I joined them heading to the Lakes on Monday where after dropping the gear at The Climbers Club Hut in Grange we headed for Shepherds to make best use of the remaining time. The well polished Borrowdale volcanic rock is a far cry from Ardnaumrchan Gabbro as well as being a bit steeper and Adam felt a bit of a pull whilst Ardus was a walk by comparison.
Bill getting steep on Adam
Sandy fighting his floating feet
A walk on Ardus
Day 2 and the weather was as glorious as predicted and we headed to Gimmer Crag. Lichen Grooves was the warm up route (it was right above us when we opened the Guide) and better than the name might suggest. A quick abseil took us down to the gear and a shuffle left saw us Kipling Grooves- the last pitch of which I found 'Rudy-'Ard' indeed! The day ended appropriately with a beer in the ODG- how else?
Bill on P2 of Lichen Grooves
Composed on the belay
looking down the Lichen Chimney
Not a bad day
Sandy commits to the undercling pitch
And then a wee pull to...
…a very wee stance for 2 big chaps!
End of the day
Roadside cragging… by Scottish standards!
The way to end the day!