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