Adam and I had originally spoken about heading to Skye this weekend for a ridge traverse and some mountain rock routes but given the plummet in temperatures and the pants weather forecast, we decided to head South to the Lakes and get some routes in before the weather closed in.
On Friday evening we headed to the all too accessible Shepherds Crag to squeeze as much climbing in during the evening as possible before dark. We warmed up in the Classic VS Fisher Folly, finishing it more directly than normal by following the line of the E2 route, M.G.C.
After this I was keen to get on a good extreme and opted for Conclusion in the Brown slabs area, a classic multi pitch E1. No route finding required here, a stunning, pure line of great technical climbing the whole way. It didn’t help that it was a bit wet but with the winter climbing mentality still engaged I wouldn’t entertain backing off!
Feeling pleased with our efforts we bivvied up for the night.
The following morning we headed to Black Crag in Borrowdale with Troutdale Pinnacle Superdirect and Raindrop in our sights. Superdirect turned out to be an outstanding climb, particularly the crux pitches and the grande finale emerging on to the iconic Troutdale pinnacle.
5 excellent pitches of contrasting climbing were enjoyed on this route with balancy, technical sections and steep, thuggy crack climbing in the mix. It is easy to see why this is a route held in high regard.
A bit annoyingly, it started raining as we tackled the last 2 pitches of the route which assigned our ascent of Raindrop to another day but it didn’t spoil this route. Another outstanding line and a great mini trip