Friday 25 April 2014

Today in Borrowdale

Last day of the Glenmore Lodge staff training in the Lake District today and we all wanted a route on the way home. We stopped off in Borrowdale and Giles and I went to Black Crag to have a look at The Mortician. The first pitch was an unfortunately greasy 4b but the second pitch was great- full on HVS. After a hard pull to get established in the corner a series of technical moves and steep steps always led to a rest before more of the same. The finger traverse on the Super Direct onto the Pinnacle itself felt a doodle afterwards.
End to a good week despite it being necessary to dodge the rain. Always great to climb with this bunch of friends/colleagues, indulge in some banter (amazing how well rocks can be hidden in rucksacks really), review the winter and get lots of early season mileage.
Sampled 3 great pub menus in Hawkshead and did a little shopping at the ever friendly, helpful and well stocked Needlesports in Keswick.
 Giles getting involved with the steep start to pitch 2 of The Mortician
 Looking steep up there
 Still steep and still going!
 Looking down over the Pinnacle, more of the team visible far below
Giles and Derwentwater

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