/ First Grit Day of the Year
Such a great day. The great people I was with made a difference of course but just that feeling of moving on grit again - the initial terror that you feet aren't going to stick followed by the slow realisation that actually they will. Lovely.
Hope you all had a good weekend climbing.
Just eyeing up some new cams, getting very excited about more climbing days.
I love Birchen, always a relaxed, friendly atmos there. I've not hit the grit at all yet due to the unexpected long winter season. I had a day at Stoney Middleton last week and got beasted! If this nice weather keep till the weekend I'll get out on grit for sure even if its just bouldering
I think the last time I was out climbing at all must have been last November. :-(
I was out at Gardoms on saturday and got up my first VS!
But that was my fourth time on grit this year - getting out over winter is actually pretty doable (even if you live in one of the flattest bits of England like we do) provided you've got the flexibility to pick the odd day when it's going to be just not quite too cold...
Gardoms yesterday was the first time I've been on a rope in ages. I felt unfit, heavy and rusty, grit always seems to do that, we're not well suited the grit and me. Still, it was a nice day out :)
> Gardoms yesterday was the first time I've been on a rope in ages. I felt unfit, heavy and rusty, grit always seems to do that, we're not well suited the grit and me. Still, it was a nice day out :)
Sounds like me and the Roaches last week - I'd climbed on the grit only once in the last 18 months. I backed off of two routes due to being timid, and unsure of everything from footwork to gear placements to my own strength.
Square peg round hole etc and so on. Sometimes I think I should an effort to climb on grit more... And then I just think stuff it I'm not that bothered!
Maybe to those weirdo freaks that climb when it's COLD :-)
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