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.

Date Route Grade Led Notes
23 Oct Giggleswick South
  Sergeant Bilko F6a+ y Poor and a bit spooky in the middle section.
  Get Shorty F6a+ y The crux is easy once you figure it out.
  Red Dwarf F6a y Getting a bit dirty at the top.
  The Little Waster F6b   Three bolts and three tricky moves.
  Norman Wisdom F6a   The lower half is OK but the quality deteriorates as you get higher.
  Red Dwarf F6a+   All a bit damp and greasy.
23 July Robin Proctor’s Scar
  Tombstone Blues F6a y Felt easy.
  Subterranean Homesick Blues F6a+ y Easy apart from a couple of moves that you can yard through.
  Wheels on Fire F6a+ y Still good.
  The Flying Horseman F6a+ y I'm sure something has come off this, felt harder than normal.
  Drillers in the Mist F6b   Just top-roped it after lowering off the previous route.
3 July Stonestar Crag
  Columbia E1   A very hot day, this was our third crag.
5 June Goat Crag
  Preying Mantis E1   Finally finished off the Lakeland Hard Rock routes!
8 May Trollers Gill
  Yew Can Do F6a+   Felt very jaded after yesterday.
  The Booker Prize F6c   Nice technical wall with a steep finish.
  Korean Canine Kebab F6b+   Not very good - snappy in the lower part with a belly flop to finish.
1 May Craig y Merched
  Faltenbalg Connection E1 y Found it easy.
  Vermillion Wash E1   Technical section to get to the break, a bit dirty.
  Magic Mushroom E1 y Good climbing but necky up to half height, pretty hard for the grade.
  The Flourish of Strumpets E1   Hardly worth the grade - a couple of VS moves to an easy 5c move.
24 April Pavey Ark
  Capella E1 y Led it all. Just really good climbing, especially the first pitch.
17 April Hawkswick Crag
  Tower Face E1   Felt pretty easy.
10 April Witches' Quarry
  Crucible E1   A short tricky groove. Felt quite jaded.
8 April Great Close Scar
  Gorm E1   Steep limestone jamming!
  Black Death E1 y Hard for the grade, bold and technical on the lower wall.
  A Tishoo, A Tishoo E2   Quite good but a bit contrived at the top.
3 April Anglezarke
  First Finale E1   Given E2 in the guide but it's easier than Terror Cotta at HVS!
  Mu 'Azib E1   Steep and slightly loose.
19 Mar Crummackdale
  Arc de Triomph E1   Not as good as the guidebook makes out. Part of a day mainly doing HVSs.
6 Mar Giggleswick South
  Pensile Wall F6a y The lower half is a retro-bolted E1.
  Catman Do F6a+ y A bit of a lurch on the crux.
  Prowling Around F6b   Just top-roped it as I wasn't feeling too confident.
  The Joker F6a+ y Not very good.
  Titter Ye Not F6c   Quite easy apart from the next to last move which is really hard.