Trad Climbing: Eskdale

Oops, two months without a post. Oh well, I do have a fairly good excuse – daughter number two joined the family at the end of April.

So, given that we would be back in the UK for some time for the baby, I decided to finish off my Single Pitch Award for rock climbing. It felt like a slightly risky strategy, but, basically, you never have enough time to do things the way you like, so you might as well just go for it.

High on Easy Slab VD

This strategy worked well, with an excellent outing to Hare Crags in the tranquil Eskdale valley. I ticked off five lead climbs, which was a good warm up and got my trad climbing head back in gear (think fiddling with pro, long run-outs, the occasional bold move).

Getting to grips with trad again: Pleasant Slab S

John was game for some cragging and happy to belay, so we started on Easy Slab VD, which was on lovely, rough granite, but slightly lacking in protection. We then moved onto Pleasant Slab S to its right – again good, but slightly bold after a bit of a lay-off from trad. To end the session at Hare, we sneaked around to The Central Slabs and I lead Jugged Hare MVS* and Slab Route S. Jugged Hare definitely got the heart going, with no protection at all on the first slab!

Slab Route S

Continuing with the Eskdale trad road trip, we stopped in at the Fisherground bouldering area, and played around on some problems. Of particular note was The Diamond, a superlative highball problem. Although slightly delicate once on the face, and seemingly far off the ground, it is a great problem. We then strolled up to Ranks Bank, also known as Fell End or Outward Bound Crags. The last route of the day was an unnamed line again on superb granite, but rather polished at the crux and similarly without much protection.

Superlative boulder problem: The Diamond

Great to be back in the trad game!

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