/ Gritstone season
"The Gritstone Season Has Arrived"
Excuse my ignorance but whats that then?? Having not yet climbed on proper grit I have no idea about such things
Why is the gritstone season now when the weather has turned cold and wet and not in summer when the rock is warm and the weather is dry?
The best gritstone weather is cold and dry, when the friction is best; gritstone is very friction dependent, particularly at the highest grades. Summer can be sweaty and humid. It's a bit like granite in this respect, which from your profile you've climbed on.
You'd be amazed how much difference the cold makes. I went out at the weekend and scary problems with essentially no holds felt easy.
I would never even try these problems in summer because they'd be impossible.
The 'Winter gritstone season' is a modern invention. Don't get too worked up about it.
Nah it's not just the elite. On a lovely cool dry in October I went along Stanage Popular and climbed HS-E1s that I'd been climbing all summer and they felt grades easier.
> Nah it's not just the elite. On a lovely cool dry in October I went along Stanage Popular and climbed HS-E1s that I'd been climbing all summer and they felt grades easier.
Yeah agree, but if the difference in difficulty is marginal for me, then I'd rather have harder and warm over easier and freezing.
And I'm basically a crack addict, cracks are never easier in winter.
The answer is problem-dependent! If a problem has slopers or marginal holds, cold and dry weather makes climbing it easier. Simple.
This is not just for harder grades. A V4 sloper problem, for example, may still prove very difficult, or impossible in warm conditions.
They're not necessarily easier in summer either... have a look at my caption here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=116685 and then look at Neil's face. Says it all.
It doesn't have to be that dry either. I mean, a slab can be dry in just two hours after rain.
> It doesn't have to be that dry either. I mean, a slab can be dry in just two hours after rain.
Ahhh.. sticky damp..n'est pas?
> They're not necessarily easier in summer either... have a look at my caption here: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=116685 and then look at Neil's face. Says it all.
How did it go? I think I also tried it in ill advised conditions, got to what looks like the end from the bottom, and pumped out of mind, laid one on for the 'bound to be a jug' hold. Oh dear.
About the same as you, I'm guessing! Neil then strolled up it, of course...
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