Wednesday, 1 August 2007
We didn't manage Totalitarian ( the Ken Wilson sanctioned replacement for Deer Bield Buttress) yesterday as previously reported. We climbed it this morning braving the midges to reach some superb climbing.
This afternoon we stepped up the pace and managed to get the 2 Gimmer routes climbed just before the rain hit. Thanks to Alan and Stephen who were out on the crag with us and who also climbed The Cracks.
Thanks also to Lakeland climbing legend Dave Birkett who joined us in the ODG and gave us his support. Great effort on your latest E9 Dave!
Just to let everyone know that Chris made short work of the strenuous crux of Praying Mantis, over 43 years after he made the 2nd ascent of the route! He's amazing, great company to climb with and still as fit as ever leading the way on the steep scramble and walkout from Goat Crag.
Mark (via mobile phone en-route to N Wales)