Flipping heck.. that is one hell of a challenge, having walked in and climbed on Pillar I was hoping for a bus back to the car, and even walking from the NT carpark to Shepards crag doing a route and hitting the cafe seems like a long day... Good work fella.
It's a great outing, would encourage anyone who fancies it to give it a go, in whatever style suits. A mate has completed the round with a rope over a full weekend, another great way to go about it.
Rob, I'll let you lead the way with the Hard Rock version
I would happily campion a campaign to get Bowfell Buttress taken off the list off so called Winter routes.
I wonder how many "winter" climbers have done it in summer and seen the mess this fine route is in. It's like the FRCC decided to let the winter climbers have one Lakes classic route that could be trashed to maybe save others.
"No route finding issues here... though I muse at the long term sustainability of mixed climbing on these precious crags, and my own guilty conscience..."
I bet Sid and Alison might also feel the same now if they could see what's happening.
Just one thing that stuck in my mind from reading this the other day. Does down climbing a route count as a tick? Not arguing about the challenge as it's a set thing with defined rules but in general climbing if you say solo'd a route then to save time down climbed an easier route that you haven't done before can you claim the tick? On-sight downclimb? Top down (rather than ground up) if you bottle it and climb back up etc? 😉
Iam sure I've read that in the early days a route wasn't climbed properly until you had been up and down. Glad that didn't catch on!
Lovely article, and what an achievement!
Well-done also for having some old-skool fuel in there, not all energy gels and Clif/Tribe/Veloforte bars (nothing against any particular brand). Maybe two pork pies and a sausage roll should be part of the rules...