/ What's on your wishlist?
Most of the climbs on mine are slightly aspirational, things I'd need a strong partner or a bit of an improvement to tick - but I try to keep the list realistic, nothing on there more than one grade above my best onsight trad lead.
It is usually a dramatic photo or seeing a route first hand that push particular lines into my consciousness. Sometimes it is something a partner has done and raved about.
My top UK targets for this summer are
Lunakhod, Matchless, Moonraker and Skeleton Ridge - I'll be well chuffed if I tick that lot.
tons of stuff tat looks good and is feasible so that i might remember when in the area.
Ooh, I'm very psyched for Matchless. And Sacre Couer. I'm hoping for some culm action in a few week's time.
Basically this is my wishlist:
But if I could only do one route off it this year, it'd be Grey Panther at Kilt Rock.
Other, sub E1 things I'm most excited about? Dragon and Fionn Buttress on Carnmore, Centurion on the Ben, Scavenger at Gogarth and Great/Bow Combination on Cloggy. Oh, and all of these:
Enjoy Lunakhod, it's proper ace. I remember after doing loads of brilliant climbing I looked up from a good rest to see that I was only half way up, and there was loads more brilliantness to go :)
C'mon Ivan, Get in touch and we'll go and do Matchless and Lunakod
Lots more as well on there as well!
The rest on your list are all brilliant though - Cassin on Piz Badile is a true classic.
Strange Little Girl at Wintour's. Looks fantastic, and for me is in that category of very hard, but (hopefully) not impossible.
Climbs that have beaten me repeatedly are always high on my to do list, especially if at grades I'm normally ok on; there's currently two of these, both at E2 5c - The Goblin King at Goblin Combe, and Bulging Flies on Fly Wall.
and the rest are mostly just things that look awesome and have great reputations.
Suicide Wall (Cratcliffe), Moonraker, Octo, Sirplum (Cheedale), Welsh 3000ers.
If I get them there's a list of about another 200!
The night I spent at Death Bivi on my second attempt (at least we got as far as the top of the Ramp on the first attempt), in a nightmare of rain, hail, snow and gale force winds - all at the same time, was one of the worst experiences of my life. And the 2 day retreat from there under appalling conditions and constant bombardment, probably took 10 years off my life..lol
Piz Badile is a glorious romp, and GW on a moody overcast midweek day, when we were the only people on the crag, remains one of those truly great memories.
Dream/Liberator is brilliant - but I reckon Deja Vu is even better.
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