Spring sport climbing

Just spent another very pleasant hour or so at the local crag at St. Montan. Lovely sunshine, great routes and very relaxing without all the normal faff and time-wasting.

Again, we just drove 15 minutes, walked 2 minutes and then got on the climbs. This was handy, as I didn’t have lots of time to spare, and neither did Matt, so it was two good routes and then back in time for lunch.

I lead both routes this time, which were Galactica 5b and le Dièdre de la Terreur 5b. What was really enjoyable was the variety in the two routes, which were only a metre apart. Galactica was steep and burly, but with great handholds, whilst le Dièdre de la Terreur was balancey in the first half and then with bolder laybacking in the top half.

There’s still nothing like trad climbing, but I’m really enjoying sport climbing here with the obvious attractions of good weather and lack of stress. It’s also giving me more confidence for improving my trad grade. More on that to follow.


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