It has all been about grit trad these last few weeks and I've been lovin it big time!
So starting the train rolling was a trip over to Eastwood rocks a couple of weeks ago now, to have a look at the famous roof climb Fat Slapper E7 6c. This was made famous by Seb's ascent in the dvd Hard Grit, although I hadn't heard of many ascents since then! So wasn't sure what to expect. Anyway, after having a quick look at the moves and checking out the gear we both made ascents in good time.
The following day we spent the morning in some dirty little quarry, on an amazing sharp arête called Speak the Truth E7 6b. Having no gear on it, its just a solo with quite a balancy start above a slopey landing. Another a quick look at the moves and it was in the bag. Even got both ascents on film! Check out the little vieo edit..
We then headed down the road to Black rocks to have a look at some stuff on the green slab up at the top. The next line to go down was Velvet Silnece E6 6c and then finally to finish off a great day Jumping on Beatle E6/7 6c.
Then a couple of weekends ago we headed up firstly to Froggat where I sketched my way up Benign lives E6/7 6c and then over at Moon buttress on Curbur, Ethan cruised his way up Moon maddness E7 6c.
This last weekend we were back up at Curbar with photographer Mike Hutton to finish off Cool Moon E7 6c and then hopped across to Gardoms to do Spanish Fly E6 6c and The Igloo E5 6b.
Check out Mikes website for more cool shots! http://www.mikehuttonphotography.com/
Then finally, last Sunday I met up with London boy Andre Hedger and his Dad and managed to fight my way up Coventry Street E5 6b and Andre pulled off a great onsight of London wall!
So thats all folks for now.
Weather seems to have turned to shit this last week but hey...rugby and cricket on this weekend so I'm happy!!!!!
( photo Mike Hutton)
(photo Mike Hutton)
Sketching up Benign lives (photo Ethan)
Evening light on The Igloo
Mike getting in close!
Ethan nearly there on Cool Moon
Evening sun at Gardoms
Mid-way on Cool Moon
Starting up Coventry Street
Onto the top headwall on Coventry
Andre rocking it on London wall (photo Hedger)
Crux on Coventry Street!