Borrowed time for rock

The summer season is coming toward its end. I’ve been fortunate enough to bag some excellent routes in the late summer.

 

At the belay after pitch 4 of The Pause E1,5b
  
Another trip to the Etive slabs found me on The Pause, another 4 star classic and an absolutely brilliant slab route. 

Belaying Kev on pitch 5 of The Pause E1,5b
 
Possibly one of my top five routes on Scottish rock so far.

 

Esk Butress, Lake District
  
Heading in a different direction, Chris and I teamed up to bag 2 classic routes on the impressive Esk Buttress in the Lakes. Trespassers Groove and The Red Edge. 

Chris flying up pitch 1 of Trespassers Groove HVS,5a

Trespassers Groove, a classic “thuggy” HVS was sadly looking very dirty and neglected, more traffic needed. 
  
Pitch 1 of The Red Edge E1,5a
 

The Red Edge conversely was clean and sound with brilliant moves from start to finish.

There have been lots more routes in between then and now but another highlight came today on Totalitarian of Raven Crag, Thirlmere.

 

Looking back at Ole after the traverse pitch of Totalitarian E1,5c
  
Ready to tackle the crux pitch of Totalitarian E1,5c. Didn’t look so fresh shortly after!

An excellent route of sustained interest, although having an audience which included a trainee British Mountain Guide on the lead of the crux pitch certainly added a “no pressure” feeling to it.

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