Hard Rock and some granite


The underling pitch of Kipling Groove, HVS 5a
This summer I have had to make quality the focus of any climbing ventures rather than quantity.

Recently, that has been very solidly achieved without attention set on classic adventurous and mountain crag routes when the weather has permitted.

Andy and I had a great day checking out the ominous Etive Slabs. We opted for the 4 star classic VS, Spartan slab. A great route taking a rising traverse across the slabs with incredible views and continually interesting climbing at every point.

The sustained corner pitch of Spartan Slab, VS,5a

A few days later, Adam and I headed to Gimmer Crag in Langdale to get on the two “Hard rock” classic routes The Crack and Kipling Groove.

Adam Godwin on pitch 2 of The Crack – Gimmer, VS,4c

Two excellent and contrasting routes, with The Crack proving to be a strenuous and thuggy route (certainly stiff for VS,4c) compared with the exposed and delicate Kipling Groove. 

Adam Godwin on pitch 3 of Kipling Groove, HVS 5a

Adam and I agreed that Kipling Groove is without doubt one of the finest routes of its grade which either of us have climbed and possibly one of my top 3 rock routes thus far. An outstanding climb with great moves and outrageous positions and exposure.  

Descending from Gimmer for tea and medals

There is still plenty of time for more adventure before the tools come out for winter… 


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