Creamer and Schirrmacher's Purple Patch

© Tom Briggs
Lucy Creamer and Katherine Schirrmacher experienced a purple patch at Raven Tor in the Peak District recently. Creamer redpointing Boot Boys a fierce pockety Fr 8a+ (some say 8b) and bouldering Ben's Roof, Font 7c+, Schirrmacher grabbing a redpoint ascent of Out Of My Tree, Fr 8a.

Katherine tells

"We'd been going down to Raven Tor with Zippy (Mark Pretty).  Lucy and I were fairly aimless; Zippy was on Boot Boys, so Lucy got on that and whilst they were belaying and climbing, I was bouldering about at the bottom near them and realised I could do the boulder problem to Out of My Tree, so I decided to get on that.  Fortunately I seemed to get stronger and stronger over the next 3 weeks and managed to piece it all together quite quickly (not that there's much to piece together, you're in safety after only 8 moves).

Lucy is climbing really well, in a purple patch as she puts it.  It looks like the enforced 2 months (relative) rest (for Lucy) after her finger injury did her some good and fuelled her up for all those shit crimps and polished feet at the Tor.  Ben's Roof seemed like a formality to her - she almost did it on her second day."

Katherine also reports the demise of the stump at the base of Out of My Tree," I went there today and some twit has chopped off the tree stump at the bottom of OOMT- shame - cut down a bit of history and the chance to brush the starting holds from the ground."

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1 Nov, 2006
Boot Boys is 8a+ (some say 8b), not 8a as stated by the news item. It's generally considered to be one of the hardest, gnarliest at it's grade in the peak.
1 Nov, 2006
Thanks Boy. Updated. Mick
2 Nov, 2006
Yes, she pulled on the mono.
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