Dodging the rain at Almscliff

June 12th, 2008 by pebbles

Monday 2nd june. After several days dodgy weather, Will put out an email suggesting a monday dash over to almscliff before the next forecast band of rain.  This sounded like a fine idea, so ignoring the ominously lowering cloudbase we both set off.

Wills first target was Square Chimney/Whisky Crack(VS), as his previous stab at this was thwarted due to an accident on the Matterhorn Boulder just behind him. We did the route as alt leads – surely a first for a route under 15 metres long – Will knocking off Square Chimney ,  while I thrutched up Whiskey Crack on Swear Power.

After that I showed Will my favourite route on the crag – Zig Zag Direct,  which has a satisfyingly dynamic but non-strenuous overhang move – easy once you know the sequence!

Finally, both knackered but well pleased, we finished up on Cup and Saucer.  Will bridged the gap between the weirdly contorted wall and capping boulder  stylishly but I decided my stumpy little legs wouldnt do that so wiggled up the inside of the crack iguana stylee.  As we drove off the heavens finally opened and the rain lashed down – perfect timing.

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