Saturday, 19 September 2009

Gimmer on Thursday

I got an early (0530) start from Glasgow to meet Jamie B in the Lakes. Today we went to Gimmer crag to enjoy some dry clean rock, sunny weather and a nice short walk in (although there were still a pair bivvying on a ledge at the bottom?). We were after a relaxing day hunting Classic Rock ticks so we jumped onto Bracket and Slab Route – but I couldn’t resist the clean Mild VS Direct start. Jamie got ‘the bracket’ which left me the juggy well protected ‘neat bit’ as I had no desire to tackle the overhung layback of ‘Amen Corner’- or the masochistic chimney above!
We made use of the chain to abseil (a good example of common sense ad in no way the thin end of a wedge) down the face and then climbed C Route which gave a nice contrast to our first climb of the day- steeper and more exposed before abing twice back to the bags.
The climbing in the Lakes feels quite relaxing compared to Scotland, short walk ins, lots of groups, very clean well travelled, solid rock (and dry weather too).

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