Saturday afternoon saw a great escape to cheddar for a quick blast with Vic’s and Steph, after being beaten to the warm up by another group, then digging out all my spare clothes because the girls had warn t-shirts and shorts to cheddar, never a good idea, as climbing at cheddar is an education in layering your clothes even on the sunniest of days.
A good warm up climbing a 6b, then onto find a project for the girls, on a semi rest-day I was more than happy to put the clips in. Up I went on a old 7a+ , the girls had a good go but it was not for Steph or for me to repeat.
Moving onto climb Manic Depression we found ourselves on much more enjoyable route, a great route with a tough upper crux, hard climbing, crimpy, terrible feet, tech’y and somehow bouldery, all words and feelings I had long forgotten about during my absence from climbing at cheddar that came flooding back as I dogged my way up some routes for the day, I had a lot of fun though, in a sick, failure based kind of way.
I have always believed it is good not to leave a crag without a project, this turned out to be easier than normal, the climb is up on the right hand side of Freaky wall.
A Long, sustained and a perfect route for their summer climbing project, in-fact it turns out I didn’t have the beans either so another trip for me back to cheddar to get the climb done is a must.