminate E1   Just the one hard move on the lower section.
24 Oct Giggleswick North
  The Hearty Breakfast F6a+ y A bit stiff for a warm up route.
  The Boltergeist F6b+ y A hidden hold on the crux lower wall. Had to redpoint it.
  Resins to be Cheerful F6c y Had two goes at redpointing this but fell on the same move each time.
  Life on Mars F6b   Felt a bit tired from the exertions to the right.
24 Oct Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Flying Horseman F6a y End of the day. Had been trying the F6c off to the left so felt jaded.
17 Oct Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Tombstone Blues F6a y Quite cold so good that it is easy.
  Subterranean Homesick Blues F6a+ y Still cold due to the wind.
  Wheels on Fire F6a+ y As good as ever - felt cold.
  Marshall Plan F6c y Finally got the red-point - been waiting since April. The wind was now baltic.
  Knocking on Heaven's Door F6a+ y A long time since I had done this. Felt strangely difficult for the grade.
  Flying Horseman F6a y Another that I hadn't done for a long while. Just a couple of moves on the middle wall. Time to go as the cold had got to us.
10 Oct Froggatt Edge
  Strapiombante E1   Easy apart from the last move. Had tweeked my hamstring earlier which made it feel harder.
25 Sept Comb HIll
  The Big Groove F6a+ y Quite pleasant.
  Shoulder Charge F6a+ y Not very good.
  Fine Tooth F6b y One very hard move near the bottom then easy. It was just effing cold!
25 Sept Giggleswick South
  The Constant Gardner F6a y It seems to have lost some holds.
  Displacement Activity F6a+ y A pity that the lower half isn't as good as the upper.
  Amical Rivalite F6a+ y I always find this hard for the grade.
  Comic Relief F6a y Not very good. Hollow and spooky.
  Suspend Eid F6b y Just a short thin section.
  Adjusted Hours F6a+   Just did this on top-rope to wind down.
12 Sept Castlebergh
  Poppies for Tea? F6a y A pile of crap!
  Blacksmith's Corner F6a y An even bigger pile of crap!
  Victoria Hall Fa y Tricky to start and with a nice finish.
  Ye Olde Naked Man F6b y Just a couple of awkward moves at half height.
  Off the Rails F6a+ y Quite pleasant but spoilt by the ledge at two thirds height.
12 Sept Giggleswick North
  Liquid Acrobat F6a y A nice lower half but a bit spooky at the top.
  Bad Genie F6c   Sustained. Did most of it on the lead but didn't have the strength to go for the red point.
4 Sept Trow Gill
  Sunday Best F6a+ y I'd forgotten how to do the crux! Felt a bit worrying at the top.
  Alick F6b+ y Thought it was F6b! So no wonder it felt a bit hard for the grade.
  Popmaster F6b+ y Easy until the final few moves.
  Boogie Wonderland F6a y Felt very easy after the last two routes.
  Clink F7a   Just did it on a top rope. A couple of hard sections then a very fingery crux.
  Disco Inferno F6b   One really hard, blind move.
30 August Blue Scar
  Some Blue for You E1 y Years since I've done this - also has the world's biggest thread!
  Blue Sister E3   Really struggled on this, partly due to getting the line slightly wrong.
  Desire F6a y Yet again!
  Ardour and Harder F6a+ y Still just the one move.
29 August Blue Scar
  Desire F6a y Becoming the traditional warm up.
  Rising Damp F6b y Mistook this for Ardour and Harder!
  Scarface F6c+ y A couple of decidedly hard moves, fortunately a decent rest between them. Needed a couple of rests.
  Underneath the Arches F6b y Meant to be F6a+ but harder than most of the F6bs to the right.
8 August Blue Scar
  Are we Mad? F6a y A bit damp at the bottom but otherwise OK.
  Beyond the call of Duty F6a y One tricky section through a bulge at the top.
  Make my Day F6b y Made some silly moves on the bottom section somehow.
  Desire F6a y More of a cool down today.
  Midge Repellent F6b   Getting pretty tired now - didn't rest or mess about but I wouldn't have been able to lead it.
1 August Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Tombstone Blues F6a y It had only just stopped raining.
  Wheels on Fire F6a+ y As good as ever - felt easy.
  The Shield   y Thought I'd have a go at this but got stymied by one move, still slightly damp from the showers.
1 August High Stoney Bank
  Summertime (and the weather is lousy) F6b   Steep with a distinct crux.
24 July Blue Scar
  Desire F6a y A nice warm up.
  Ardour and Harder F6a+ y One very tricky move but otherwise easy.
  Dark Summer F6b+ y Really quite sustained and intricate climbing.
  The Argument of Silence F6b y Sustained and a bit steeper than the other routes.
  Make my Day F6b   Slightly easier but with the crux at the top.
17 July Blue Scar
  Rising Damp F6b y Just a short crux section but otherwise pleasant.
  Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy F6b+ y Quite tough, especially since the chalk stopped before the hard climbing! Had been told this was F6a+...
  Desire F6a y Easy apart from one short section - long reach helped!
  Blue Blood F6c   Sustained. Was tired, not having done much steep limestone for a while.
27 June Wilton Three
  Canine Crucifiction E2   Low in the grade and with good gear.
  Brastium E1 y Felt a lot better on this than on Central Route a few weeks ago.
27 June Wilton Two
  Falling Crack E2   Pumpy and sweaty!
23 June Weem Crags
  The Real Mackay F6a y Hard to start then awkward all the way to the top.
  One Step Beyond F6a y Steep slab to a couple of very steep moves to the belay.
22 June Loch Tollaidh Crags
  Red Faced E1 y Pumpy crack leading to easy slab climbing.
21 June Stone Valley Crags
  Blood Feud E1 y Hard start then excellent slab climbing.
30 May Moughton Nab
  Arthurian Ledge Endk F6a y Not very good - quite loose in the lower half.
  Joust in Time F6a+ y A bit of a one move wonder.
  Camelot F6a y Quite pleasant.
  Knights of Old F6a y Harder than the F6a+!
  Birthday Girl Left Hand F6a y A little bit tricky.
  Party Pooper F6b y A technical sequence through a bulge but it's hard to avoid moving into other routes.
  Four Candles F6b y A couple of long reaches on steep ground.
  Icing on the Cake F6b y Missed a hold so took a flyer.
  Mordred F6b y Not very good, one long reach at the bottom then loose climbing to the top.
  Mildred F6b y Another unbalanced route with loose climbing above the initial wall.
23 May Attermire Scar
  Neon Crack E1   I’d soloed this years ago. You have to do the crux before you get the gear in!
16 May Giggleswick North
  Fianl Offering F6a+ y A really hard pull at the start then easy.
  Resins to be Cheerful F6c y Quite sustained. Did with one fall.
  Debbie Direct F6b y A really hard pull at the start then easy.
  The Craftsmen F6b+   A couple of really hard pulls in the middle, hard for the grade.
  Joinery F6a+ y Unpleasantly creaky and loose at the top.
15 May Troutal Gorge
  Pig Watching E2   Just top-roped. Rather dirty.
15 May White How
  Natural Progression E1   At the top end of the grade.
9 May Giggleswick North
  North of the Border F6a y A really hard pull at the start then easy.
  The Adze F6a+ y Spookily loose.
  Tong and Groove F6a y Not very good.
  Retro Killer F6b+ y Thin climbing to get to and past the second bolt then jug hauling.
  Ben Hur F6a y Steep and easy.
  Northern Sole F6a y A pleasant steep slab.
  A Block off the old Chip F6a y Steady climbing.
  The Hearty Breakfast F6a+ y One stiff move in the upper groove but otherwise nothing of note.
  Root Sixty Six F6a y Something pleasant to wind down on.
2 May Giggleswick South (again!)
  Catman Do F6a+ y A bit dynamic at the top!
  Feline Fun F6b y Nice and fingery to start, quite sustained and thought provoking.
  Get Shorty F6a+ y A tricky start followed by jug hauling.
  Rambling on my Mind F6a+ y One of the longer routes on this section, a bit pumpy near the top.
  Walk the Line F6a y Scrappy scrambling leading to a couple of good steep moves.
  The Little Waster F6b y Fingery climbing.
  Red Dwarf F6a y Dirty at the top which made clipping the belay interesting!
  Norman Wisdom F6a y Nice lower section then deteriorates.
  The Constant Gardner F6a y Quite loose with an interesting finish.
26 April The Cuttings
  Two Fingers F6a y Really polished. Felt weary on this so wasn’t too bothered about doing anything else.
  Rusty the Redneck takes one for the Team F6a+   Very good climbing on surprising holds but what a name!
24 April Blacknor South
  It’s My Life F6a y Everything felt a little greasy, again felt hard for the grade.
  Talk F6a+ y Got a bit mixed up near the ledge so took the biggest fall of the weekend!
  Ocean Drive F6a+   Pumpy! Felt quite tired
  Fear’s Younger Brother F6a y Thought it was a bit bold near the top - it turned out I missed the top bolt!
  Paying it Forward F6a y A really technical lower wall then good balancy climbing to a steep finish.
  Escape from the Dwaafee Room F6a y Another thin lower wall then pleasant climbing.
23 April Blacknor North
  Apfelstrudel F6a y Hard for the grade - F5+ in one guide - more like a hard F6a+!
  Actually, Shit Happens F6a y Good, steep jug pulling.
  Reptile Smile F6a+ y Pretty pumpy! Flowstone takes some getting used to.
  Pregnant Pause F6a+ y Long, long, with some amazing exposure at the top.
  The Lizard of Oz F6a   Quite technical, just followed it then led a bit and took some practice falls.
17 April Wilton 1
  Ann E1   A technical move low down to gain a ledge then pumpy cracks.
  Central Route E1 y Sustained. My first E1 lead since last May and the first since my accident. Had to rest a couple of times after I ran out of Oomph!
  Wombat Chimney E2   Still knackered from the previous route!
  Cameo E1   At least this was on your feet.
11 April Attermire Scar
  Brutus E2   No really hard moves but so pumpy! Quite drained from yesterday,
10 April Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Tombstone Blues F6a y A pleasant warm up.
  Wheels on Fire F6a+ y As good as ever - felt a bit pumped on this.
  Subterranean Homesick Blues F6a+ y Suddenly felt quite pumped!
  Central Buttress F6b y Seemed to have got some of my strength back as it didn’t feel so bad.
  The Marshall Plan F6b+ y Good climbing but was a bit nervous so ended up dogging it. Should do it OK next time.
  Decline and Fall F6b y A bit poor - was quite dynamic on this as I was getting tired.
  Second Wind F6a+   Definite end of the day.
8 April Panorama Crag
  Points of View F6a y Just one long reach really.
  Identity Crisis F6a+ y Another one move wonder
  Sneak Preview F6a y Somewhat overgraded, would probably be VS without the bolts!
  Curtain Raiser F6a y A bit damp and quite poor.
  Camer Shy F6a y This had been wet when we arrived but had just dried enough.
  Belle Vue F6a y Quite athletic but otherwise unremarkable.
8 April Giggleswick South
  The Ice Hose F6a y Steady away, you fight to keep out of the route to the right which is ...
  The White Spider F6a+ y Pleasant climbing.
  The Second Icefield F6a+ y Pleasant climbing with some surprising holds.
4 April Giggleswick South
  The Constant Gardner F6a y Quite loose with an interesting finish.
  Displacement Activity F6a+ y Short and off balancey climbing, only three moves really.
  Taking the Mickey F6a+ y Another route with a short sharp section.
  Minnie F6a+ y And again - a one move wonder.
  Catman Do F6a+   Getting tired so just followed this.
  Amical Rivalite F6a+   Very tired so lots of hanging on the rope!
13 Mar Stoney Middleton
  Om E1   Second route pump!
  Mani E1   Still pumped! But somewhat easier than Om.
  Bingo Wall E2   Found this easier than the two E1s! Mind you it is more about footwork than brawn.
12 Mar Giggleswick South
  The Ugly Duckling F6a y Short awkward crux.
  Atomic Kitten F6a y A really awkward finish.
  Rat Poison F6a y Quite dynamic on the upper wall.
  Crazy Paver F6a+ y Easier than the last two routes.
7 Mar Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Tombstone Blues F6a y Still pleasant and nice to be back on rock after over six months since my accident.
  The Marshall Plan F6b+   Struggled, but not surprising really since I’ve got no stamina.